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Significantly Satisfying Tiny Movement

By Deborah Penner / August 24, 2018

Stay curious. Notice the connections. Allow it all ~ Be satisfied with what is, with an ongoing curiosity about what else could be. What happens when I am willing to be curious about what my body can actually do rather than fold into the story of what it can no longer do because of pain, balance…

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Momentum is Never Locked In

By Deborah Penner / April 30, 2017

I approve of myself. A very long time ago, at least 28 years, when I first got my hands on Louise Hays’ You Can Heal Your Life, I started repeating these words over and over and over again.  It didn’t always feel very good and it definitely didn’t feel very true. At that time I…

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Self Judgment is Physically Painful

By Deborah Penner / April 23, 2017

Self judgment is physically painful. I discovered that in an unavoidable way one night  a few weeks back as I almost unconsciously (until it became conscious) slammed myself over and over again with one judgment after another. It felt so normal, this judgment. Normal. Routine. For a while, the judgement came in the voice of…

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Slow Down. Get Curious.

By Deborah Penner / March 26, 2017

Try not to sink into habitual sadness at the first hint of it. Instead, get curious. Notice the sensation of sadness for what it is: an indicator. Begin to question it. Notice instead that you could simply sink into your heart, into love. No matter what else wants its voice. Notice that first! Notice that.…

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Love Notes To My Small Self

By Deborah Penner / February 26, 2017

I have come to love my love notes to myself. Opening my journal this afternoon again, getting ready to write and landing on the page that said this: “Could you let the experience that you have of Me be unique to you, new, fresh everyday, every moment?” Remembering the moment that thought landed into my…

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Surrender Into Deep Freeze (aka Stillness)

By Deborah Penner / January 8, 2017

I spent some time  Saturday morning journaling about the positive aspects of icy roads, feeling stuck at home and solitude bordering at times on isolation. If everything is always working out for me (and it is) the roads should be clear so I can drive on them, dammit! Isolation isn’t good for me! Everyone knows…

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What If?

By Deborah Penner / January 1, 2017

What if , moment by moment in 2017, I abandoned all sense of limit and allowed myself to experience full-on Bliss in whatever way it makes itself known to me as defined by me and the moment? What if? What could open up? What does that level of freedom feel like? And can I have…

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Joyfilled Holidays to you

Joy Beneath the Chaos?

By Deborah Penner / December 25, 2016

Joy filled holidays from my heart to yours. I would love to be sitting across from you at Starbucks or Imagine Coffee (an artist’s haven in my area) or at Emily’s Beanery (the name my beautiful friend Bethlyn and I lovingly give to the Beanery near Market of Choice in Corvallis) having deep conversation. I…

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Breathe it In, Dance it Through

Breathe it In, Dance it Through

By Deborah Penner / December 11, 2016

Breathe it in, dance it through. Breath it in. Dance it through. Permission to feel it … whatever it is, to breathe it in, to dance it through. I started this morning as I woke up and yesterday jumped in almost instantly … and the day before and before … a series of intense and…

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Renewed Focus on What Matters (It's Not What You Think)

By Deborah Penner / November 13, 2016

I learned something crucial this week … For better or worse, my default is to go to worst case scenario. My children have been telling me this for most of their lives. I thought it was just them being my kids and playing devil’s advocate because that is what kids do. Turns out there was…

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