Melissa Carroll
(@the.yoga.writer)

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"As meditation practice proceeds, we make a wonderful discovery: we do not have to learn how to be happy. We already know. Happiness is not an alien land. It is our homeland. Furthermore, we need not get rid of our busy 'Puppy Mind' in order to be happy...Puppy Mind is not the problem. Puppy Mind is not the affliction. The affliction is our reactivity to the puppy --- and to the ever-changing weather of the mind." -- Stephen Cope 🐶🙏🏼🔮 #wisdomofyoga #yogabook #puppymind #sadhana #kripalu #buddhanature #meditation #buddhism #gowithin #yogateacher #yogalove #padmasana #mudra #beherenow #mindfulness #mindfulwriting #ommanepadmehum #goingom #floridayoga #yogajourney #om #santosha #breathe #prana #pranayama #omshanti #chakrahealing #heavilymeditated

I know I made a whole post about my governing metaphor being a closed window -- to help me remember to be fully where I am in the present, no matter what it contains -- but when you're in the #blueridgemountains you've just got to throw open the windows, breathe the crisp fall air, and consider possibilities. 💫✌️🌿 #morningpages #metaphor #mindfulwriting #yogaretreat #artofliving #gypsysoul #boonenc #breathe #yogajourney #mindfultravel #wanderlust #wanderful #mamaearth #earthmedicine #chakrahealing #santosha #omshanti #yogateacher #goneexploring #beherenow #meditation #prana #openheartyoga #yogalove #gratefulheart❤️

Melissa Carroll
(@the.yoga.writer)

12 Days 12 Hours Ago

This is my plan for transforming my anger into useful fuel. Specifically, I want to support women artists, refrain from gossiping about other women, donate to @weareultraviolet and @flaforgillum, interrogate my internalized misogyny, and make more space for meditation. And to let myself feel everything I'm feeling. 🌋 anything else you'd add to your list? #kalima #womensupportingwomen #kavanaugh #vote #ibelieveher #metoo #alchemy

Melissa Carroll
(@the.yoga.writer)

13 Days 13 Hours Ago

Einstein was a notorious daydreamer. He was famous for recognizing the power of images and the imagination -- he wondered what it would be like to race a light beam, which led to his theory of special relativity. He understood the concept of a governing metaphor to inspire our lives. Collectively, we've seemed to agree on the overly simplistic and cliched metaphor of a journey for life. Alan Watts reminds us, though, that the journey metaphor implies effort toward a goal at the end. The pursuit of happiness. Work hard until retirement. Always look ahead. No thanks. My governing metaphor has always been a closed window. I know it sounds counterintuitive to the wellness world images of open vistas and possibilities, but for me my task has been to always be present. To not want to be looking out the window, wishing I were somewhere else. To be right where I am, whether that just happens to be overlooking the sweet beauty of the #blueridgemountains or sitting at home or waiting in line at the DMV (that's the advanced practice of presence). 😉🕉 What's your governing metaphor?

Melissa Carroll
(@the.yoga.writer)

13 Days 16 Hours Ago

The golden thread that works through everything. 🌞 This is one of the many reasons why I love being in nature: it forces me to slow down, pause amidst my racing/raging thoughts, and remember I'm connected to this mind-bendingly beautiful, fragile, powerful ecosystem. #sunrise #artoflivingretreatcenter #yogaretreat #yogawriting #goingom #suryanamaskar #mamaearth #earthmedicine #wanderlust #rememberbeherenow #naturewriter #mindfultravel #goneexploring #wanderful #satnam #omshanti #blueridgemountains #morningpages #amwriting #yogatraining #breathe #meditation #chakrahealing #vatabalance #grounding #prana #travelingyogateacher #yogatravel

Melissa Carroll
(@the.yoga.writer)

15 Days 12 Hours Ago

Sometimes we head to a remarkable place among the clouds with a sweet earth smell. Sometimes we punch holes in our armor and let ourselves be at home within ourselves, and with each other. Sometimes we spend our days studying the art of living with more peace. 🌱I always learn so much as a teacher (every teacher knows this). Every time I lead a teacher training group I'm always confronted with yet another side of myself that begs for homecoming, and I get the chance to rewrite my old narratives. I get the chance to open myself up to the students who show up with their open hearts, and they teach me. #gratefulheart #yogaretreat #yogafam #artofliving #wanderful #treehugger #blueridgemountains #goneexploring #yogajourney #omshanti #yogalove #yogawriting #wanderlust #mindfultravel #daringgreatly #yogatravel

"Resistance and Love: Resistance is directly proportional to love. If you're feeling massive resistance, the good news is it means there's tremendous love there too. If you didn't love the project that is terrifying you, you wouldn't feel anything. The opposite of love isn't hate; it's indifference." ✨ when reading is part of my job I'm a happy lil human. planning for the yoga & creative writing sessions in the mountains this weekend 📖✍️🌿and yes, I am trying to summon fall in Florida with flannel. #alltheflannel #hygge #thewarofart #isitfallyet #creativewriting #amreading #writingretreat #artofliving #boonenc #bookish #booklover #inspirationforwriters #prana #svadhyaya #creativeenergy

Melissa Carroll
(@the.yoga.writer)

25 Days 12 Hours Ago

4 short days until I'm back in the mountains for the fall equinox yoga + writing retreat. We're devoting each day to a chakra, with sunrise yoga sessions, journaling exercises, and daily meditations to connect to these whirlpools of awareness. We'll make space for our creative energy. We'll rekindle our relatonship to nature, and to ourselves, and to one another. Plus....the highs are supposed to be 70 degrees. Yum. . . . #mindfulwriting #writingretreat #svadhyaya #yogalove #yogaretreat #artofliving #northcarolinayoga #boone #wanderlust #gonehiking #theartofattention #goneexploring #wanderful #earthmedicine #labyrinth #yogajourney #goingom #breathwork #yogateachertraining #booneyoga #fallequinox #blueridgemountains #artoflivingretreat #prana #chakrayoga

Happy fall equinox, merry full moon, hallelujah darkness. And bucketloads of gratitude to @bindiface and @heavymetayogi at @sattva_yoga for a beautiful, nourishing, soulful sadhana tonight. That -- plus french fries and friendship -- is just what the (witch) doctor ordered. @the_social_psychic . . . . . #fullmoon #shriram #sadhana #journaling #prana #fullmoonvibes #meditation #yin #grounding #mindfulness #yogalove #seminoleheights #fallequinox #yogajourney #alwayslearning #omshanti

"Water is not a solid wall. Water will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember you are half water." --- Margaret Atwood . . . . #longboatkey #roamflorida #mindfulness #keepfloridawild #margaretatwood #amreading #naturewriting #earthmedicine #mamaearth #reiki #chakrahealing #theartofattention #redtide #sarasota #inspiringquotes #prana #svadhyaya #meditation #yogalove #explore #wanderful #wanderlust #omshanti #weareone #divinefeminine

Repost @larissahcarlson :: Takin a lil legs-up-the-wall break during the 200hr pranyama weekend @lotuspondyoga. Every time I take trainings from and assist @larissahcarlson I learn more and more about these dynamic, rich practices, about teaching, and about skillfully working with life force energy. She's an inspiration to living yoga off the mat. . . #gratefulformyteachers #sundayyoga #tampayoga #legsupthewall #viparitakarani #yogajourney #alwayslearning #yinyoga #yogalove #mindbodyspirit #pranyama #ytt #restorativeyoga #breathe #sangha #dirgha #theartofattention #yogagram #bepresent #grounding #chakrabalancing #yogateachers #savasana #santosha #yogavibes

Big ole thanks to @poetryroses and @creativepinellas for featuring my poetry. You can check out all three on their site, and here's the rest of this poem: "There is never just one thing. / Dread threads happiness, how wine takes the shape / of its cup. How a hammer creates melody. Beware / the finger pointing at the moon, beware the poem / for blood-pulse, for life itself. You know / I don't believe that, either. The poem is pulse, not diagram -- haven't you, with your own fingertips / reached into the page, made halos / with words, stepped into the temple and touched / the holiest thing directly? / When you are afraid, aren't you also / sharply alive? . . . . . #creativepinellas #litmag #poetrylover #amwriting #poems #amreading #writingretreat #bookish #writinglife #booklover #mindfulwriting #poetrybook #iturncoffeeintobooks #mindfulness #floridawriter #poetry #creativesoul #poetrycommunity #poetrylovers #poetrylove #readingissexy #booklover #yogawriter #mfa

Reiki Circle & Meditation this Sunday @sunyogatampa! I'm excited to share the good vibes -- you'll receive a guided chakra meditation and learn how we can work with life-force energy to promote our natural healing response. Reiki is both subtle and powerful. See you there! . . . . #reikilove #mindbodyspirit #reiki #raiseyourvibration #yogalove #yogatampa #healingjourney #cleansing #energyclearing #prana #chakrabalancing #earthmedicine #meditation #chakrameditation #omshanti

•water nourishes, heals, destroys, cleanses, drowns• •we love to anthropomorphize nature, especially the water• (this photo was taken month's ago before the red tide set in and turned the water rust-red, before dead fish scattered on the shoreline, before the smell of algae burned my throat -- which it did in sarasota, a few miles from this place) •protect, protect, protect (ie, vote in november) . #longboatkey #sarasota #naturewriting #redtide #om #travel #meditationspot #amwriting #mindfulwriting #grounding #wanderful #wanderlust #waterprotector #earthmedicine #mamaearth #reiki #theartofattention