“I’ll Rise up”: February 2018

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s inspiring instruction this past week to the 156 elite gymnasts who testified in her courtroom about their abuse and assault. And, lyrics to a song by Andra Day: You’re broken down and tired Of living life on a merry go round And you can’t find the fighter But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out And move mountains We gonna walk it out And move mountains And I’ll rise up I’ll rise like the day I’ll rise up I’ll rise unafraid I’ll rise up And I’ll do it a thousand times again And … Continued

Love Is A Super Power: July 2nd, 2017

Badass #Wonder Woman #Gal Gadot #Robin Wright #Love Is A SuperPower #Self Care = Going To See This Movie #See This Movie Twice #See This Movie With Some BadAss Women #Saving The World #Do Your Part To Save The World #Feel Fear And Do It Anyway #KickingAss #Learn How To Fight Well And Love Hard #Waiting For The Sequel — As always, — your Nicole LOVE Hard. Seek NOURISHMENT. Say, YES.

Resist Fear, Assist Love: May 20th, 2017

This postcard caught my eye, and led me to this poem… by Maya Angelou You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise. Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes? Shoulders falling down like teardrops. … Continued

Acceptance: April 28th, 2017

Alex Hippert and Mahershala Ali from the must-see movie Moonlight. Acceptance Love Include Embrace Touch Trust Generosity Connect Feel Smile Cry Swim Commit Teach Open your eyes Be uncomfortable Strength Vulnerability Acceptance I liberated this from a recent issue of a certain magazine that I did not purchase. Don’t hate. — As always, — your Nicole LOVE Hard. Seek PLEASURE. Say, YES.

Love Bomb: June 1st, 2016

Be present and love your fucking self. Polish your fucking zen. Cleanse your fucking chakras. Spitshine your fucking soul and leave your fucking fears at home. Combine sass with some spirit and enlighten the fuck up. Get fucking bendy, downward fucking dog yourself, and let your fucking aura glow. Believe in fucking karma and change some fucking mantras Get your fucking om on and radiate fucking peace. Today is a good day to manifest some fucking abundance. Fucking namaste. –Long Distance Love Bombs — Amen. — Nicole LOVE Hard. Seek PLEASURE. Say, YES.

Kindness: April 18th, 2016

Found this gem on my friend’s fridge. #Kindness #Dogs #Humor #Laughter #Self Care = laughter #Kill’em with kindness #Kindness is contagious #Dogs make great therapists #Slow down and meditate #Hug a dog today #Meditate with back support #Rainbow sprinkles #Kindness will change the world — As always, — your Nicole LOVE Hard. Seek NOURISHMENT. Say, YES.

Living in the Magic: April 3rd, 2016

There is some principle of magic in everything some living quality something living, something real is taking place in everything. –Chogyam Trungpa Magic is everywhere. Just open your eyes, and see. Warmly, Nicole Passion. Peace. Purpose.

Happy New Year: January 2016

So You want to be tough You want to be rebellious You want to be a badass Then show your heart to everyone … EVERYONE Here’s to a calm, enlivened and love-filled 2016. Warmly, Nicole Passion. Peace. Purpose.

Learning to Listen to Your Own Voice

Start close in… to yourself Leave it to the exquisite David Whyte to capture in poetry what one of the central goals of my work as a somatic psychotherapist is. He says you have got to listen and follow your own voice first in order to not get entangled with someone else’s… well, everything. People come to me to explore and rewire their felt sense of themselves and the way they think. Often their rough ideas about who they are and the corresponding “body state” is completely gunked up by external factors (people, technology, traffic). Start to clear the pathway … Continued

Today’s Delicious Poem About Love

What it means to be human: “Flawed and Fabulous” This poem by author Courtney Walsh made my day sparkle. May it brighten yours. Dear Human: You’ve got it all wrong. You didn’t come here to master unconditional love. That is where you came from and where you’ll return. You came here to learn personal love. Universal love. Messy love. Sweaty love. Crazy love. Broken love. Whole love. Infused with divinity. Lived through the grace of stumbling. Demonstrated through the beauty of…messing up. Often. You didn’t come here to be perfect. You already are. You came here to be gorgeously human. … Continued