It Broke Me Open

It Broke Me Open

Yoga teacher and writer, Kristin Tone, wrote about her experiences with Essential Light Institute for The Echo World, a news publication in Central Virginia.

Anxiety and trauma, two aspects of the human condition that cannot be outrun, outmaneuvered, outsmarted. I was a mother of two, worked full-time, had a master’s degree, a marriage, a house, two dogs and trauma in my past that I had boxed and stored, protecting it with a shiny exterior.  My secret life of frenetic fear began to seep out when my first child was born. I remember standing in my bathroom one morning, the kids needing lunches and shoes tied, feeling like the water level was rising, and it had suddenly hit my nose….

Some Words About a Word

Some Words About a Word

A couple of years ago I was giving a talk at a non-denominational church that prided itself on being open to all and condemning of none. I thought I fit right in. In my talk I used the term “the Christ on Earth.” I use this term often, and you will see it repeated a number of times in these transmissions, which is where I got it from in the first place. After the talk ended, I was approached by two women. They proceeded to inform me in no uncertain terms that my use of that phrase was highly insulting to them. How dare I bring such division and unsafety to the sacred place of unity that the church was holding. They were quite triggered, and no explanation I could offer for how I, a Jew by birth, had come to be not only comfortable with, but honored to use such a phrase, was satisfying to them. I understood their distress, but I wasn’t willing to change what has become to me a beloved phrase to ease it. But it did call me to make a study….