Late.

It’s Never Too late.

It’s never too late to start.

It’s never too late to stop.

It’s never too late to wonder, or wander, or to say “yes” to the love
that is longing to possess you.

Close your eyes, you’ll feel it.  

Take just one breath,  you’ll find it.

There is a love that  longs for you to be with you,

to sit with you,

move with you

walk with you

breathe with you

be with you.  

This longing - this search - this discovery - IS you. 
 

There is a space and place deep within
that can only be found by you

I just wanted you to know.  Because it's easy to numb out, dumb down, and settle.  I'm not in favor of doing those things -- largely because I've done all three and at the end of the day, it's like I've driven myself to the dead end of a really narrow road (where turning around is difficult and no fun at all).

I just want you to know you don't have to do it that way.  You can stop.  Right now.  

And you can start the stuff that lasts. Just like that.  Just like THIS.

"How?", you ask.  

The "how" isn't actually up to you.  Your job is to take a step.

Step outside. Step beyond.  Step in. I have created ways you can do this -- and although I am partial, I'm not attached.  I mean, I know these ways work because they are how I got here.  But, if I pass you in the yoga studio or in the grocery store, I'll ONLY be happy to see you smiling and glowing and knowing these truths... however you got them is irrelevant in the end.  (If you're happy, I'm happy you're happy!)

Here's what I know works....

Read Pilgrim

Journey to a far away place

Practice

Not interested in those things?  Try something else.  Try anything that touches you and gives you goosebumps.  

You see, Dear One -- more than anything I want you to pause and breathe and steer your monstrosity of a ship (called life) one tiny degree in the direction of your dreams... and in a month, two months, two years or two decades -- you will open your eyes and see how little steps TODAY completely shift what you see and how you feel about the view and the journey. 

You ARE what you want.

You WANT what you are.

(you just might not know it yet)

 

Let me show you more of what has worked for me

 

 

Broken.

... Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving.
It doesn't matter.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.  
Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. 
Come.  Yet again... come.... Come.


Not long ago, a dear friend found herself down our gravel road... It's unusual to find yourself in  "the neighborhood" soshe and her niece stopped by to visit the goats.  We sat on the porch as the sun went behind the trees, and this poem came up.    

I'll own it.  I've broken my vows a thousand times.  And then I lost count.  
I've gotten lost in the weeds, thought the path on which I was traveling was "THE One".... only to wake up one fine day, heart-broken and uncertain of everything but my own skin.    

Despite what we hear from the outside, your "living" is not intended to be straight and narrow.  It's not supposed to be about  "reaching goals".  It's not about "getting it right" or "becoming anything."  

Becoming, my dear friends... is a disease.

If you are always on the road to becoming something.  You are never "there".  

This is hooey.  You are already there.

Here's what I have learned ~ and the words don't do it justice.... because what I am about to say is translated into English from the language of the heart... and much is lost in translation, but just the same... 

Beneath masks, and hats and history,
You are already whole.
Enough as is.   


What I want for you is for YOU to wake up every single morning knowing THIS.  What I long for you to realize is that the path need not be hard nor arduous.  It is simple.  Clear. I know this and those who have walked with me before know this.  It is about small steps, in community, in consciousness, in Love.  

This living is not about perfection.  
It is about mindfully inhabiting your days.  
That is all.


Let me tell you about a sweet woman I have learned about and loved....  Her name is Kiki.  She works for a huge, well-respected company in the pacific northwest and is on the VP track.  She is gorgeous, inside and out (as are you, my dear) .  She's a mom, and a wife, and a longing lover (just.like.you).

She told me this last winter... 
"I remember when I first met you... tears welled in my eyes, as I felt the pressures to DO it all....
and then I felt your permission to be a human BEING, not a human doing...to just be,
that I was enough as is.  THAT BLEW MY MIND.  Changed me.  EVERYTHING has changed.
My family, coworkers, everyone has noticed a change in me. But most importantly, I have noticed a change in ME. Awareness of my heart softening. Awareness of the beauty on my drive & walk into work.  Awareness of what's going on in between my ears.  And awareness of when something is not quite right and I need to slow down. Take care of myself.  It's not a should anymore, it's a priority.  A must...." 


I tell you this -- I share her experience -- because YOU can have this too.  You are just like her like me -- we are the same.  This life is a wild, wooly, sometimes wicked ride... and there is a way to do it kicking and screaming, beaten and bleeding... or there is a way to do it in Love.

Someone asked me not long ago, "Why are you here?"  -- It was a question about my purpose. (We all have one.)  I am pretty clear on this these days.

I am here to teach.

I am here to help people.

I am here to help people BE HAPPY.

(the sticky little sweet part is that HAPPY is not an "experience" that comes and goes... I'm talking about the kind of happiness that softly, quietly rises up and bubbles forth when you are still... I'm talking about the kind of happy that oozes out of your being when the world is whizzing by and you slow down just long enough to feel the space and the very..... bottom.... of your exhale....) 

Love you.  Have the most wonderful day.  BE Happy (it's who you are intended to be).

Email me if you have any questions.  

Love,

B

Full.

Admit something....

Everyone you see, you say to them, "Love me."

Of course you do not do this out loud, otherwise someone would call the cops.

Still, though, think about this, this great pull in us to connect.

Why not become the one who lives with a full moon in each eye

that is always saying,

with that sweet moon language,

what every other eye in this world is dying to hear? 

                                                      ~ Rumi

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It is Saturday... and in a short few hours it will be the full moon.....  The full moon is a reminder that, just like the moon, we are each a reflection of something brilliant and sooo much bigger than we can fathom.  From this brilliance, we are but a seed, a gestation, a birthing, and a growing, despite the outward impression of stillness and stagnancy. This time is so very, very important to us – and taking the moon (and the impending dark of winter) to heart is vital to unlocking the gateways within the yoga practitioner's body and mind.   

The moon connects us deeply to our intuitive nature – the natural aspects within that are all knowing and wise, that drive our cellular intelligence and remind us that balance is our true nature.  When we take pause, we unleash this intelligence, and reflect back to ourselves as elegant and holy.

The full moon this month is even extra extravagant:  It is a super moon, which means it is extra close to the earth tonight, and tomorrow the viewing is the best due to its position in the sky.  

So what does the full moon mean to you?  It is a perfect time to turn off your cell phones, computers, televisions, and all other technology at sun down (like as soon as you finish reading this).  Take a bath, make a creamy delicious dinner with a rich and sweet (organic and pure) dessert.  Eat a smallish dinner and a larger dessert (yep… you heard me right). 

And if you really want to crazy it up and bask in the moonlight, eat your dessert BEFORE dinner, over candlelight with your loved ones (four-leggers count), and take time beneath the moon – even it is cloudy - to breathe in the magnificence.  The silvery, soothing, nourishing moonbeams shall find their way through the laced spaces in the clouds and bring you what is longing to come forth to nourish your life.

Every kind of butter will act a little bit differently.  Being attentive, patient, and observant of the transformation of color and scent will ensure perfect ghee every time! 

Every kind of butter will act a little bit differently.  Being attentive, patient, and observant of the transformation of color and scent will ensure perfect ghee every time! 

And if the evening ritual is not an option for you, the full moon (and even the next day if you've already got plans) is a perfect time to make ghee… Here’s how you do it!

What you will need:  Heavy bottomed stainless steel potstrainer, flour sack kitchen towel (or a piece of cheesecloth), a clear glass, sterillzed container with tight-fitting lid, and1 pound organic unsalted butter

Place your butter in the pot. Bring the butter to a boil, then reduce the heat to a slow, steady simmer. The butter will begin to produce foam. Don’t remove this foam; it will begin to be absorbed into the butter and you will hear the crackling sound of moisture and liquid being evaporated. (Maya Tiwari tells us it sounds like rain falling.)

Let the butter simmer for 45 minutes to one hour. Keep an eye on it and keep the flame on your stove as low as possible. Be sure to have music on that stirs your highest health, and limit conversation.  Let this process be a meditation and infuse your ghee with Love Love LOVE. 

The ghee is done when you see browned butterfat caramelized on the bottom of the pan and the top portion of the ghee is clear and golden.

Cool down significantly (so you do not break the glass container into which you transfer it).  Pour it very slowly, so the caramelized and browned butterfat remain on the bottom of the pan.  (Yogi Tip:  If you have a tendency to feel "weakened" by the winter weather, pour your ghee over a jar full of pitted dates and eat one each morning to increase ojas--internal life juice). 

Store on your kitchen counter, out of direct sunlight.  Always use a clean dry spoon for each “dipping”.  Use in place of butter, drop a dollop in your coffee or tea in the morning, or add to turmeric and hot water as an evening "hot toddy".  Om Chandrayah Namah!

Namaste, 

Britt 

"What Matters Most" A two-part podcast with my soul sister

Hello Beloveds....

I am SO grateful as I write this... My sweet friend, mentor, and goddess of writing the forward on my book, Pilgrim:  Living Your Yoga Every Single Day, Dr. Deborah Kern has been staying with me for the last three weeks and our lives here at the YogaFarm have been enriched as a result.  

We've laughed, danced, cried, walked, rolled around on the floor, taught each other stuff, shared our favorite music, and so much more.  

As part of our time together, we realized one day, while washing dishes, that our conversations were worth a share to our collective listeners, readers, and students.  

 

We promptly headed up to my office and nestled into my fancy "recording studio".  We planned nothing except a single topic of discussion:  What Matters Most.  We made two recordings:  each 20 minutes in length.  

Enjoy!  We love you! 

Turn Up the JUICE -- and watch MAGIC happen!

Let me tell you where it ALL begins.

It all begins within:  Within YOU. 

"You were given a body for a very good reason.  It is more than just a skin bag.  It’s your vehicle, your very fancy ride.  The better you take care of it, the more good clean joy you can pack in it for the journey, and the more amazing gifts you can share while you are out there enjoying the views.  Moving your body is foundational to caring for the “anamaya kosha” or what we like to call in yoga, the 'modified food body’.... 

(excerpt from Pilgrim:  Touchstone #1:  Move My Body)

Here's the thing - I use movement to inspire me, to open any clogged channels in the body so prana (that’d be life force) can effortlessly pulse through every thought, feeling and action that moves through me. 

Most importantly, you can use movement to stimulate juiciness in your whole life!  No more thinking about burning calories, reaching some amorphous target heart rate or counting down the time on the treadmill.  No more counting.  It is vitality that counts.  And... it is balance, joy, ease, health, and sustainable practices that you seek....  You can call this wellness if you want.  I know it in my bones as Yoga  -- Yoga isn’t only something that you do -- especially when limited to a rubber rectangle….  Yoga is ultimately something that you ARE -- beneath all the hubbub of busy, and the "too much of a good thing” andthe “not enough” of another.

 

 

Yoga is what you experience when you are aligned with what you want most — when your thoughts, words, actions are daily activities are all moving in the direction of your dreams.

And it is yours for the asking.  
And it is yours for the taking.

All you gotta do is know you want it... and take the first step.  

Beautiful Thursday to you...
Om.B

Britt is a thought leader, love preacher, and spiritual activist.  She is the author of Pilgrim:  Live Your Yoga Every Single Day and is a guiding light in the yoga & ayurveda worlds, dedicated to bringing their powerful & simple teachings to the forefront of life today.  She is a guide to discovering the hidden depths of yoga and to bring these potent teachings to day to day life.  Britt lives with her husband at Deva Daaru YogaFarm, an hour outside Portland, Oregon where she lives her yoga, shares her teachings through online programs, facilitates yoga teacher trainings, and hosts Live Your Yoga events & Daycations.   Follow Britt on Facebook,  Twitter, & Instagram

Faking.

You can fake an orgasm, but you cannot fake goosebumps.

It's true.  

I've danced around putting it down in writing for years.  
But it's true.  
I'm not saying it's a good thing.  
I'm just saying its true.

And it reveals a LOT.

I look for the goosebumps.  I have for years and years. When I get goosebumps I know I am being touched by something bigger and smarter than the obvious.  I know there is a resonant fullness at my doorstep and I have learned to always, always, always answer the call.

This morning while teaching a yoga class to a group of creative entrepreneurs from all over the world (who had little to no yoga experience prior to coming to the YogaFarm), I felt goosebumps spread like fire across my skin, and tears stream down my face as I realized (in my bones) what had been unfolding for the last nine days.

Watching them move through our 9th consecutive day of morning practice....  I witnessed them follow their own breath (instead of mine).  I watched them move according to the direction of their own bodies (not mine). and I gently observed as they took pause to marinade in their own fullness, with eyes closed (instead of looking out at me as if I represent that "thing" that they want to be but are not).  

I watched as they felt for the internal impulse of "yes" to rise... and I watched them follow it....

Again and again.... I watched them follow it.... deep into the reason they came here.  To BE Yoga. 

And it gave me goosebumps.  

Of course it did.

I watched them become their own teachers, their own guides, their own guru.... after just nine days.  This is what yoga can and does do.

You see:  I SEE YOU

I see you longing to live a life of vibrancy, creativity, clarity, and potency.  I see you wanting to be part of what is going to make this world a better place -- as creative, as mother, as daughter, as business owner, as executive, as assistant, as gardener, and grandparent.

The fact that you are seeking these sorts of experiences and impact in your own life motivates me to shine as brightly as I can... and to do the VERY best I can for you, so YOU can experience the greatest that was designed for you in this life.  

I don't want to blow sunshine..... okay, well I do.... but not the way it's usually done.  I just want to stand on a park bench and say, "I LOVE YOU!!! YOU ARE LOVE!" 

And I just want to show you how I learned this to be true....

Love to you. Today.  Always. All Ways.

Om.
B

 

 

OMward Bound: It's Time To Rise

Hello Beautiful.

Can you feel it?

It is happening.

It's okay.

The leaves are beginning to fall from the trees. 

That means there is a natural letting go beginning to unfold... it's becoming time to release what no longer serves you.... to open the portals and exhale what once worked but no longer does...

Without effort.  
Without struggle.  
Just exhale.  
Let go.  
Say yes.

 

Everything you have ever LONGED for.  
Everything you have ever wanted your life to be
is within your reach.

 Start somewhere, Beloved.  

Come if you are called. 

Walk with me on the beach or in the ethers.  

And if it's not with me, that's okay too.  

I just want you to see how brilliant you are.

 

that's all.  that's enough.

Do You Know How Beautiful You Are? (I Think Not, My Dear)

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder....

and YOU are the ONE who beholds YOU.

We spend so much time making ourselves "better", striving, and  "becoming".... Smarter. Prettier.  Stronger. Skinnier.

 I think we've gotten it pretty much all wrong.  

It's not about all that becoming, it's about being... and watching as the layers of effort and struggle and "not enough" begin to fall away.  

It all makes sense...   You've been on the diet, done the cleanse, cut out sugar, dairy, wheat or alcohol (for a while), lost a few pounds and you felt ABSOLUTELY incredible! 

But then something went awry.  And from high on life you fell, without being entirely sure WHY you lost your gumption for the good stuff.  This happens.  A Lot.  To a LOT of people.

Truth is, habits can be like thin coats of paint on an old house -- if they are haphazardly smeared on top of "life as it is".   Without understanding or consideration for how these habits can be integrated with intention and lasting impact, they sluff off with the slightest change in season.


Here's a holy, hot secret...

FILL your LIFE with the HIGHER THINGS
- things you can do EVERY SINGLE DAY -
That which doesn't SERVE you FALLS AWAY
and the things that don't do your body good
JUST FALL AWAY


Healthy habits are those tiny little things you do every single day without fail... every. single. day.  Not with rigidity.  Not with force.  But with constant, fluid pressure like the consistent flow of water forms the soft lines of a river rock. 

Wanna learn more, do you?
TAKE ME TO THE DETAILS

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(and rally your loved ones to join you)

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If you walk with us
YOU WILL BE CHANGED
 

 

PILGRIM is all about taking steps that are just right for you -- walking toward and fully into your life as you have so desired for so long and letting go of all those things that are not working, not happening and never gonna happen.
:: D O N E ::


Here is how it works.

* Weekly phone calls -- a topic, a conversation, a strategy: where you can either listen in and/or participate or download/stream and listen later
* Downloadable copy of:  Pilgrim:  Live Your Yoga Every Single Day, to guide your journey
* Fully supported as you get clear on what you want, and you fill your life with the higher things, one tiny little bit at a time (and the not so beneficial bunk just falls away) 
*  Plethora of created-just-for-this-program  videos, audios, and an online community forum to explore, share your victories, put your bones out there if you want, and call yourself to rise up and get on with what you came here for
*  An active, supportive online community to tap into and walk toward the brilliance of your own being
 

It's potent.  It's delicious.  It's RICH.  
- AND IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE - 

♥ WALK WITH US

Purify the Vessel: You are THAT Which Light Flows Through

Walk with Me.

PILGRIM is all about taking steps that are just right for you -- walking toward and fully into your life as you have so desired for so long and letting go of all those things that are not working, not happening and never gonna happen.

:: D O N E ::

Here is how it works.

* Weekly phone calls -- a topic, a conversation, a strategy: where you can either listen in and/or participate or download/stream and listen later
* Downloadable copy of:  Pilgrim:  Live Your Yoga Every Single Day, to guide your journey + corresponding workbook
* Fully supported as you get clear on what you want, and you fill your life with the higher things, one tiny little bit at a time (and the not so beneficial bunk just falls away)  
*  Plethora of created-just-for-this-program  videos, audios, and an online community forum to explore, share your victories, put your bones out there if you want, and call yourself to rise up and get on with what you came here for.
 

It's big.  It's delicious.  It's RICH.  

- and it's $279 for 108 Days - + once a Pilgrim -- always a Pilgrim!  (you can do it again next year,  for free!)

- AND IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE - 
 

♥ YOU CAN DO THIS

It took me 40 Years to Learn What Works: THIS Works (& it is not work).

It took me nearly 40 years to start to truly take care of myself... I danced around it and gave "self-care" some glorious lip service.  I'd take an hour here, or get a massage there.  But really I just skimmed the surface.  

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It wasn't until I took an airplane ride to a place by myself for myself and slept in a king size bed with the ocean waves lapping outside my window -- all on my own.... for ME and me alone.... 

That is when I realized how limited my living had become.

So, I got serious.   I faced the reality that depletion served no one.  It wasn't a badge of honor.  It wasn't serving those I serve.  It was a loser.  Total and utter loser.  My husband lost.  My students lost.  My family lost.  I lost. 

 

When that kind of "ah-ha" moment shows up... there's no arguing.

You might know where I'm coming from.  Maybe you've been taught that taking time out and spending money on yourself as an act of self-care is selfish... that it is a "no go" (or a "no no").  

But, I've got a question for you:  How's that working for you?  I mean REALLY.  

Think of it this way:  

How much do you spend each year in attempts to "fill your void"?  

A new pair of shoes here, a dinner out... a few new things for the living room... dessert... a pair of earrings... a bottle of wine... another bottle of wine....."  And what of the repercussions of THAT?  The expensive protein powder (because you've let yourself go and gotta clean up your act), the Advil... because you're all stressed out and have a headache... the co-pay at your doctor... the massage (yeah... it's good for you, but not so good if you are dealing with symptoms your lifestyle has created).... and the fish oils,  the probiotics....  Again, that stuff is GOOD for you... but these aren't intended to be bandaids, Sisters.  And it gets expensive -- not just in the financial sense. 

So, what if you did it differently this time? 

A little more consciously.  What if you took the chance and did things with a bit more intention?  What if you lovingly announced, "I'm heading off the grid into an immersion for a week.... I'm really wanting to up my game on how I show up in the world... and all I do and with whom I care most about..... so I am taking a week to do JUST THAT... I'm stepping out for a 'fraction of a lifetime' to reboot, and remember what matters most."  

Just watch.  Watch what happens.  

Better yet, Feel.  Feel what happens.

Spoiler alert:  Every single person you touch wins.

 

It starts right here.   You Ready?  I got something for you.