All We Need is Here

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Firstly, please know I have been thinking of you all. I started the school year working two days a week as the Mindfulness Coordinator in the school here, in Abu Dhabi where Richard is working, too. A new role I had advocated for, and most definitely a new role within education. As of November 1st, I also took on a full time teaching position in a grade four classroom. It’s been all-go since then!

I have been giving myself plenty of permission; going easy on myself as a hard-wired perfectionist and  worry-wart, having naps and going to bed alongside my toddler; knowing all will settle into a more coherent routine and rhythm given time and perseverance. And, it is.

I’ve been reflecting on what my practice has primarily consisted of over the last six weeks in an effort to share that with you in the hopes of it being of some benefit. In addition to the ebb and flow of patience, and permission, it has been the constant remembrance that: the uncertainty, doubt, lack of knowing, lack of confidence, tiredness, anxiety, and overwhelm, are EXACTLY WHAT I NEED to continue to practice being present, open, and wakeful. This alignment within my body, heart, and mind has allowed me to also feel contentment, connection, and purposefulness.

In that recognition, knowingness, or moment of mindfulness; there’s a softening. Within that softening lies conscious choice. In that, there is everything.

Oh, and when windows of opportunity for formal practice appear, it has been Yin to both settle my mind and connect to my body. The following sequence has been helpful, may you find it so, too.


Elissa xx


Yin Practice for Settlement and Nourishment:

Saddle (5-10 minutes) *sphinx or seal as alternates

Childs Pose (2 minutes)

Half Dragonfly left (5 minutes)

Half Dragonfly right (5 minutes)

Full Dragonfly (5 minutes)


Sit and feel. Let awareness flood your entire body. Smile.



  1. Nancy Hird  December 22, 2015

    Merry Christmas to you, Richard and Abby. What a wonderful one for you with Emily and David visiting. May 2016 bring you all the perfect square of life – health, wealth, love and perfect self-expression. Think of you all often and the wonderful adventure that you have undertaken.

    Love from Nancy

    • Elissa  December 27, 2015

      Thank you, Nancy! You have mentioned the perfect square of life to me before; and each time you do, I am filled with inspiration! Thank you got sharing it. Emily and David arrive today and we are off to the airport soon! We have some road trips planned, so stay tuned. Love to you and yours xxx

  2. Doug Brick  December 22, 2015


    Its always a joy to hear from you!
    Yes, mindfulness with a splash of Yin is exactly what I need when I feel run off my feet, as is often the case lately. Thanks for the reminder!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours

    • Elissa  December 27, 2015

      Merry Christmas to you, too, Doug! I was so happy to hear from you. Yes, “mindfulness with a splash of yin” always goes down a treat! Let me know how you find the practice ? Elissa xx

  3. Katia  December 22, 2015

    Congratulations on the new job, Elissa! As always, I admire your attitude of grace and the reminder to allow ourselves the space to be with what is, to get curious, and to open ourselves to so much possibility! Wishing a wonderful Christmas to you and your family! I know that 2016 will be a fantastic year for you. 🙂

    • Elissa  December 27, 2015

      Oooh Katia, same to you. Your writings remind me also to stay with what’s arising rather than wishing it otherwise. I wear my necklace often and love it so! ? Love to you, Elissa xx

  4. Margarete  December 22, 2015

    Merry Christmas and a glorious New Year. Thank you for the update and the practice. all the best Margarete

    • Elissa  December 27, 2015

      Hello Margarete! Thank you so much for taking the time to send a note and your good wishes. I hope the practice is helpful and that we will practice together again soon. Elissa xx

  5. Nancy O'Connor  December 24, 2015

    Elissa, you always inspire me, and you write so beautifully. Just wanted to let you know I am doing mostly Yin so I will try your sequence, thank you. I find my joints are most grateful, but that’s not all….the practice makes me feel great in other ways as well.

    • Elissa  December 27, 2015

      Nancy! So wonderful to hear from you. You are the inspirational one! I’m so glad you are still practicing regularly and reaping benefits on all levels. I know you are constantly sharing yourself with others. Love to you and the family xxx