Sit . Sip . n . Be .

BE fully present. BE loving.


The Breath of Kindness


Basil seeds to harvest

The following poem is a favorite of my mother. I love to hear her recite poetry. She is a radiant, vibrant soul. I’ve been sorting out harvested basil seeds this past week, and this poem came to mind as I blew the chaff away from the seeds.

But first, this morning’s moon (!); this morning the crescent moon in the inky black sky was surrounded by a bright halo. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it as I sat outside in the dark chill air. It was a beautiful sight and I was filled from within with expansive gratitude for this beautiful universe. My morning awareness during Sit.Sip.n.Be is a sacred time for me to be fully present. Oh, the things I used to overlook when I didn’t carve out an intention to appreciate NOW.

This awareness prepares me to notice timely moments in the coming day for loving kindness. I have many opportunities daily to integrate loving kindness for my whole self, ‘warts and all’. This loving kindness is especially welcome when autoimmune symptoms flare. That is when I have the occasion to arrive at loving conclusions for things about the illness I used to dislike. Now, rather than feeling distressed by challenges that I would sometimes begrudge, I see things to love about my state of be-ing, and I am more often fully at ease, rather than in a state of dis-ease. Continue reading


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SIT. SIP. n. BE. How is it going so far?



It’s prickly business pulling thistles; such beautiful ‘fleeds’ (flowers+weeds)

How is it going after nearly two months of adding Sit. Sip. n. Be to your routine?  Did it take several mornings for your mind to stop saying, ‘what are you DOING to me?!’ If you’re just starting this simple daily routine, (click here for How-To) . . .pay attention to how it feels to: Continue reading

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It’s Elemental: SIT.SIP.n.BE is all 5 elements

How cool is this? I realized that your SIT.SIP.n.BE practice incorporates all 5 classical elements from Earth up to Ether (BTW, wishing everyone a warm holiday season this week ❤ ):

EARTH: it’s what you sit on, or where you set your feet, when you SIT.SIP.n.BE fully present (porch, steps, grass, snow, dirt or sand). The earth can be perceived by all five senses—hearing, touch, sight, taste and smell.

WATER: it’s what you’re sippin’ (in that herbal tea or lemon water). Water has no odor, but can be perceived by the other four senses—it can be heard, felt, seen, and tasted.

FIRE: it’s what heated up the water on your stove. Fire can be Continue reading