LauraLynn Jansen


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    So[u]lful Living*

      An expression of so[u]lful living is as individual as a birthmark. What gives each of us a deep feeling of “health” is a special formula of equilibrium between our many levels of self (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social & interpersonal relations). Of course, it is unlikely there will be a steadiness of these aspects […]

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    The Student

    Life offers the chance to be a student every day. Yesterday the role as student was extremely evident for me as I pointed a stand up paddleboard toward the wavy waters of the Hawaiian Pacific Ocean.   In the follow (student) position, each paddle brings me closer to the rising walls of water. My teacher […]

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    Mr. B.K.S. Iyengar

    I awoke the morning after his death with my vision for my first hours of the day. Most immediate to go for a goal paddle of 7 miles. Fortunately, I choose to pick up my phone and scroll my FaceBook news feed as I munched on my pre-paddle snack. A post of Mr. B.K.S. Iyengar’s […]

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    Bees, Butterflies and our Bodies

    The analogy of a canary in a coalmine still resonates with me regarding my experience with cancer.  Over the last thirty years, a progression of the damages of lifestyle choices by individuals coupled with the allowance of big money makers having their way with our environment and our food supply continue to make us all […]

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    Minding the Gap

    Last weekend I sat with someone on the edge of this existence. Her breath a widening gap between her place on this plane of physical/material objects and the other side of this reality. Each hour I noted her breath attempting to discern if the gap had grown behind the inhale and exhale. This week I […]

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    Give LOVE

    GIVE LOVE … have you in the last 24 hours? …from the very deepest parts of your heart? As someone who works with youth around aspects of self worth and self-love I am always saddened deeply when I hear of a young person who lashes out. I can’t help but believe in my thinking heart […]

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    Being Courageous

    From folks who have known me over the past seven years or so I often hear an assumption of strength and courage associated with who I am. Often I feel conflicted by the magnitude in which others see me in this category. Especially when I think of folks like Erica Davis, the first paralyzed woman […]

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    Resolve 2 Evolve (part II)

    (part II) In my own journal I answered several questions prompted by the Yoga International article entitled Inspired Intention. What is something I really want in my life? Note if there are one or several things you desire. What is there at the root of each one? Do they connect in some way to a […]

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    An excerpt from my coming book – 24 years ago yesterday

    Then came the day that changed everything. I passed out in the loading dock office of the record store and was sent home to rest up. I signed out a VHS copy of Alice in Wonderland to watch that night. Someone shouted a heart-felt “Feel better!” as I walked out the store’s front door to […]

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  • Quinoa & Vegetable Salad

    A warm salad recipe for the cooling temperatures outside. ENJOY! Makes 4 to 6 servings 7 T cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, divided 1 C quinoa 2 C water or vegetable stock 1 C finely diced white or red onion 1 medium carrot, diced 1 C mushrooms, chopped (try mixture such as shiitake & portobello) […]

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