“I realize every day that my true purpose is to evolve.”  Deepak Chopra In my last post, I mentioned that I had just started the free 21 day meditation experience led by Oprah and Chopra; that I was going to try truly meditating for the first time and see how it went.  My favorite part […]


“When we numb the dark, we numb the light….there’s no such thing as selective emotional numbing….when we lose our tolerance for discomfort, we lose joy.”  Brene Brown, from The Gifts Of Imperfection. If you read my last post Next Chapter, then you know that I said that I was going to change direction…that I was […]


“Why are you here today?  Why do you keep coming back?”  Jake. A couple of weekends ago, I went on a 3 day yoga/meditation retreat with my favorite instructor Jake.  It took some work/family coordination to get away, but I’ve been wanting to go on one of Jake’s retreats for over a year, and so […]

Full Circle

“Not completing something doesn’t negate the work before it…..Energy was not wasted but created.”  A quote by me, Paria Hassouri, that first appeared in the post Fear or Flight, but was repeated by Jake as the opening mantra for his class on September 9th, 2015. Jake came back from Peru in the last week of […]

Crossing Bridges

“Often the thing feared, once crossed, turns out to be an unexpected bridge from which we can see who we were and who we are becoming.”  From the Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo, but first heard by me through Jake. Jake, my yoga instructor/secret therapist, has been gone for a while.  He is in […]

Not the J-Word

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”  Theodore Roosevelt A couple of months ago, I picked up my kids from school and my 8-year-old daughter excitedly said, “Mom, in school we ran the mile today.”  I smiled.  Actually, I did a little internal happy dance.  My kids now relay anything running related to me because they […]

Fear or Flight

“Do one thing that scares you everyday.”  Eleanor Roosevelt. I rush into class hoping there are still spots left in the back where I can hide, spread out my mat, and lay down.  I’m enjoying a few sacred moments of pre-class savasana, when Jake, my previously mentioned yoga instructor/secret therapist walks into class and says, […]

Come Undone…Tears and Sweat Streaming Down Your Face Are Indistinguishable Anyway

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” ― Cynthia Occelli I have a therapist.  His name is Jake.  He doesn’t know he is my therapist.  Jake is a […]