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Author Archive | Christina Bryza

It’s already okay

I had a whole elaborate blog post planned. I was prepared to tell you all about my latest bout with insecurity, and how I was hoping to overcome it quickly. (I was on a deadline.) So to start, I tracked down an image that contained the message “you are enough,” and I composed the title […]

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Shifting through the mud

“I give myself permission to walk through the mud.” That was the first of (approximately) one trillion insights offered to me during tonight’s Wholly Shift session, and it immediately resonated. I would rather not get dirty. I take pride in keeping clean. However, dirty is part of the deal when I choose to grow and […]

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Wholly Shift!

Of all the impressive people who impacted my life last weekend at Nathalie Lussier’s Off the Charts event, the person who rocked my world the most was Laura Hames Franklin. I’ve been learning about about personal growth and healing for years, and I’ve gotten excited about many methods and modalities. I feel fortunate to be […]

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Off the Charts Empowered

“All I have to do is show up.” That’s what I told myself in advance of Nathalie Lussier’s Off the Charts Live, a weekend conference I’d paid money to attend yet wanted to skip. I thought I had no business being there, mainly because, well, I don’t have a business. At least, that’s what it felt […]

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I am willing to feel great!

“This too shall pass” is one of my favorite phrases, because I’ve found it to be very, very true. In good times and bad (and everything between), remembering impermanence helps me appreciate, or at least tolerate, the present. But what if I could always feel okay? For that matter, what if I could always feel […]

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Bravely blossoming

The onset of NYC spring feels like the epitome of ambivalence. Day after day I wonder: heavy coat or light jacket, boots or flats, umbrella or not? But it’s more than just my outerwear that fluctuates. My attitude seems unsure as well, a familiar toggle between safe and brave that feels accentuated by the chill […]

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Carrying with care

“You can put that box down,” my high school boyfriend once told me. We’d been driving for a while, and had a while left to travel, and the whole time I’d been gripping a cardboard box full of…CDs? Books? The contents weren’t particularly important, but having their weight on my lap was comfortable. I am […]

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Patience in snowtime

I was unprepared for snow. The weather app on my phone predicted chilly sunshine all day, and since I wasn’t expecting to work late, I didn’t check the evening forecast. So the snow was a surprise. It didn’t seem bad as I exited the subway and went to get groceries, but by the time I […]

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I’m so scared

I try so hard to be brave. My comfort zone feels like a distant home, a place I love to visit but where I no longer live. And a lot of the time that feels fine. I am excited about where I’m headed. I’m SO excited. But I’m also scared. And not confessing the fear […]

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Enough IS enough

I don’t know why I feel so compelled to publish a blog post; there is no reason that I have to. None. Nor is there any pressure. Not externally, at least. Internally, I admit, there is a voice warning me how easy it is to do nothing with my blog–just look at my track record […]

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Self-care on the slopes

“Treating myself like a precious object will make me strong.” I learned that affirmation in Week 7 of The Artist’s Way, and I have made use of it often since. But last Sunday I felt strong already, and I didn’t want to listen to my bruising body. I wanted to treat myself like a sturdy object […]

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Rightly wrong

I like to be right. I’ll admit it: Not being wrong feels amazing. But being right is not important. In truth, it’s acting rightly that matters, choosing to be “in accordance with what is just, good, or proper.” It’s actions that make a difference. And sometimes I act wrong. Just now, for example, I should […]

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Better together

It’s important for me to feel okay alone, to trust that I am always loved and cared for, whether or not I’m connecting with another person at any given moment. But oh, man, it is nice to have company. Life is so much less lonely when I make the effort to build relationships. Reaching out […]

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Brighter than my blues

I am so grateful for good music, for true sounds from the soul and the chance acts of fortune that lead me to them. I don’t remember how I found out about Noisetrade, nor do I know why I listened to Kelley McRae‘s album two years ago on a January day. Maybe because it had […]

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More love, less fear

It’s the first day of 2013, and I have had an extraordinarily fulfilling twenty-four hours. I can without hesitation say this is the best January 1 I’ve ever personally experienced. The reason? Love. I don’t mean love in the romantic sense–I didn’t kiss anyone at midnight and that was fine by me. I mean love […]

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Changing focus, moving forward

I never meant for ThisIsWheretheHealingBegins.com to be a yoga website. When I purchased the domain in 2010, I envisioned creating a destination where people who were in pain (aka everyone) could easily explore accessible, affordable ways to feel better. Yoga was certainly on the list of resources I intended to offer, but so were EFT, […]

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Restful release

I took a yoga class today that should have been easy. Or if not easy, easily within my asana abilities. And yet, I had to sit out about half of it. It’s one thing to stay still because you don’t feel like moving, and another entirely to feel forced into immobility. I love my Saturday […]

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Solstice savasana

For years now I’ve enjoyed doing yoga in Times Square on the night of the summer solstice. It’s become a deeply personal ritual, performed in a very public place. This year the solstice was on Wednesday, June 20. I pre-registered for class back in April and the date took top priority; I shuffled several events […]

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Acceptably uncertain

The first-ever Yoga Service Conference starts tomorrow, and I’m not sure why I’m going. It’s not that I’ve lost interest in the cause–I’m as emphatic as ever that yoga can be both profoundly healing and accessible to everyone, and I remain deeply committed to the practice of seva (yoga-speak for “selfless service”). It’s just that […]

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Love > fear