Intricate Beauty of People and Nature

Elizabeth draws me in with her depth of understanding about human nature and her deep concern about the state of society,  Originally from Ingleside, Texas, she is unmistakable with her silver hair, strong opinions, and irreverent wit. She offers support and deep empathy to many friends and loved ones and she is not afraid to speak up and help others do the same. Her tender heart and ability to access the meditative space are some of her hidden superpowers. Check out the blog post I wrote featuring my favorite quote from her: http://www.kellyinselmann.com/monday-morning-videos/prioritize-self-care/on-falling-apart/.  She references it at the end of her interview below.

Share a little bit about yourself.
I am a seeker, a partner in love, a mom to three wonderful daughters, a grandmother to adventuresome grandchildren and a great grandmother of super young souls. And a retiree from a heavy participation in the human rat race.

How has it benefited you to be part of the Joyboots community?
Connectivity and mindfulness. I have truly learned to calm my mind and the value of movement, meditation, and the search for authentic self.

What is your meditation practice like?
My goal is daily but the reality is four to five times a week, unless I count breath of fire at the traffic lights or the “sat nams” in line at the grocery store.

How has yoga and meditation benefited you?
There are numerous benefits. My anxiety is certainly brought down with mindfulness and my lymphedema symptoms are diminished by the movement.

What practices have benefited you the most?
Meditation in combination with yoga.

What are you still struggling to cope with?
Anxiety. No way to determine the ratio related to PTSD and the wonderful little pill to block the estrogen, but the struggle is real.

What brings you moments of joy?
The energy that comes from the power of group practice and the sharing of time and space and experiences. Noticing the intricate beauty of people and nature, rather like the space between words or musical notes or my steps – those things I once did not know were there. And, of course, the great healing sound of laughter. And not forgetting the healing of tears and their ability to cleanse the soul. And good people, good food, and music.

What is something you’d like to share with the community to help them along their healing journey?
I say this often, mostly to myself. How can we pull ourselves together when we have not allowed ourselves to fall apart?

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