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Do You Ever Feel Like This?

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As if there were a time thief lurking in the shadows under the blanket of night. An entity silently waiting for your head to hit the pillow. Listening patiently for the tell of your breath that you’ve succumbed. Slipped through and fallen down under. Then it silently reaches out its invisible hand and snatches your seconds away. When upon waking, faster than you can mutter Rip Van Winkle, whole minutes, days, weeks and months have simply vanished. Because friends, that’s exactly how I’ve been feeling. I woke up this morning to find that April, May, and June have disappeared and July …

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Are you feeling hopeful yet?

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I must be honest here. Transparent. Since the election I haven’t been feeling that well. I’ve been caught up in the chaos and finding it difficult to feel the love.<3 “My heart is Heavy” My heart is heavy. It aches. For the mess our country is in. For the state of other nations. For my son and “daughter in love” and the world they are needing to navigate. And when I pause to consider my future grandchildren I realize I’m holding my breath. Then there’s my 89-year old mother who fell earlier this month – broke her hip and is recovering …

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Hip Hip Hooray It’s a Brand-spanking New Year!

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‘Cause 2016 was a wee bit of a challenge. It began with a great big new year’s bang on January 2 when I landed in the hospital for an emergency endoscopy. And that my friends was only the beginning. This past year was fraught with personal health issues that forced me to step away from teaching. It also found me helping move my elderly parents into a senior living community. While facing the mild to severe health concerns of their generation. Not to mention lots of hiccups that occurred in between. Furthermore, this is the second time I’ve helped to …

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Is Your Yoga A Narcotic?

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Gosh, I sure hope not. But quite frankly, I’m seeing it. Hearing it. Feeling it. Yoga has fast become the new drug of choice. For many of us in the yoga community we choose not to get down and dirty. Play in the mud with “those” people who try to drag us into the mire. We so desire a more peaceful world, one that supports the equal rights of all, that we turn the other way when what we are seeing does not match up to our ideals. We go to our mats with a mission, and sit on our …

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Presence – The Way of The Road

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“Those who seek the Way let go of something everyday.” Laozi When my husband and I first started RV’ing, our now trendy description, Glamping (glamour camping) I hated it. He on the other hand was so enthusiastic about the idea of traveling around the West exploring and camping in a motor coach that I caved. Though to me, as I expressed to him during those first couple of years, the RV was nothing but an oversized out-house. Steve, my husband, grew up camping in his beloved state of Oregon. Me, a Chicago suburb girl, not so much. While we did …

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Caution: Perfectionism Can Be Hazardous To Your Health!

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  And may cause sadness, disappointment, frustration. Hi There, I know this to be true because I suffer from bouts of perfectionism. Crazy as it many seem I used to think it was one of my better qualities. Gad Zooks! How ridiculous. The thing is, when I’m not looking, perfectionism creeps back in like a thief. Stealing my joy. My creativity. My zest for life. Instead of living in inspiration I’m living in “nothing is ever good enough…I’m not perfect enough.” Perfectionism is a debilitating disease. Like the weekend of the Super Moon. My husband and I planned a glamping get-away with some friends. Once a year …

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The Number One Way to Decide – “Is This Really For Me?”

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Because tons of choices can be bad for your health. It’s 108 degrees out and I’m sitting at a table in an air-conditioned Starbucks waiting for my assistant. And, for my body temperature to cool down so that I can make a somewhat coherent decision. I’m not a Starbucks junkie or frequent flyer. But it’s a great location for us to meet and get some work done. Staring at the menu items my head spins with the drink options. New -Cold Brew Coffee. Iced Caramel Macchiato. Espresso Con Panna. Evolution Fresh Cold-Pressed Juice. Handcrafted Fizzio Soda… What the heck? And …

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How to Be Happy in a Crazy World.

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I have an important question for you. What is the source of your happiness? Stay with me for a minute. Don’t answer on auto-pilot. Take a breath and pause. Do you feel that your happiness is dependent on your outer circumstances? Do you say to yourself, “I’ll be happy when I nail that dream job?” Or, “When I find that perfect someone my life will be complete?” Did you know that August is national Happiness Month? I imagine that if your life isn’t feeling, well…exactly happy as planned, just the idea of Happiness Month might feel depressing. Don’t panic. I …

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The Gnarly Rocky Road of Life

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The red dirt path takes a quick right turn. It’s filled with with rocks of various shapes and sizes that forces me to look down in order not to tumble. Making a little game of it I jump over and around the river rock. About a mile into the forest storm clouds form above the swaying tops of the Ponderosa pines. Thunder rumbles in the distance. Gathering force it shocks the stillness as lightening slashes across the sky, warning me that soon the monsoon rains will soak the parched earth. My emotions reflect the turbulent weather. I plunge ahead. The …

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What Is Your Legacy?

In Ethics, Intention, Leagacy, Self-Reflection, Uncategorized, Yoga by admin4 Comments

I’m sitting in the dining room at the home of my 87 and 88 year old parents. The table is laden with an Italian frittata, Arugula salad, crusty bread warm from the oven, an assortment of olives, fresh fruit, and of course Biscotti. My mother sits at one end of the table, My father at the other. I’m squeezed in next to my mother so I’m able to jump up into the kitchen when needed. The air sizzles with love. My folks were hairstylists. For over 30 years they owned a salon on the north side of Chicago. Five of their …