Happy New Year
I am just back from 3 weeks in Mexico feeling refreshed and ready to embark on the New Year. I admit to being a sun-aholic. I love hanging out on the beach, playing in the water and living practically full-time out of doors and being warm the entire time.
I believe it is incredibly important to determine what nourishes you spiritually and physically and to make a commitment to setting aside time to recharge yourself. Vacationing is certainly one way to do that, but we don’t always have the time or the resources to wander off to the retreat of our choosing. But we can set aside time each week, and even each day to nourish our bodies and spirit.
Take some time to figure out what makes you feel good. When do you find yourself smiling, both inside and out? When do you experience a sense of contentment and well-being? What gives you joy? Make a list, put it some place you can return to easily. And then you have your own handy pick-me-up protocol. Here are some of the things I do regularly that keep me happy, grounded and smiling.
- Daily yoga & meditation
- Walks in the woods and along the beach
- Listening to music and having my own private dance party
- Sipping tea, wrapped in a warm blanket and reading a book
- Hanging out with my friends – perhaps with a glass of wine in hand
- Spending time with my husband and kids
- Cooking and gardening
- Teaching and studying yoga
Okay, so there you have it, you know my list of nourishments. I wonder what you will put on your list.
Good News – I am starting a new Tuesday Evening Slow Flow yoga class in West Seattle at Limber Yoga on February 5th at 4:30pm.
Come Check it out. I am super excited to finally be teaching in West Seattle, and Limber Yoga has a great open light filled space, fully equipped with all my favorite props.
Happy New Year, may it be a year of joy and blessing and good health for you and all those you hold dear.
Shalom & Namaste
Hope you have been having an awesome, amazing and abundant summer. How did you do on that Pacific Northwest checklist of fun? Let’s see, just this week, I logged:
- Blueberry picking
- Visited the San Juan Islands
- Watched the Orcas swim by
- Jumped and played in three separate lakes
- Danced to Pink Martinis at Zoo Tunes
- Meditated – lots and in some really cool places
- Finished a couple of books
Whatever you decide to do these next few weeks make sure it nourishes your soul. So often we forget about that in the hustle and bustle of living, and then I wonder if we really are living. Find Joy & Embrace it.
Next month (September) I will be hosting two workshops at Village Green Yoga. More info to follow shortly, but mark your calendars now.
- Loving Your Sun – learning the fun-damentals of the Sun Salutation Sequence
Sunday, September 23, 1:00 – 3:30
- Taking the Time to Meditate – opening to the heart of a meditation practice.
Sunday, September 30, 1:00 – 2:30
And here it is, the reason for the title of this posting. This is an excerpt from a letter from my rabbi on this week’s Torah portion. The whole of his writing is powerful, but this short bit says it all. Enjoy!
When we make spirituality an essential part of our existence, however, what we are able to see is radically different. Because our spiritual path serves to reconnect us to Source, it expands our awareness beyond the tunnel vision of the ego. In removing our blinders and opening our eyes it also opens our heart. As we become spiritually aware, we are able to see the essential goodness of the world, the miracle of life, the unfathomable gift of our own birth, and the preciousness of relationship. We are able to hold the pain and suffering, the struggling and the fear with acceptance, understanding and compassion. The existence of love brings up feelings of gratitude, the wonder of aliveness, feelings of pure joy. In such awareness the other is no longer seen as a means to satisfy one’s needs; one is able to leave the past in the past, welcome the future with an open heart, and be fully present to one’s experience in every moment, just as it is. When awareness transcends the ego, one can’t help but see abundance and love.
Shalom & Namaste
I love summer time!
School is out for almost everyone. The kids are off to summer jobs or enjoying the luxury of sleeping in. Mornings are slow and calm. This parent has a lot less driving to do and a lot less nagging. No more homework, no more projects, no more school related meetings. The sun has even popped out once or twice this month, and I went to my second outdoor summer concert this week.
Summer is the time to slow down, refuel and reconnect. Almost everyone will take some form of vacation, whether it is a weekend of camping, a trip to the beach or maybe even something longer and more adventurous.
Many of us will have a bit more time to be with friends and families enjoying picnics, sightseeing, concerts, camp-outs, barbeques, and bonfires,(with marshmallows and dark chocolate of course).
Taking time off from our regular routine not only allows us respite but it also provides us the opportunity to reconnect with our deeper selves. We get the extra moment for reflection, we get the extra moment for play, we get the extra moment for love.
I wish we could have summer all year-long. It’s not that I am lazy (I might be, but that’s not the point), it’s just that I think people would be healthier and happier if we all embraced the value of summer throughout the year.
So, to all my friends and yogis, I wish you a summer full of:
- good books
- fresh berries
- corn on the cob
- walks in the moonlight
- strolling along the beach
- hiking in the woods
Shalom & Namaste
Maurice Sendak, illustrator and author of many wonderful children’s books passed away yesterday. This is a loss I feel deeply, for Sendak’s work was not only a part of my childhood, but also a part of my children’s childhood. As a child I was fascinated with the boy who stole away in a ship of his own making, whose room had been covered in vines and trees. As a mother, I loved showing my claws and gnashing my teeth with my children.
While Sendak was clearly a marvelous illustrator, what I treasure most about his work, was his irreverence for social norms and his willingness to embrace the freedom of a child’s imagination. His characters all seem a bit tousled, like they had just had so much fun on the playground or just climbed out of bed. They get in trouble and take on monsters. They eat chicken soup and rice, every day of the week, and curl up in their grandmother’s lap after coming back from space. Sendak used his pen to awaken our dreams and inspire us to be ourselves. His characters seemed to embody their thoughts and emotions so fully that they are still clearly imprinted upon our minds and hearts.
We shall miss you Maurice. Thank you for inspiring us to howl at the moon, dance with kings, and make soup with friends. Thank you for creating memories for parents and children that shall forever be cherished. Thank you for encouraging us to step more fully into our creative, imaginative and wonderful selves.
Shalom & Namaste