At the turn of a new year, we talk about intentions and what we’re going to start, what we’re going to improve, what we’re going to accomplish. I have been thinking about intention in the emotional feeling world - rather than from the mind space of doing and action. Came across this today: “Focus on feeling happy and every aspect of your life will become more beautiful.” Intention is focus. Before that is awareness. So what can we intend to make us feel better? What can we intend to transform feelings that do not serve us? What can we intend to feel so good that it becomes contagious around us?

Let’s start with the good feelings. When a good feeling is present, stop, feel it and proclaim an intention. May I feel many more moments of joy

It’s hard to believe we are already into our second week of January. Some of us don’t even feel like we had the opportunity to safely celebrate bringing in 2022. In the past my New Year’s resolutions never lasted long, so this year I changed my way of thinking to a list of many intentions or seed thoughts. I thought I would share some of them with you to give you inspiration if you are feeling called to change things up in your life in a meaningful way.

First, I would like to thank all my

Today is the last column of the year for me. It’s boxing day, my dad would have been 96 years old today. Memories of him come flooding in. When we were young, we never celebrated his birthday because of Christmas. We thought Christmas and his birthday were one of the same. He was always so gracious and funny on his special day. He would say, my birthday gift is my left shoe, I got the right shoe for Christmas. He taught us the meaning of having enough. We were blessed to have a dad who was

“Time does not heal all wounds; it just gives them space to sink into subconscious, where they will continue to impact your emotions and behavior. What heals is going inward, loving yourself, accepting yourself, listening to your needs, addressing your attachments and emotional history, learning how to let go, and following your intuition.”

~ Yung Pueblo

The above quote has become my mantra and saving grace. I wish to share it with all those who suffer from loss and feel pain in their hearts

My “mantra” during my New Year’s day walking meditation on the beach: “om shanti, om shanti, om shanti, om shanti hum” (‘om’ peace, ‘om’ peace, ‘om’ I am peace). I begin this new year - 2022 - with hope for peace and awakening. Peace on every level: self, between and among people in our community, regions, countries, world.

My hope is that peace, joy, love, compassion, gratitude, abundance replace all of the opposites (and I am not going to name them, not going to give them any power or place

It is the season of peace and joy and celebration. Thankfully, we have all of that around us. The new year - 2022 - is almost here and it seems as if we are in another state of uncertainty, one that is a little harder to the reality, a little more tolerant, much like someone who hardens to uncivility because of repeated exposure. We are growing accustomed to things we would have never thought we would/could do. With it, comes fear, anger, despair and hopelessness, for some, with greater

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” - Plato

In addition to my yoga mat - for movement, breath practice and meditation - listening to music has always been a go to for me to feel good. And just like yoga-related practices, listening and playing music works in the same way. “Music literally changes the brain. Neurological researchers have found that listening to music triggers the release of several neurochemicals that play a

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