Stillness is something that does not always feel natural. Our minds and bodies are accustomed to having daily checklists so we can always be ahead of the game. More times than not, there is nothing we should be trying to get ahead of. Appreciating the extra time of quietness and calmness is so important around this time of year. It is the calm before the holiday craziness. Our bodies are trying to reconnect to our brains from daylight savings time. The act of noticing how you can be still is a beautiful way to feel at peace with yourself. Learn to find the stillness. Replace the need for checking off boxes on the to do list. This can be extremely hard if you are a productive person who thrives on always accomplishing things. But finding
“Abundance is not something we acquire, it is something we tune in to.” - Wayne Dyer
Abundance is a state of being within. It is not defined by what we have but by who we are. My inner self is sometimes forgiving, sometimes accepting, most of the time loving, most of the time peaceful, half of the time non-judgmental, most of the time giving, most of the time patient, some of the time understanding. How do you feel your inner self? How do you get in tune to that place of who you are as a
For most of us, much has changed since Sandy. We became stronger as a community, supporting one another with the cleanup and everything else that needed to be done to return to our homes and businesses. Unfortunately, there are still some who are not in their homes.
At the time of Sandy, I was running Ocean Bliss Yoga out of Mrs. Elaine’s Dance Studio. We had a beautiful community and were growing day by day simply by word of mouth. Within two months after Sandy, we were able to open our
Bodhichitta is a Sanskrit word meaning “Awakened Heart.” It is said to exist in each and every one of us. Pema Chodron, a famous Buddhist nun, says, “In difficult times it is the bodhichitta that heals. When inspiration has been hidden, when we feel ready to give up, this is the time when healing can be found in the tenderness of pain itself.” This may seem like an unusual way to heal the heart, but I believe there is great value in accepting pain, suffering and
discomfort. As we all know
Often, we are so busy thinking about our next thing to do on the to-do list that we miss being present with what we are doing right now. It can be the smallest task such as drying your dishes or chopping your vegetables. Are you multi-tasking and preparing the next thing to do in your mind? Can you just be where you are? Nothing more, nothing less.
Many years back, when I was younger, I would go to Brooklyn Sports Club, it was called Starrett City back then. I would first start out in the
Finally, it almost feels like the season is turning and all at once it is darker and cooler and busier. All at once. I have one foot in summer and one foot in what lies ahead. That is probably why my “balance” is a little off and neither here nor there. So, I just move forward and don’t linger on the what is not happening and why and, and, and because we have change and flow all around, sometimes in big ways like changes of the seasons. And I say to myself that I will soon resume my
We can know ourselves. If we stop, we can think about what we are feeling, what we are thinking, what we are seeing, what we are hearing, what we are smelling, and if we’re eating, what we are tasting. We are the keepers of our senses. We are the keepers of our thoughts. We are the keepers of our emotions.
Sometimes we are so much outside of our bodies that we are not in touch with what is going on – physically, mentally, emotionally. There is so much going on out there. A lot of