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Author: Paulette Mancuso

EMBRACING CHANGE

It’s time for a change. A shift from what I have been sharing here to other forums. Following the natural course of my life. When this kind of a shift is happening, the process is nothing short of a heavenly roller coaster ride. Continuing my studies and teaching of yoga and all related – the whole of yoga – and developing some new paths to journey on – focusing in a determined way, coming from a place of power and ease. In this parting column, I would like to share this lesson I recently learned in relation to two people I really care about and who will always be in my heart...

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TAKE A MOMENT OR MORE

Those of you who know me, know that I am a proponent of taking time to restore. I urge individuals with whom I have contact to take a few minutes of deep breathing during the day or when particularly stressful situations arise.  “Feelings come and go like the clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” -Thich Nhat Hanh. I have studied and guided many restorative yoga sessions and it is so fulfilling when someone can settle down, relax and restore during a session and then take that sense of wellbeing with them. There are simple ways to adapt these forms at home using pillows and...

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PASSION

Passion is a fuel. Passion is also a Mom of invention. Passion produces good feelings.  Passion lights the way for real change. Passion reaches one. Passion reaches many. Twice recently in two separate places – not here – I was told yes, what I ordered was definitely gluten free, wheat-free, oat-free. And within minutes upon walking, the allergic reaction started. I was surprised because I am always very clear about the effect. Maybe cross-contamination. Who knows? Last month, when I was having a meal at Rocco’s sitting at the bar enjoying, I asked which gelato was gluten-free. The...

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Forgiveness

We’re human, as the saying goes. People say things, behave and act in certain ways that are particularly hurtful. People have survival modes or competitive modes or whatever makes them tick. And some people truly do not have kind hearts. So there are times in our lives when we are recipients of such words, behaviors and actions. While we may choose to remove ourselves from this harm’s way, we may still feel bad long afterwards. And the stories play over and over again until we find a way out. One way out is forgiveness. And forgiveness is really not for or about the other person, it is for us,...

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ALL GOOD THINGS TAKE TIME

I was making “spaghetti pomodoro” last Friday night after a heartwarming FT call.  Fresh tomatoes from the garden, onion, olive oil, salt, pepper and fresh dried oregano. Water is boiling for spaghetti. Aroma is moving through the music. And I thought about how long it was simmering and how really:  all good things take time. These tomatoes need to bask and simmer in the slightly caramelized onions – coarsely chopped, not finely.  The tomatoes are hearty and sweet at the same time as I will come to taste soon. If I were rushing this, I could boil it up; that is not the way, though, if...

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