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My son shared some helpful advice he received from one of his bosses who happens to be 89 years old and yes, is still working in a job he loves. Inspiration is often found in one’s life lessons when passed down to the next generation. I thought I would share some of the words of wisdom in this column. When you meet someone new, treat that person as a friend. Assume he or she is a winner and will become a positive force in your life. We often wait for someone to prove themselves before giving them an opportunity to be part of our circle. Sometimes you will be disappointed, but you will broaden...

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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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It is a gift to be able to pull back from life and travel to another country on retreat. A dream that came true for myself and daughter as we carved out this special time with one another, practicing yoga, meditating, journaling, hiking, swimming and just being in a safe space that allowed us to appreciate life in a way that I cannot describe with words.  Withdrawing from our devices proved to be a powerful healing tool with limited communication from the outside world. We lived simply but witnessed the amazing landscape within and outside.  It is a memory that will be etched in our minds forever. We...

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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 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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A Journey

One of my favorite poems, “The Journey”, is about transformation on so many levels. Whenever I read it in class, it feels powerful and healing. It’s about taking your heart into your hands and walking towards a new life. So often we are stunted by other people’s opinion on how and where we should live. The past few years have taught us all how fragile life can be and now is the time to live the life you have always dreamt of. We tend to postpone until the right time comes but I am a firm believer we have only today. My heart of hearts feels the power of the journey itself. The Journey, “One...

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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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Autumn Equinox is here. A time of new beginnings. This transition has been said to be highly spiritual. A time of release and renewal. Intense transformation for many of us as we learn to live with less sunlight and prepare to go inside. We begin to reflect on the past and plan carefully for the winter.  As our earth begins to change, so do our bodies. You may have already begun to feel the effects of the changing season. Slowing down, preparing home cooked meals, spending time at home and beginning once again is how we begin. The equinox translates to balance, there will be equal time of day...

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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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