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Fall Back (into your routine)

This is a wonderful time of year here in Michigan. You can feel the fall weather rushing into our lives. And although we may still have a day or two where it’s hotter than we want it to be, the sun is lower, the days are shorter and fall is in the air.

Fall is when the kids go back to school and we can get on with our lives. In a way, it’s almost like the start of a new year for us. As we send our kids back to school and get our own routine back in order, I ask that you evaluate what you have going on in your life and what you’d like to do to improve it. Perhaps you’ve been meaning to get back into your exercise routine or your daily yoga and meditation practice. I invite you to challenge yourself to do these things. Not only will it make you a happier and healthier person, but it will have a positive effect on the people around you because of this.
Each morning when you wake up, sneak in a few Sun Salutations, sneak in a 2 – 5 minute silent meditation and set your intention for the day and continue to recite it in your head throughout the day. In the evening before you go to sleep, slip in a couple of Cat Cows to relax your body and have a “Coffee Meditation” where you just sit back and reflect on your day. Don’t dwell on the negative things that happened or on what you didn’t accomplish, instead praise yourself for all the wonderful things that happened in your day listing at least 3 of them. Continue this regimen each day until it becomes a part of your daily routine. Perhaps you’ll find yourself waking up a little earlier so you can fit in a few more asanas and add a couple more minutes to your meditation each day.
As the fall weather comes into full force, you’ll realize how much you missed your routine and how easy it is to fall back into it.
Namaste

Releasing what no longer serves you

It’s difficult sometimes to let go of things. Whether it’s a relationship, personal possessions, etc., it can be very difficult. We sometimes can’t let go of things because we’re afraid of the change it may bring on. What we forget about is that holding on to things that no longer serve us does not allow the wonderful changes that are waiting to come into our lives. These are changes that we need – opportunities that are only able to come upon us when we let go of things. For every old thing we let go of, we are allowing a new opportunity into our life.

Try sitting quietly with no disturbances. Close your eyes and be comfortable. Take a deep inhalation and visualize new fresh opportunities coming into your life. On each exhalation, visualize all the old, stagnant items you’re holding onto leaving your body. Continue this breath work as you continue with the next visualization exercise.

Visualize the things in your life that you’re holding on to that no longer serve you. Watch each of these items go into a large balloon that you are holding onto. Watch each item go into the balloon. Watch the balloon expand as it fills up with all these items. Once you’ve filled the balloon as much as you want to, tie it so all these items stay inside the balloon. Now let the balloon go…. watch it float away with all the items you put inside of it. Come back to your breath, deep inhalations and exhalations as you bring your awareness back to yourself sitting in your comfortable spot.

Practice this anytime you feel like you need to release what no longer serves you. Do not be afraid of change, welcome the new opportunities change will bring into your life.

Namaste

Happy Birthday Honey!

Today is my husband’s birthday. He’s 48! Finally… catching up to me. Almost 20 years ago I met him at a public radio, outdoor music festival where I bravely walked up to him and asked him for his name and phone number. Of course he thought I was high and I thought he gave me a fake name because he rattled off some Italian long-ass name that I just figured was fake. Turns out, I was not high, just assertive and he did not give me a fake name, he is actually Italian!

I never imagined that on that day, the day I wasn’t even going to go to the festival and then at the very last minute decided to go – who ever thought I would have met the man that 20 years later I would be sharing reading glasses with. We’ve had such a wonderful time (and some not so great times) over the past 20 years and I wouldn’t trade one minute away.
Of course it’s really about his birthday and I am happy to say he is outside right now in the 50 degree, misty, already drenched ground golfing with one of his best friends, so I know he’s in his glory and doing what he loves most.
Happy Birthday Honey – and I hope you have many, many more!

Love, Lies and too much Power!

I am trying not to get too caught up in another one of the “beautiful people” problems going on right now, yes, I am talking about Maria and Arnold. It’s hard not to though. I was watching The Cobert Report last night, and Stephen too was trying not to get caught up in the whole story and of course he ended up succumbing to the gossip – mostly because it’s too hard to believe that Maria didn’t know ANYTHING!!! Like Arnold was having an affair with a household staffer and Maria didn’t know. Or Arnold had a “love child” with this women over 10 years ago and still… Maria didn’t know!!!

I have to wonder if sometimes these wives look the other way for their own self worth. I mean if they are looking the other way to save the family or save the career of themselves or their spouse, isn’t that a problem in and of itself? Isn’t the long term effect of this whole story going to effect so many people? The “love child” himself, Arnold and Maria’s own kids, the family of the “love child”, etc., etc., etc.
Bigger question is WHY? Why do these men feel so compelled to cheat on their wives? Do they need that many outlets? Are they bored with the women they are married to? Are they that insecure? According to LiveScience, power and corruption go together. They say that men in power have feelings of invincibility and a “no one can touch me” attitude. They also have more opportunities to step out of line. “Power has been and will forever be entangled with corruption for various reasons” said Daniel Kruger, a social and evolutionary psychologist at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. However, the general public think men in power need to have higher morals, do the right thing and set good examples. Yet these men in power think of themselves as invincible and will take great risks that could cause huge consequences. That’s because they value the immediate rewards and don’t really think they’ll get caught or think of the “down the road” consequences. Kruger also explains that after a while of behaving this way, one’s immoral behavior can become routine and one will stop thinking about their behavior consciously.
So back to Maria and Arnold. I can’t even process how she must feel, especially if she really did just come to find this out in the last few months as they claim. Can you imagine being married to someone for 25 years and finding out that not only did they cheat on you but by the way, they had a “love child” that has been a part of your home for the past 10 years! I am not sure how she’ll ever be able to trust any one – especially a man in a relationship, again.

Buying Organic Foods

There is lots of talk about organic food and maybe your’re on the fence about buying organic or not. If you are, please see this list of “The Dirty Dozen” and also the “The Clean Fifteen”. If you aren’t ready to commit to organic 100% – at least buy the items from the dirty dozen from an organic source whenever you can. The items on “The Clean Fifteen” list, are OK to purchase conventionally.

I have been talking to my students all last month about this list and wanted to share it with everyone…

The Dirty Dozen:
These fruits and vegetables tend to be high in pesticide residue when grown conventionally. Buy them from an organic source whenever you can.

  • celery
  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • apples
  • blueberries
  • nectarines
  • sweet bell peppers
  • spinach, kale, collard greens
  • cherries
  • potatoes
  • imported grapes
  • lettuce
The Clean 15:
When grown conventionally, these items remain low in pesticide residue. There are fewer advantages to buying them from an organic source.

  • onions
  • avocado
  • sweet corn
  • pineapple
  • mango
  • sweet peas
  • asparagus
  • kiwi fruit
  • cabbage
  • eggplant
  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon
  • grapefruit
  • sweet potato
  • sweet onion

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