Life is profound if you’re awake to see it. It’s one thing to draw from culture, it’s another thing to be drawn so deeply into the culture that your true nature disappears. Wisdom is not merely something to be gained with old age. One can be wise in every stage of one’s life. To manifest wisdom means simply to step back and see—to reflect, inquire, be aware, be disciplined, and be focused not once in a while, but all of the time, moment to moment. This life is precious and fleeting. Pay attention. ~Seido Ray Ronci, “The Examined Life”

Baggage Claim

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The other day as I walked along the street and rounded a corner I nearly tripped over one of those wheely bags a woman was dragging behind her. While my initial reaction was to give the woman one of my signature smartass remarks, I looked into her face, already with a pained expression, and realized I didn’t need to add anything. Walking away, it dawned on me that we never really know when we’re going to get tripped up. Which in turn moved me to ask the question: Are we carrying stuff around with us that not only is a heavy burden to ourselves, but also begins to trip up others around us?Continue reading “Baggage Claim”

Flow into Food

Ximena Rojas, Health Counselor, and I will be bringing Flow into Food to Sangha House on Sunday, January 29. This informative workshop will discuss why the principles of eating seasonally are not just about being green, but why it’s exactly what your body needs at particular times of the year. After a beautiful open-level vinyasa flow, we’ll settle into a wine tasting and discuss the basic principles of organic and biodynamic wines followed by a delicious seasonal three-course meal. Sign up by Wednesday, January 25 by calling the studio at 212-213-4397 or online at mindbody. It will be a beautiful and educational event that you won’t want to miss. I look forward to seeing you!

You’ll shoot your eye out kid…

If you’ve never seen it, A Christmas Story is a movie about a kid named Ralphie in the 1940’s who wants a Red Rider BB gun. The story takes us through the ups and downs as Ralphie sets his intention on getting the BB gun for Christmas. Throughout the story, Ralphie comes across many naysayers,  including Santa himself, each telling him he’d shoot his eye out.

This year, as I was watching airing after airing of the movie, I began to think about how single pointed focused Ralphie was even with all the naysayers. Continue reading “You’ll shoot your eye out kid…”

Share Your Illumination

When a candle is lit in a dark room, it illuminates the room to some extent, but its power is limited. But if you use the same candle to light another candle, the total brightness increases. If you continue to do this, you can fill the room with brilliant illumination. The idea of transferring merit to others is like this. If we keep our own light selfishly hidden, it will only provide a limited amount of illumination. But when we share our light with others, we do not diminish our own light. Rather, we increase the amount of light available to all. Therefore, when others light our candle, we issue forth light. When out of gratitude we use our candle to light other people’s candles, the whole room gets brighter. This is why we transfer merit to others. This kind of light is continuous and inexhaustible.

Master Sheng Yen, “Rich Generosity”

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Joy Has Many Flavors

Joy has many different flavors. It might overflow from us in song or dance, or it might gently arise as a smile or a sense of inner fullness. Joy is not something we have to manufacture. It is already in us when we come into the world, as we can see in the natural delight and exuberance of a healthy baby. We need only release the layers of contraction and fear that keep us from it.

– James Baraz, “Lighten Up!”

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Be Quiet!

I love children. Everyone who knows me knows this. Kids on the street, kids I know…whatever. I love watching what they do…how they interact…listening to what they say. It’s magical. It’s always honest…real. They’re always clear. While I don’t have children of my own, I do have the great luxury of knowing many people who do. I try to take advantage of that as often as possible…and I say luxury because it’s pretty awesome to have them for a few hours and then hand them back to their parents. 🙂

So…last Friday, I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with my friend Phoebe and her two beautiful sons, Finnegan and Django, in Brooklyn. Continue reading “Be Quiet!”