Self Care

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Over the past 36 hours, for me, it has been mostly about self care. Watching my emotions, acknowledging them, but not identifying them as who I am. Part of that self care has been listening to music. This is a piece I will play for savasana when time permits. When I woke up yesterday (November 9, 2016), the end scene in Angels in America was very present in my mind. I thought it very apt:Continue reading “Self Care”

Election Day Meditation

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This election cycle has been a bit contentious. We’ll all find one serious exhale after Tuesday. In the meantime, my fellow teachers at NYHRC are offering Election Day Meditation all day long at various locations. So go vote and then offer yourself an opportunity to calm the f*ck down. Check the schedule. Sit. Inhale. Exhale.

Open Studio – Saturday, April 23

Shelley1Of life’s two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer’s hand. ~Khalil Gibran

My friend, Shelley Himmelstein is  having an open studio this weekend Saturday, April 23 2016 from 2pm–6pm. The studio is at

488 Morgan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

(L train to Graham Avenue)

Loads of artists will open their studio doors including Thomas Broadbent, Elizabeth Cooper, Tim Daly, Jordan Frey, Joe Garvey, Patricia Inglesia, Phil Jackson, Elisa Jensen, Michael Krondl, Gustavs Mergins, Christopher Moore, Natalie Moore, Bryan Osburn, Kelly Parr, Andy Wilhelm, and more!

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Help Yourself!

kirtanThe purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The political discourse these days has me feeling a little glum. While I don’t believe the noise created by some of the candidates are the views of the vast majority of the population of our great country, it nonetheless has an impact. Sometimes the best way to help ourselves is to help others. I’m pretty fortunate to know the work I do makes a difference in people’s lives. MindBodyGreen offered up a few ways to bring some happiness into others lives. The post is a bit old, but the suggestions on ways to brighten others day are no less relevant. And I love theContinue reading “Help Yourself!”

Cynicism Recidivism (or zero f*cks to give)

lavendarOur practice always shows us where we’re stuck.

If we pay attention, we’re always shown where we’re being a little too rigid or perhaps too slack. Of late, I’ve been suffering from the NYC affliction: cynicism and hardness. And while I know that those afflictions can be present and I don’t need to BE cynical and hard…they have the potential  to creep in. It could possibly have been brought on by my reading too many articles about our current election process or maybe seeing Christmas decorations before Halloween. Who knows. But no matter the cause, I know I’m using it to protect my broken heart from being broken more.Continue reading “Cynicism Recidivism (or zero f*cks to give)”

Get Lost!

NYC SUBWAY MAPThe other night as I was making my way home, I popped open HopStop to check the timing of the subway. I rarely need the app for navigation purposes, but it does come in handy at times. As I scrolled down to check the times, there was a “Planned Service Change” notice. It read, “HopStop will no longer be available starting October 2015.” Huh?!

A quick Google search told me that Apple bought the app for a billion dollars back in July. Adroid or Microsoft operating systems probably know this as the app has already disappeared. By October, it will disappear off my phone as well. I had a moment of disappointment (I like the app), but have quickly moved to another to get the answers I need.Continue reading “Get Lost!”

The Soul Level

250Awakening can be defined as the beginning or rousing of something. In our practice, we can define it as an expansion or shift in consciousness. But what is it we’re supposed to do with this beginning? What are we supposed to do with this shift?

Michael Stone, the Buddhist teacher and author, whose work “manifests the fusion of committed spiritual practice and social action,” says, “Awakening without responsiveness is just apathy. It’s not useful.”  Responsiveness here is defined as giving. The idea that as we practice and become more awakened we need to give back. It’s our duty. As compassion becomes who we are, we must take action.Continue reading “The Soul Level”