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 the Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

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You’re That

Something for our times.

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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

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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

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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

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Who Am I?

139Over the past twenty plus years of practice, I’ve had the great honor and privilege of being part of a number of extraordinary yoga communities. Each with their distinct view of the practice. Each with unique teachers sharing their talents and insights. All feeding into and defining who I am today.

Alan Watts says we are a symptom of the earth, the earth is a symptom of the solar system, the solar system is a symptom of the galaxy, and so forth. That is to say something that indicates the existence of something else. We move in relation to one another. We lock together. And just as the earth is a symptom of our solar system, I am a symptom of all the communities I have been and continue to be a part. Continue reading

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Our Time is Limited

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A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I were chatting…in person. Face to face. Yes. It still happens. Somewhere in the course of the evening’s conversation I made the statement, “Hey…I got about twenty-nine years left on this planet. I can’t waste time.” While there was a brief debate over life expectancy, the long and short of it was how I wanted to spend my limited time left in this shell of a body. Not to worry…the heaviness of the conversation was softened with a few cocktails. Continue reading

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The Meaning of Everything

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Mercury is still in retrograde and there are loads of articles explaining what you should not do. There are also loads of articles about what you can do. All of which mean something to some people and nothing to others.

There’s a full moon in Sagittarius. Which means something to some people and nothing to others.

The combination of Mercury in Retrograde and the full moon in Sagittarius means something to some people and nothing to others.

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May (and beyond) Happenings!

IMG_1259Happy May Folks!

I’ve had the great honor and privilege to be guiding a group of Teacher Trainees through asana practice at Brooklyn Yoga Project. It’s been humbling to watch them ride the waves. But the student is always the teacher…and it has also allowed me the opportunity to learn more about myself and this practice we call yoga. Continue reading

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