Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Michael Manring (not sure how to describe this, but you should definitely check it out)
On Ensemble (same as above)
Baby Got Back (a little embarrassed about this one, but I do enjoy the beat and memories of
Diana Krall (jazzy)
Feist (alternative female)
Michael Buble (oldies)
Natalie Walker (alternative female)
Brian Eno (ambient--so relaxing)
Dido (alternative female)
Thievery Corporation (electronica/chill)
Enjoy the music.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I am so humbled and thankful for the opportunity to share my thoughts on two of my favorite topics. If you have an extra half hour and would like to here the discussion, click on the play button to the right of this post!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
What women inspire you and why?
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
*carmel apple cider from Starbucks
*leaves turning beautiful colors of orange, yellows, and reds
*wearing cute hats, arm warmers, and scarves
*opening the windows and letting in the fresh fall air
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
"The more we truly live from our hearts, the more rest and self-nurturing and relaxation become a way of life--a satisfying texture of action and calm, expansion and contraction, giving and replenishing. Genuine rest becomes a part of our lives not because we have to make time for it but because we are willing to be needy and ask for what we need from Spirit, becaue we are offering our gifts to the world with verve and integrity. Life, in other words, is no longer clutched in our tight fists. And that is truly restful."
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Here is a great quote from the book, Positive Energy, by Judith Orlff, M.D. about trusting the wisdom of flow:
"Flow is perfect attunement with a larger-than-self energy that carries us through our lives. I veiw this energy as Spirit, compassionate and wise. Trusting the wisdom of flow means going with what's presented to us as gracefully as possible, rather than flailing around in opposition. Our life's flow propels us in certain directions. Of course, we do everything possible to create optimal outcomes, but we also must know when to ease off. The art is learning to go where the current takes you rather than maniacally micromanaging every detail of your existence. If you've ever swum against a powerful ocean current, you know how your energy can be futilely depleted. The same thing happens when you fight the flow of life.
Going with the flow safeguards your life force. Thus, to keep flowing, you have to know when something is in your power to control or not. The Serenity Prayer helps clarify this, as do the deep-listening practices of meditation, silence, and prayer....please appreciate: Letting go doesn't mean giving up. It's having the sense to know when it's optimal to explore new possibilities. This frees energy, whereas forcing breeds negativity. If you can't directly influence external events, you can always influence your attitude."
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
- Have I been labeled as overly sensitive?
- If a friend is distraught or in physical pain, do I start feeling it too?
- Am I drained in crowds, going out of my way to avoid them?
- Do I get anxious in packed elevators, airplanes, or subways?
- Am I hypersensitive to noise, scents, or excessive talking?
- When I see gruesome newscasts, does my energy plummet?
- Do I get burned out by groups, require lots of time alone to revive?
Discovering you're an empath can be a revelation. Putting a name to a very real intuitive experience legitimizes your perceptions. It also pinpoints where you're losing energy so you can regain it."
Orloff goes on to explore the importance of getting in touch with our intuition, our wise inner voice. Today it is all too easy for our intuitions to get drowned out by the busy, multi-tasking, workaholic world:
"Do everything you can to find intuition. Whether you're following your gut, scoping out someone's vibes, or grounding yourself in the midst of turmoil, be fierce about your inner listening. From that center point, feel your life's rhythm. Synchronize with it and watch your positive energy grow. Resist the rhythm and see how your energy dwindels. The art of living is to listen to signals. There's an ease to letting your insticts guide. Intuition isn't a luxury; it's mandatory for a joyous life. Risk trusting it. I guarantee: your energy will flourish."
"Intuition isn't a luxury; it's mandatory for a joyous life." When was the last time your listened to it?
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
"In the past five years, I have seen some wonderful changes in my body and mind. My daughter calls me 'buff.' My golf game has improved dramatically. I romp freely with my grandchildren. My mental attitude has transformed, from hard-nosed and militaristic to what I think of as a more accepting kind of perfectionism. I find that my zest for life has been renewed.
Five years after I retired from the Air Force and four months before my 60th birthday, I joined a group of collegues at a yoga studio after work. It was a Bikram Yoga class, and my first thought was, 'Vietnam was hot. This is hell.' But I returned the next day, as much because I hated the idea of quitting as because I was intrigued by the ideas expressed by the teacher. I stayed with it and never sweated so much while learning so deeply about myself.
Bikram Yoga was a good start, but I wanted a more inclusive approach. Thus began a search. Vinyasa proved to be interesting and challenging, becaues the flow was like dancing. Power yoga almost killed me, so I left that to the 20-somethings. In Forrest Yoga classes, I discovered a fear of flying (in Handstand, of course). Finally, in Anusara Yoga I found a home. In July, I celebrated my 65th birthday, and I practice with a Level II-III Anusara class, filling in with an almost daily personal practice and classes at a recreation center near my home. I plan to start my teacher training later this year. Today, better aligned and speaking a soft, new language, I tell my friends and collegues that one is never too old to begin a yoga practice." --Len Brady from Oct. issue of Yoga Journal
p.s. Love this story--although I must say Power yoga isn't just for 20 somethings! :)