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Reflections on Greece

Monday, June 30, 2008

I am filled with gratitude every day. I have just spent an amazing 10 days in Santorini with Shiva. The beauty of Santorini is almost beyond words. I swam in the Aegean Sea, climbed to the top of an ancient mesa - summoning courage to overcome fear of heights - and soaked in the local culture. Probably what made the experience even sweeter was sharing it with friends. Reconnecting with Coral, Luciana, Carlyn and meeting her fiance Rick was the best. Our days were filled with yoga, enjoying the sun, exploring the island, and laughing a lot. Our meals became more like family dinners with a table full of food and sharing and laughter. They had a rhythm all their own and we were all in sync. There are so many memories that I will hold dear for the rest of my life. I don't know when I have felt so free. 
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The Mesa

Monday, June 30, 2008

As we walked down the steps to the base of the mesa, I admired its beauty. I had no fear about this journey. One of our many adventures in Greece, we were climing to the top of this mesa to watch the sun set and take in the breathtaking view of Santorini. Laughing and talking - we starting climbing the winding path. Unexpectedly, I was overcome with dizziness. I have vertigo when I am in high places, but it had never occured to me that I would experience it now. Tom was far behind me and Coral had gone ahead far in front of me. I paused to ground myself and to wait for Tom. Tom always helps me to feel stong - like I can do anything with him. We started climbing again. Looking for the best rocky places to step and pausing to hold the rocks as we climbed higher. It was better. 
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Navigating Change

Monday, May 12, 2008

Today is a new day. I am newly on the other side of a huge life change that I've planned for and anticipated for a long time. It's a dream come true. But the process of moving through the change brings the big question: "Now what?" Anyone who knows me well knows that I am not short on answers to this question. I started my day with so many things filling my head, so many things to do, so many options that I was all at once overwhelmed. So I stopped. I think we sometimes are so consumed with the planning that we not only miss the moment right now, but we forget to pause. I returned to gratitude. I need roots in this new place. I just planted new flowers in my garden over the weekend. Today I was so excited to go outside and enjoy their beauty. That's the way I feel about this new phase of my life. I am so excited for the new growth that I can't wait for the blooms. The seeds I have been planting for so long are finally beginning to bloom. So now what? Enjoy. 
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About Yoga Series: Understanding the Niyamas

Friday, March 28, 2008

We previously discussed the Yamas and found them to be ethical disciplines for the yoga practioner. The Niyamas are the Yama's counterpart and are the rules of conduct the yoga student follows to build personal character. There are five Niyamas, which are:

* Saucha - purity of body/cleanliness
* Santosa - contentment
* Tapas - austerity/religious zeal
* Svadhyaha - self study
* Isvara pranidhana - total surrender to God 
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Spring is Here - So why not renew yourself with these ideas

Friday, March 28, 2008

Spring Cleaning
Spring is a traditional time of renewal. In our personal lives we can use this time to become renewed by cleaning out the old stuff. Like in fall when we rake up leaves and clean our yard in preparation for the arrival of new flowers and plants in spring, this is a time when we can remove the old and make way for a refreshed sense of well-being. Following are three ways to clean the body, mind, the space around us. 
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