These are the Important Questions

Well, it took a full week, but we are all getting into the 21 day meditation challenge now, here at our home.  This morning Roxy made it to savasana and even stayed in position for quite a while after Mitch and I were done and out of the room.  This is a real reminder for all of us…routine and repetition go a VERY long way towards forming new habits! have gotten a few great tidbits out of this meditation challenge.   The one I will be focusing on today, and tonight in 7pm class, is the concept of positive and negative input.  In short, Chopra says that our days are filled with a lot of negative input (stress from work, finances, family, injury, illness, world news, just to name a few)  This input wreaks havoc on our physical, mental and spiritual health!  The only way to combat it is with POSITIVE input.  This is found in the things that bring us joy!  Many of us have to go out and find and make that positive input happen.  Whether it’s holding a baby, bonding with nature, a great workout, playing an instrument, painting a picture, watching a sunset (and I could go on and on) there is MUCH positive input for all of us IF we take the time to seek it out.

For the past few weeks, we have been repeating 4 important questions during yoga class.

Who am I? 

What do I want? 

What is my purpose

and most importantly,

What makes me happy?

Letting images, thoughts and words come freely after asking those questions, helps us answer them HONESTLY.   Learning what makes us happy allows us to fill our free time with POSITIVE input, hence counterbalancing all the negative input.

Chopra also suggests at the end of the day we ask ourselves what was the BEST part of our day, helping us to focus even more, and end the day, on the good stuff!

Whether you are at home, at work, coming to class tonight, participating in the meditation challenge or not–try giving some quiet time to these important questions and I promise you will not only learn more about who you are at your core, but also bring more joy into your life, which will make you healthier!

THIS, is just one of  the quiet ways in which meditation enriches our lives and improves our health and well-being.  Always, but especially during these crazy times in our world, we need that more than ever!



Love, Sweet Love

Who is doing the meditation challenge?  I am interested in feedback.

Mitch and I are on schedule with it.  The first day was ok.  Yesterday, the second day, didn’t do much for me and the mantra was WAAAAAAAAAAAAY too hard to remember, making mediation more of a challenge than a time to relax.  Ironically, Roxy cat is having a hard time settling in this time, too.  Not sure if it’s the background music or that it just takes days of repetition.  She usually LOVES meditation time and almost always ends up in a true savasana pose, but not yet this time around.

All that hat said, we are happy to be back to taking the time to just SIT each morning, and today was so much better.  If you haven’t joined in yet, you can still get it from the beginning.  If you scroll back a few days you can find the link on here, or just google 21 day meditation challenge.  Just like there is no such thing as a bad day at the beach, there are no bad meditations.  I look forward to watching these 3 weeks unfold and come together.

In keeping with my trying to have new experiences every day (such a hard challenge but so far so good) I held not one but 2 little babies yesterday, Sienna and Kale, each just a few months old.  They were both delicious and holding them was very joyful!  I am sure way back when the boys were young there were days when I held more than one, but that is a lifetime ago, so this counts as new!

After the terrible tragedy in Brussels yesterday, I found it quite ironic that just by coincidence, today, I put in a cd to cool down to at the gym and hit the button and the song was What the World Needs Now–(is love sweet love)  NO, not just for SOME but for EVERYONE….Certainly I feel this is very true.  All my healing energy goes out to all those that are suffering physically or lost loved ones in this senseless bombing.   While we all agree these extremists are incredibly dangerous and need to be stopped, I am not sure anyone short of Superman has the power.  Personally, I refuse to be terrified.  If I am, haven’t they won?

Instead I will continue to work on living each day to it’s fullest.  Hoping wherever you are, you are doing the same.  Much love…….




Next Stop…(Hopefully not) The Twilight Zone

Being a HUGE fan of The Twilight Zone, I have seen all of them countless times.  I hope where my brother is, he somehow knows he instilled this love, which started out as a way to terrorize his MUCH younger sister.  It is said that “art imitates life and life imitates art,” and bizarre as some episodes are, I always feel this is true.

Many episodes, which were all written well over 50 years ago, are as timely now as ever, some even more so.  Consider the episode where the earth is continuing to get hotter each year.  Was there any talk of climate change circa 1960?  I particularly loved one where the news anchor woman wanting to stay young looking, bought into a water system that would reverse her aging looks…only problem was, there was no way to keep up with the rising cost of looking young and once she stopped drinking from “the fountain of youth,” the aging process sped up in overdrive.  Whenever people try to sell me products that will make me look more youthful, my mind immediately goes to this episode, which is one of my favorites.

Serling always ended the show with the same tag line about how these things can happen only in Twilight Zone.  There was only ONE episode which ended quite differently.  It was the episode called Death’s Head Revisited, and it was about the ghosts that linger in the concentration camp of Dachau.  This was an amazing episode and I highly recommend if you are going to watch JUST ONE episode of this show, this is the one.  The episode concludes with this question:

“Dachau. Why does it still stand? Why do we keep it standing?”

Serling replies with this closing text:

“There is an answer to the doctor’s question. All the Dachaus must remain standing. The Dachaus, the Belsens, the Buchenwalds, the Auschwitzes – all of them. They must remain standing because they are a monument to a moment in time when some men decided to turn the Earth into a graveyard. Into it they shoveled all of their reason, their logic, their knowledge, but worst of all, their conscience. And the moment we forget this, the moment we cease to be haunted by its remembrance, then we become the gravediggers. Something to dwell on and to remember, not only in the Twilight Zone but wherever men walk God’s Earth.”

Personally, I am very frightened by the amount of hate floating around in our world and our own country right now.  Hatred and discrimination NEVER fix hatred and discrimination.  I have NO question that Hitler felt very justified in singling out people that he hated/feared.  Lots of people followed his lead, because I am sure he was quite believable…and he was, after all, a leader!

People have walked around for almost 60 years wondering how this could ever happen.  That answer lies in the answer above.

We must be very, very careful what we wish for and who we chose to follow, or have lead us.

Me, I will ALWAYS chose peace and chose to follow leaders that best reflect that choice.  While I am saddened by today’s news of the attack in Brussels, this or any attack by sick extremists will NOT force me to be hateful or to discriminate against a particular race or religion.

I will NOT be a gravedigger.

Thanks for “listening.”  Wishing YOU  peace today and every day.

Regular schedule at the gym tonight.  See you there.  Or back here.


Lions and Tigers and Cows, Oh My!

This being Vegan (Feast) Thursday, it seemed appropriate to address the issue of Cecil the lion.  NEVER wanting to be one to offend, I tend to stay pretty quiet about my choice to thrive on a plant-based diet and refrain from purchasing animal products.  After all, the more time spent in meditation, the more clear I feel about NOT being a judge and jury of anyone else.

It would be a lie to say, though, that it is not frustrating to read and hear and see all the outrage over the killing of this most magnificent king of the jungle.  For most of us, it is beyond our comprehension to kill a lion.  Same goes for a cat, or a dog.  All day long we post pictures of animals and converse about how much we love them.

No.  I am not the judge, but who of any of us is?  Who decides which animals are pets, which are for farms, which are for zoos, which are for hunting, which are for hanging on a wall, which are for food, which are for shoes and purses and furniture?

Many will point out to me that is all about culture.  In some cultures it’s ok to eat cows, while in others, it’s about the worst thing you can do!  Certainly as Americans we frown upon anyone that would eat dog meat, or horse meat, but when you step aside from “culture” what really IS the difference????

No.  I never set out to offend.  This morning’s meditation was about how when we are our TRUE selves, we are our WHOLE selves.   Then, while taking a very quick scroll through Facebook, I saw this:

So my deepest apologies you find anything offensive about this post.  So many things that end up on the internet are offensive and often hurtful, when that is probably never the intention of the person posting.

Many discussion have been had about all the emotions involved with this thing we call Facebook.  Many studies have been done by researchers (some by Facebook manipulating our feed!) and one thing that has been found is that the emotion most associated with reading Facebook is ENVY.  (The more vacation pics and pics of things people have acquired,  the less worthy others feel. These photos, however, are just a snapshot in time.  We often have NO idea what else is going on in these people’s lives.  No one ever posts when they are getting calls from collection agencies or their kids just got in trouble, etc.) Another study revealed that the more positive posts we see, the more we are likely to post positive things as well.  The opposite also held true.

Being human, I admit to have had my fair share of  walking away from Facebook, frustrated, annoyed or hurt.  Recently, I have made the connection and have decided less time on Facebook is a good thing for me.  That’s just me.

My blog will continue to get posted to Facebook and I strongly encourage you to hide my posts or scroll past them quickly if you find them offensive.  My aim is ALWAYS more peaceandfitness!

Please consider your food choices, today and every day.  What is good for the animals, is also what is best for our health and the planet.

Please also feel free to leave any comments on either of these 2 topics.  Let’s get people talking and hopefully moving towards a more peaceful planet.