Thanks to Elephant Yoga for This One!

For those that resist meditation or feel it is too hippie dippy…but just as much for those that meditate daily…this one, if you haven’t seen it already, probably has the same calming effects as other more traditional guided journeys, but definitely is anything but traditional.  I tried integrating some of it into my morning meditation and it actually helped me gather some internal focus!


Flickr/Tambako The Jaguar:

A special congratulations to Jolene and Derek as they move into their new home this week and lay down some roots in Sin City.  For them, Las Vegas has been ANYTHING but the city of Lost Wages.  Focus, determination, hard work, and goal setting all paid off.  As a team, my guess is you 2 can accomplish anything.  You probably could have used the above guided meditation over the last month or so.

Can’t wait to celebrate with them.

Good Advice for a Saturday

Many of us pick Saturday (or Sunday) as our “cheat” day.  Unfortunately, if we let ourselves go for the entire day, it may take us half of the following week to shed the extra calories.   The same is true for rule 5, which can be a big issue for those with emotional eating, especially.

This seems like some good advice.  Especially rule 1!  Have an awesome weekend.  Do what you have to do all week, so you can do what you really want to do on (or eat or drink) on “cheat” day.  Then enjoy the hell out of your indulgence.

Russell and Al Dine at Red Bamboo!

Thank you, thank you to the Today Show for a great little segment on this morning’s show called Vegan 101.  It was educational, informative and very positive!  The best part was when Russell Simmons took Al Roker to his favorite NYC restaurant Red Bamboo to sample a table full of amazing looking food.  Since I have eaten there twice (thank you, Derek for introducing me to that place and returning with me again on our last family trip to NY) I can definitely attest to how insanely amazing the food is at this all vegan joint in the village and highly recommend it!

Just a couple of images taken off the page after doing a Google search for images of Red Bamboo.

The pros and cons were shared.  On the pro list were many health benefits such as lower cholesterol, higher fiber intake, healthier for the cardio-vascular system and often a lower weight/BMI than animal eaters.

The list of cons, weren’t really cons, at all.  They included needing to supplement our vitamin B-12 (as that is only found in animal products).  Many animal eaters need to take B vitamins anyway, and it’s easy enough to get amble B-12 by sprinkling cheesy flavored nutritional yeast (not to be confused with brewers yeast which is bitter) on…almost anything/everything–or taking a supplement if necessary.  Of course, making sure ample protein is consumed was on the list, but that’s an easy one –if you are eating healthfully, including nuts and beans in your daily diet, there shouldn’t be a problem–even for an athlete!

It was also good to hear them include how good a vegan lifestyle is for the environment.  Even taking just one day a week, like Meatless Monday, makes a huge POSITIVE impact on our planet, and of course the animals.

Russell Simmons has a book out called the happy vegan.  If you are not familiar with who he is, Simmons is a business magnate who, amongst other things, co-founded the hip-hop music label Def Jam and started a few clothing lines, including Phat Farm.  He balances his very busy ying business life with yoga and daily meditation.  He also authored a book on meditation called Success Through Sitting.

Thank you to Deepak Chopra for another great meditation this morning.  Earlier in the week he suggested saying “thank you,” in place of “yes.”  This immediately brings more gratitude to you.   Today’s centering thought was:

Every thankful moment makes me healthier.” 

I am grateful to you for coming in and taking a peak at peaceandfitness, this morning.  Thank you!

Want More? Ride the Current

This morning, gratitude rules.  Thanks to Deepak for day 2 of another 21 day guided meditation.  When we stop to really focus in all we have, we immediately have so much more…and the more we have, the more we can share!

In the book,  The 7 Laws of Spiritual Success, Chopra expands on the Law of Giving and how it relates to aiding in finding “a sense of well-being, good health, fulfilling relationships, energy and enthusiasm for life,” (his words).  Chopra claims the law should actually be called the Law of Giving and Receiving, because of the way it works.

While protecting the privacy of my family, friends and students (because this is the internet, after-all) I will refrain from naming individuals, but the law unfolds naturally as a 96 year old student tells me that the reason she has lived so happily and healthfully is because her mom always taught her if she had 5 cents, she had enough to share half with someone who had none.  Another, most special friend, was filled with joy each and every time she shared some of her vacation cash with street musicians, keeping the flow of currency alive.  Currency.  The word alone evokes…well, a current. And I can never leave out the lessons I have learned from a friend who showers me with thoughtfulness daily…or a student who brings me one lottery ticket every day just in case it’s THE ONE.  I am grateful to all these special people and hope they know how much they have taught me….and I hope you all know who you are!

For relationships are NO different than money.  There must be a constant flow of up and down, back and forth and of course, give and take.   Money aside, there is so much we can give to others.   Often, money is scarce and hard to part with.  (Though not according the mom who taught about the nickel!)  There is always something simple that can be shared…a single flower, a beautiful handwritten note of appreciation, a smile, a compliment, acknowledgement, acceptance, etc.

Deepak suggests if you want joy, you give joy…if you want love, you give love…if you want to be appreciated, learn to appreciate and if you want affluence, share what you can.

One of the greatest joys Mitch and I have had this season has been celebrating  wonderful milestones and events with our loved one.  There has been so much to celebrate!  We have also been sharing the fruits of our labor, (mangoes and even a pineapple) and it has been so much fun to do!

Imagine a world where we all thought “what can I give to each person I see today?…”  There would be no room for war, hate, or intolerance.  Imagine.