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Take a Cooling Breath

June 25, 2017

“Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.” ~ Walt Whitman Summer has arrived, and with it our first summer heat wave.  In honor of these longest days, full of sun and warmth, I thought I would share a simple yogic breathing technique that helps to release excess heat.  Called Sheetali Pranayama […]

A Moon by Any Name

June 10, 2017

“Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”  ~Buddha Jupiter’s four largest moons (it has 64 total), discovered by Galileo in 1610,  are named Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.  How unique and romantic each name sounds.  Our own moon, on the other hand, is simply called “The Moon”, an egotism […]

Interesting Times

May 22, 2017

“There is a Chinese curse which says, ‘May he live in interesting times.’  Like it or not, we live in interesting times.  They are the times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also the most creative of any time in the history of mankind.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy The Chinese curse referenced by Robert […]

Walls vs Windmills

April 24, 2017

“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” ~ Chinese Proverb Lately, it has seemed, at times, as if we are moving backwards.  However, like the planet Mercury’s infamous retrograde dance across our sky, appearances of reverse motion can sometimes be an illusion, based on our limited earthly perspective.  […]

Encouraging Signs

March 27, 2017

“I learned most, not from those who taught me but from those who talked with me.” ~ St. Augustine Numerous recent studies have shown the benefits of learning a second language, such as building good multitasking skills, helping prevent dementia, strengthening memory, sharpening observation and improving decision making. Before you sigh, tell yourself you don’t […]

Art of Silence

March 12, 2017

“Nowadays, most men lead lives of noisy desperation.” ~ James Thurber The quote above is from a short story written by humorist James Thurber in 1956.  His statement was a play on the famous quote by Henry David Thoreau, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” I can’t help but think how welcome […]

The Golden Door

February 13, 2017

“What does love look like?  It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” ~ St. Augustine One of my […]

How to Roar

February 4, 2017

“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I’m not going to shut up.” ~ Madeleine Albright Just like your body requires a good stretch before starting the day, it’s also important to wake up your face.  Whether you are preparing to pray, to protest, to […]

Transmutable

January 25, 2017

“The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke   A dear family member passed away at the beginning of last week, an especially difficult tragedy to handle during a time when current events were anything but trivial.  Strangely though, the upheaval and uncertainty […]

All Together Now

January 12, 2017

“The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines.” ~ Charles Kuralt There is an Italian saying, “L’unione fa la forza,” the literal translation being, “Union makes strength” or, to echo a recent sentiment, “Stronger together”.  It is a common idea: that there is strength […]