Hangover honey…

My beehive has been fully pollinating as of late and the honeycomb was in full effect recently; transitions of all sorts, adjustments and the hustle of life for this analog girl in a digital world pushed me to my outer limits.  Yes, spring has sprung and the busyness factor can be overwhelming to say the least, but let’s put it in perspective.  We go against our natural energy to complete these tasks, responsibilities, some of which may be a vision or goal. So rock on, take it to the limit!  By now, if you have read along, you must realize my idea of slowing us down some lives, because many times, certainly, you might ask yourself, what is the purpose of this rush, is it the hangover part we are striving for?  Hmmmm … or shall I just buzz around. More

Receive, restore

One of the greatest gifts we have is receiving, why is it at times difficult to receive compliments, gestures or kindness from others?  When you arrive at the place where you are able to accept words that make your day, acknowledge acts that open your heart and experience once in lifetime moments, an untouchable force will allow you to live each day fuller, to heal, to love and to remember self. More

Entering the uncomfort zone

What is your level of tolerance for discomfort?  Do you know? Or do you ignore the signs and live with it everyday without recognizing it?  Is it out of habit?  Many people live in pain when they can step outside of it, while some think that suffering is the only way to live because it makes others happy.  Or does it?  We become comfortable in situations that do not deliver full potential or daily joy.  Sometimes we stay in these circumstances for a lifetime.  Sometimes we think it is the only way to survive because we refuse to live outside of our comfort zone. More

Make It Personal

Making life personal is what colors our world, awakens spirit, and brings us home.

In the typical day of hustle bustle, the idea of personal connection may at times dissipate.  Most humans have the need to connect with others, but have difficulty due to various elements including identity, culture, persona, fear, language, timing… the list is endless.  The distinctive instant of making a moment personal will generate a series of emotions that can fluctuate on the scale of positively fabulous or sadly disheartening.  The middle ground may be where most land. More

Forgiveness

There are so many things that happen in our lives that make us feel as though we may have been able to do them differently.  Forgiveness is among the elite in this list of areas that we might change.  At times, we are presented with a challenge that perpetuates a decision that we allow to make us feel inadequate, careless, or simply dim.

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Giving Back

Ordinary moments are extraordinary opportunities for random acts of kindness.

The art of giving back is a natural reflex for me.  My first photographic memory of the act took place at Logan International Airport in Boston back in the seventies.  My father was involved in many organizations at the time and, as a small business owner himself, was quite involved in various civic engagements.  The fit was inevitably soothing to him and truly a calling, for he was loved and well received by an abundant populace.  And so, on that spring day in Boston, my father drove me into the airport with hundreds of Hershey bars.  We were welcoming Vietnamese immigrants, and I had the privilege of handing each child a chocolate bar.  I remember the honor, feeling that this was a job I could take on that made me feel great, welcoming others to a new space.  At the time, my eight-year young self was so happy to be a part of my father’s magnificence in taking on such a task.  Little did I know the unfolding that would take place as decades rolled on. More

Play that Record

Do you have a song in your life that, no matter how many times you play it, you never get tired of listening to it? It is such a gift to be stimulated by the chemistry of music. Music is forever powerful in our lives if we allow it. As an endless lover of Motown artists, I am often listening to old records, which I might add, were a part of my collection since my record player was well used most days. Nowadays, they can be found on my iPod, because the only thing we can count on is change.

I was unquestionably drawn to the songs expressing emotions, thought, connection, and love.  Some of my favorite songs were written by the lead member of the CommodoresLionel Richie, an amazing and gifted composer, singer, songwriter, musician. More

Fruits of Love…

There is something about produce that makes my heart sing, my soul fill, and my smile beam.  It is often the case that when I go to my favorite farmers market, local grocer or farm stand, I become enamored by, yes, produce! Often, the idea of getting there early to see the variety of apples and greens is therapeutic, soothing, and peaceful. Roaming the aisles brings on a sense of freedom that feeds creativity, encouragement, and love. Sharp senses are stimulated by the variety of colors, smells, and textures.  Many times, my family wonders about my ritual to mindfully wash and arrange fruit in different bowls and such in our home.  I cannot explain it completely, but the healing effects are emotive, and that is the beauty of it. More

Effortless Inspiration


It is amazing to me how we tend to miss a moment of inspiration.  One of the beauties of practicing yoga is the power of presence.  Practicing present day action is a gift for yogis of all traditions.  Nonetheless, in a moment of despair, anguish or disappointment we tend to sink.  If we are fortunate, someone who may mention a simple phrase surrounds us.  That person may be someone we see everyday, but more than likely it could be an acquaintance you see while running errands, taking care of your business or on the spur:  your librarian, your barista, your mechanic, the bus driver, an elderly person sitting on a bench or the musician playing in the square. More

Espresso Love


So yes, I must admit, my love of yoga is supplemented by my love of espresso.  There is no question that I could ever live without either.  I tried for a while not to drink mi cortadito (espresso with raw sugar, micro foam) or mi cafe con leche, (espresso with milk) but it just was not me.  So I chose to live authentically.  This is what I love, so why resist? Besides, Cuban girl does yoga, and the stereotype of this is hysterical within the confines of my own family.  Ommming all the way home. More

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