Saturday, December 30, 2017

18 Hopes, Dreams, Aspirations

If you had all that you needed, money was no object, and time was abundant, what would you do in 2018?  There is something about writing it down that creates the window of opportunity.

Here are my Hopes, Dreams, and Aspirations...

  1. I would write a book.  I would tell my story and how yoga has made such a tremendous difference in self-acceptance, body image, and movement.
  2. I would travel more with my husband.  Owning your own small business is a 24 hour commitment 7 days a week.  In order to be gone for a day, I prepare at least one to two weeks ahead of time, hire subs, prepare the studio, find someone to clean the studio and do the daily bookkeeping, laundry, etc.  Occasionally, having to cancel a class due to a family emergency makes me feel awful, and I always want to be as punctual and prepared for the people I serve.  I love my Tranquility business, but traveling would be a new adventure.
  3. I would go back to Kripalu.  It is no secret that I have treasured my yoga training there; and the atmosphere is such a blessing to me for quiet reflection, healthy eating, and learning more about what I love.
  4. I would see my grandchildren at least once a month. Even though some of them live far away.  All 8 of them bring me such joy!
  5. I would accomplish my dream of becoming a yoga therapist.  Some people imagine that the attainment of this great aspiration would make my life complete, but I will continue to learn, grow, and study.  When you work with helping to heal people's bodies, you can never know enough about it.  I am very appreciative of Everyone Yoga School in Tulsa and the opportunity to learn, grow, and serve.
  6. I would laugh more and worry less.  Laughter is very healing, and worry or anxiety is very damaging.  I am at the age and stage of life where more laughter seems like a better way to live, and anxiety has overstayed its welcome.
  7. I would read more.  Now, this seems almost impossible seeing that I am already a voracious reader, but reading brings such pleasure.
  8. I would walk in nature more often.  There is something so therapeutic about being outside, and I treasure the time I have with the quieting and listening aspect of long walks without an agenda.
  9. I would go shopping with my daughter.  She loves to shop, and I do not.  But being with her is such a blessing in my life.  She shops, and I relish the time together.
  10. I would go out for coffee with my sons.  Just listen and listen time. Sharing from the heart space.
  11. I would learn to quilt.  I used to sew and loved my creativity.  There is something so special about a normal day in which one uses the right side of the brain for making something out of spare parts.  I used to say as a school teacher that when I do not grade papers any more, I would quilt.  It is time.
  12. I would find the time to stroll the beach front, the lake front, or the creek.  Water has been such a healing for me since I was a small child.  My parents used to put me in my "Da's" boat to get me to sleep.  The gentle movement of water lulls me into a peaceful state.
  13. I would eat better, weigh less, and exercise more.  Because you can never do that too much.  Especially if it is your hobby.
  14. I would spend less time on the computer, the television, and the phone.  It robs us of quality time with our loved ones and friends.
  15. I would meditate and pray more.  It adds years to your life and breath to your body.
  16. I would sleep better.  I would not feel anxious about not sleeping.  I would be able to take a nap or rest for hours.  If you have never struggled with insomnia, it is difficult to understand this issue; if you have, enough said.
  17. I would realize that my last 60 years have been a road map of God's grace and mercy; thus, letting go of the shame, blame, and embarrassment of whatever and wherever.  The next 40 years will be so much better if I can only let it go.  Each day it is my goal to embrace the present and release the past.
  18. I would love my husband, children, grandchildren, and friends more.  Because you can never love enough.
Take some time and journal your 18 aspirations.  Self-reflection is a powerful tool for awareness and appreciation.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Mercy Comes from Mindfulness

God uses mercy, humility, and kindness to teach us to live from our hearts instead of just our ego-centric thoughts.  Whatever you are currently going through, this opportunity is for growth.  Change the way you look at "failure," and you will change the way you see your life.  You live in a body, earth suit, you have a fluctuating soul, mind, emotions, and you will always be a spirit.
Relationship issues involve two parts.  Your part and someone else's part.  You can only "grow" in mercy, humility, and kindness on your end.  The other person must also grow for healing to take place.
Let go of the past, the mistakes, the drama, the sadness, and embrace the people that you are traveling with...sometimes someone steps off the train of life unexpectedly, and you do not have the opportunity to make things right between you.
Peace is the most important thing, not who was right and who was wrong.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Survey Says...

Each year, Brian and I send out a survey to ask you how we are doing, what we could add, and interesting ideas of improvement.

Here is what we discovered:
  • Later afternoon class at 5:00 pm instead of 4:30 pm
  • You liked our specials
  • Spin class on Tuesday mornings at 8:00 am 
  • You liked our classes
  • The Hot Yoga on Friday nights was a hit!
  • You enjoyed Jeanne's teaching
  • The Early Morning Sun Rise Yoga was inspirational at 6:00 am
  • You wanted more yoga for beginner or gentle and moderate level practices
  • The low cost kept many of you coming
  • You thought our Spin classes in the morning should only be 30 minutes with 30 minutes of yoga following
  • The welcome at the door, help with parking in the evening, and cleanliness of the studio were wonderful
  • You liked the difficulty of the power classes
  • The scholarships for students who could not afford to pay was a blessing
  • You wanted more Yoga Therapy classes like the 9:30 am class on T/TH
  • Tracy is a terrific Spin Instructor
  • You appreciated the quality of our Restorative classes with Christine, Beth Ann, Beverly, and Debbie
  • The timing was just right on the length of the class
  • You enjoyed the practices and loved yoga variety.
Unfortunately, some of you did not receive the survey.  It had three questions...
  1. What are your favorite classes and why?
  2. What are your favorite times and why?
  3. How can we serve you better?
It is not too late to respond to the survey answers.  Jessica Freeman won the drawing for essential oils and a diffuser necklace.
Thanks again for your answers!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

61 Prayers for 61 Days

Many people never realize the blessings available to them because they are thinking about their own or someone else's mistakes.   61 prayers/petitions can make a huge difference in our daily life.  Choose one and change your thoughts.
Daily Confessions and Prayers from Psalms and Proverbs                              

1.    “Thank You, Lord, for listening and heeding me when I call to You.” Psalm 4:3
2.       “Thank You, God, that I can take refuge in You, and I can trust You.  Thank You for making a covering over me and for defending me.”  Psalm 5:11
3.       “God, I thank You for hearing my supplication and receiving my prayer.”  Psalm 6:9
4.       “I will praise You, God, with all my heart, and I will tell people about the wonderful things You have done for me.  I will choose to rejoice in You and be in high spirits.”  Psalm 9:1,2
5.       “Lord God, I declare that You are my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer.  You are my keen and firm Strength, my Shield, the Horn of my Salvation, and my High Tower!”  Psalm 18:2
6.       “Lord God, I know that Your Way is perfect; Your Word is tested and tried!”  Psalm 18:30
7.       “God, I pray that You would show me Your Ways and teach me Your Paths, I am asking You to guide me in Your faithfulness.  You are my Salvation, and I am waiting expectantly on You.”  Psalm 25:4,5
8.       “Lord, You are my Strength and my impenetrable Shield.  My heart trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on You.”  Psalm 28:7
9.       “Thank You, God, that Your anger lasts for only a moment, but Your Favor lasts for a lifetime.  Thank You that weeping endures for only a night and that joy comes in the morning.”  Psalm 30:5
10.   “God, I declare Your Word is right and that all Your work is done in faithfulness.”  Psalm 33:4
11.   “Thank You, Lord, that Your Mercy and Loving-kindness extend to the skies and Your Faithfulness to the clouds, Your righteousness is like the mountains, and Your Judgments are like the sea.”  Psalm 36:5,6
12.   “I declare, Lord God, that the fountain of Life is with You.  In Your Light, I see light.”  Psalm 36:9
13.   “God, all of my hope and my expectation are in You.”  Psalm 39:7
14.   “Lord God, I delight to do Your Will.”  Psalm 40:8
15.   “God, I send Your Light and Your Truth, and let them lead me.  Let them bring me into Your Presence.”  Psalm 43:3
16.   “Lord, You are not only God, but You are my God.”  Psalm 50:7
17.   “Lord God, I will thank You and confide in You forever because You have delivered me and kept me safe.  I will wait on, hope in, and expect in Your Name because it is good.”  Psalm 52:9
18.   “Thank You, God, for being my Helper and my Ally.”  Psalm 54:4
19.   “God, I thank You that You have redeemed my life from the battles that are against me.”  Psalm 55:18
20.   “Lord God, I will release the weight of my burdens and cast them on You, knowing that You will sustain me.  I declare, God, that You will not allow the righteous to be moved.”  Psalm 55:22
21.   “Thank You, God, for always meeting me with Mercy and Steadfast Love.”  Psalm 59:10
22.   “Lord God, through You, I will do valiantly.”  Psalm 60:12
23.   “God, I am trusting in, leaning on, and relying on You; trusting You at all times.  You are a Fortress and a High Tower for me!”  Psalm 62:8
24.   “I bless You, Lord, because You have not rejected my prayer or removed Your Mercy and Loving-kindness from me.”  Psalm 66:20
25.   “Thank You, God, for bearing my burdens and carrying me day by day.  To me, You are a God of Deliverance and Salvation.”  Psalm 68:19,20
26.   “Lord God, I am seeking You, inquiring of You, requiring You as my vital need and rejoicing in You.  I love Your Salvation, and I will say continually, “Let God be magnified!” Psalm 70:4
27.   “God, I will hope in You continually, I will praise You more and more.”  Psalm 71:14
28.   “Lord God, I know that You give what is good.  Righteousness goes before You, and You leave Your footprints to show me where to walk.”  Psalm 85:12, 13
29.   “Teach me Your Way, Lord, that I may walk and live in Your Truth.  Direct and unite my heart to fear and honor Your Name.”  Psalm 86:11
30.   “Lord God, I will sing of Your Mercies and Loving-kindness forever.  I will tell others of Your Faithfulness from generation to generation.”  Psalm 89:1
31.   “Lord, teach me to number my days, that I may develop a heart of wisdom.”  Psalm 90:12
32.   “God, let Your beauty and favor be upon me.  Confirm and establish the work of my hands.”  Psalm 90:17
33.   “Lord God, when there are a multitude of anxious thoughts within me, Your Comforts cheer and delight my soul.”  Psalm 94:19
34.   “Thank You, God, for lighting the pathway for those who are uncompromisingly righteous and for giving irrepressible JOY to those who are upright in heart.”  Psalm 97:11
35.   “Lord, I will behave wisely, and I will pay attention to Your blameless Way.  I will walk within my house in integrity and with a blameless heart.”  Psalm 101:2
36.   “Lord God, I am Your servant, and I declare that my children shall dwell safely and that their children shall be established before You.”  Psalm 102:28
37.   “Lord, I declare that because I fear, respect, and worship You, prosperity and welfare will be in my house!”  Psalm 112:3
38.   “God, I focus on Your Mercy and Loving-kindness.  I encourage myself with the knowledge that God is with me.”  Psalm 118:4
39.   “Lord, I pray that You would open my spiritual eyes so that I can have revelation of the Wonderful Things in Your Word.”  Psalm 119:18
40.   “God, I declare that my Help comes from You.  You will not allow my foot to slip.  You do not slumber or sleep, but You are always watching over and keeping me.  You are the Shade on my right hand.  You will keep me from all evil.  You will keep my life and watch over my going out and my coming in.”  Psalm 121:2-8
41.   “Lord, I wait for You, and in Your Word, I do hope.”  Psalm 130:5
42.   “Thank You, Lord, that Your Hand is strong, and Your Arm is outstretched towards me.”  Psalm 136:12
43.   “Lord God, I declare that You will perfect, refine, and improve that which concerns me.”  Psalm 138:8
44.   “Thank You, God, for dealing bountifully with me.”  Psalm 142:7
45.   “God, I am happy because my Help and my Hope are in You!”  Psalm 146:5
46.   “Lord God, I pray that You will help me to be wise.  Help me to hear and increase in learning, to acquire skill, and to attain to sound counsel so that I may steer my course rightly.”  Proverbs 1:5
47.   “Thank You, Lord, for giving me skillful and godly Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding.”  Proverbs 2:6
48.   “Lord God, I lean on, trust in, and am confident in You with all my heart and mind.  I do not rely on my own insight or understanding.  In all my ways, I know, recognize, and acknowledge You.  Thank You for directing me and making straight and plain the path I should walk.”  Proverbs 3:5,6
49.   “Thank You, Lord God, that blessings are on the heads of the uncompromisingly righteous, and that I am in right standing with You through Your Son.”  Proverbs 10:6
50.   “Help me, Lord, to speak wisely, because wise words will preserve me.”  Proverbs 14:3
51.   “Thank You, God, for making me upright and giving me Your Favor.”  Proverbs 14:9
52.   “Thank You, God, that I have Strong Confidence in You, as I hold you in fear and reverence.  In You, I will always have a Place of Refuge.”  Proverbs 14:26
53.   “Thank You, Lord, that as I roll my works on You and trust You, You will cause my thoughts to agree with Your Will and make my plans succeed in Your Time.”  Proverbs 16:3
54.   “God, I declare that Your Name is a Strong Tower.  I can run into Your Name and be safe.”  Proverbs 18:10
55.   “Thank You, Lord, that Your purpose for me will stand.”  Proverbs 19:21
56.   “Lord God, I wait expectantly for You.  I know that You will rescue me.”  Proverbs 20:22
57.   “God, I declare that no human wisdom can prevail against You.  Deliverance and victory come You alone.”  Proverbs 21:30, 31
58.   “Lord, help me to rise again.  Even if I fall seven times, I will rise again.”  Proverbs 24:16
59.   “God, help me to be as bold as a lion.  I know I can be all that You planned for me to be, I can do all that You want for me to do, and I can become all You designed for me to become.”  Proverbs 28:1
60.   “God, every Word of Yours, is tried and purified.  You are a Shield to me because I trust in You.”  Proverbs 30:5
61.   “Thank You, God, that all my children rise up and call me blessed, happy, fortunate, and to be envied.  Help me to open my mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom.  May Loving-kindness be the rule of my tongue as I give counsel and instruction.  Help me to look well to how things go in my household and not eat the bread of gossip, discontent, or idleness.”  Proverbs 31:26, 27, 28
Created from The Amplified Bible, Joyce Meyer’s writings, and some of my scribblings.   

Monday, December 4, 2017

Eat Right - at the Best Time, in the Best Atmosphere, to Create the Best Digestion

When we are stressed, we eat too fast.
When we are lonely, we eat too much.
When we are busy, we eat standing up.
When we are driving, we should never eat.
When we are arguing, we need to put down our fork.
When do we?  Overeating can be an issue for all of us during the holidays.
Here is a great article with Ayurvedic Principles for eating from

25 Ayurvedic Principles for Eating Right

Now that we clearly understand some eating mistakes that we could be committing as well as Ayurveda's recommendations for eating right, let's have a look at the Ayurvedic principles for eating right:
  • Eat only when you're hungry.
  • Avoid eating before Sunrise or after Sunset.
  • Consume your heaviest meal when the Sun is at its peak - lunch.
  • Never eat while you're facing South. East should be preferred.
  • Wash your face, hands and legs before a meal. Make sure the utensils are also clean.
  • If you eat after Sunset, avoid sour foods.
  • Meditate briefly before you eat the food to raise the energy.
  • Eat and drink only while you're sitting.
  • Eat only when the right nostril is free and open, drink only when the left nostril is functioning without blockage.
  • Prefer freshly cooked food to one that is processed.
  • Don't eat anything that you don't like. Your mind and body will not be happy or satiated.
  • Don't eat anything that is too hot or too cold. Everything should be of moderate temperature.
  • Never mix temperatures of food. Don't have something hot and cold at the same time.
  • Don't talk or laugh while eating. Focus on eating more than anything else.
  • Don't drink water after finishing a meal. Preferably, have water about half-an-hour before a meal. You are allowed to sip water while having your meal to aid digestion.
  • Don't eat too fast or too slow.
  • Don't snack between meals. You should drink lukewarm water when you have a craving.
  • Over-greasy food is not good, neither is food that's too dry.
  • Wash your face, hands and legs after the meal as well.
  • Don't sleep or lie down within two hours of having a meal. It's bad for digestion.
  • Don't do anything that requires a lot of physical or mental effort right after a meal.
  • You can urinate right after eating, but try not to defecate for a few hours after a meal.
  • Don't take tea half-an-hour before or after a meal.
  • Make sure the meal during or after Sunset is not very heavy.
  • Try to laugh after a meal - it promotes digestion.

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