Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Contentment

Classes today were based on the second Niyama, Santosha, contentment.  How do you find contentment, be here, now and practice gratitude.    Most of the students had spent eight hours today in therapy for trauma.  It is important after a day like that, they understand how much they need to express gratitude.

During breath work, the asanas and savasana I encouraged them to think of one thing to be grateful for and to be here now.

Teaching with this sinus stuff is tough, maybe by morning it will loosen its grip on me.

Tomorrow practice kindness and gratitude, there will be joy and contentment.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Manic Monday

There is some sort of sinus crud making the rounds and it has found me.  My head feels like a squash.
Almost every student at work has the sinus or bronchial stuff, at least it's not the flu.  This has been the longest Monday I have had in a very long time.

Card painting is done, first batch was mailed today.  I do have a few ornaments to paint, but now I concentrate on decorating the house and getting the tree in this weekend.  This weekend we will go see our nephew James and his whole family in The Nutcracker.  This is something like their 4th year to be in our local production.

I love Christmas music, at Christmas time, and I have a great collection of cds.  For some reason our cd player has died and I am really missing my music.  It's just not the same without the music.
Radio plays the same 10 songs over and over.  We have a very varied and unique collection of Christmas music so I am sorta of having withdrawals.  Maybe Santa will bring me a new cd player.

Tomorrow is a special election here in Alabama.  I am holding my breath and hoping that our state will  restore its dignity and take a giant step forward and not decades back.

Remember to spread some kindness along with the Christmas cheer.







Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunday Drain

This is another weekend that has zipped by.  Last year we had no invites or events other than family for the months of November/December now we are jammed.  First batch of Christmas cards go out tomorrow.  By the weekend the tree and the inside of house should be decorated.  Jordan and Rick handled the outside this afternoon. 

It is so wonderful to have winter weather.  The cooler temps ( daytime highs in 40's/50's) have been so invigorating and the blue skies, wow.  I actually have worn a coat for the first time in a couple of years.  Can you feel the excitement in my words?

I am kinda tired tonight.  We did a run to Costco today, as well as the usual Sunday stuff like washing yoga blankets.  Here's to a Monday that is full of kindness and joy. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Until Next Time

We drove to Tuscaloosa today to watch Jordan and our great-niece Breeze swim. The roads were clear but the woods that lined the Interstate were still snow covered.  We had a great day, other than an incident with my car but it worked out fine thanks to the kindness of a stranger.

Yesterday it seemed the world would be covered in snow forever.  This evening, it is pretty much gone.
I know that those of you north and east and west of us have snow that does last forever and must think I am crazy as I go on and on about the white stuff.  I love it.  I love winter clothing.  I love boots and sweaters and scarfs and mittens.  I love hot soothing soups and bare trees. 
I love the cold dark winter nights and the blazing sunsets.  And the snow, is just the frosting on the cake.  We get it so rarely that I cherish every flake that falls.

Tonight I share one final show picture, until next time. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Snow Magic

Back in October, Jordan and Rick and I did a weather experiment with persimmon seeds.  Jordan's prediction using folk lore about the seeds...we would have a cold winter, with three snows.
Last night when we went to bed the local weather guys were warning everyone to the south and east of us to watch for snow.  They said we might get a light dusting.  We got three inches.  Two more snows to go and Jordan will be a professional.

I love snow.  I love the cold.  There is something about snowfall that changes the world, from darkness and anger to light and peace.  Snow is magic.  Samantha kept Jordan home from school today and I am so glad.  We have had an incredible day.  I wish our other nieces and nephews had brought their kids over to enjoy it with us.  We started the day with waffles and hot coco.

Before I went to bed last night, I set my intentions for today.  Again tonight, I will do a daily review and set my intentions for tomorrow.  Will keep you posted.

Spread kindness and joy tomorrow, don't be stingy with it.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Review/Intention

I watched a podcast today that just blew me away.  It was one that Oprah did with Mariel Hemingway on ApplePodcasts.com/Oprah.    It inspired the handout that I gave to my students today.
Here is the handout that I composed, I hope you watch the podcast.


Daily Review: ( each evening)
Was I kind?  Did I accomplish what I wanted to do?
Did I do something healthy?  Was I grateful?
Did I spend time outdoors?  Did I laugh?  Did I tell someone I loved them?
Did I remember to be here, now?
Did I pause before speaking?
Did I breathe?
Was I honest with myself and others?

Now before you go to sleep tonight, set your intention for the next day.  See your day going smoothly, things being accomplished, people being kind.  What ever you need for the next day, breathe, visualize it and then give yourself permission to get a good night’s sleep. (this was inspired by Mariel Hemingway’s interview with Oprah)


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

100 Years

100 years ago today, my mother was born.  She grew up in the midst of the depression, living on a red clay farm in the hills of Alabama.  She married young, way too young, hoping to escape the poverty of her family.  She was a child having children.  Before she was 20, she had buried her first born and was a single mom with three sons and a daughter.

By the time World War II had started she had married my dad and started a new life.  My mom had grit.  She did what it took to survive and made sure that her kids had grit too.  We all knew how to garden, clean and cook.  When I was 15 she signed a work permit so that I could work weekends and after school.  I have been working ever since.  Mother's favorite saying, " you can rest when you die."

She passed away 12 years ago.  I miss her every day.  She taught me to cook, to sew, to draw.  She had amazing style on a tight budget.
She was beautiful, olive skin, dark coco eyes and dark hair.
One of my friends told me that she was always amazed at the love she felt in my mom's kitchen.
This is one of my favorite picture of her.  She is holding my oldest brother ( her second born) Herbert.  She loved to tell the story of how so many people would brag about what a pretty baby Herbert was that she became scared someone would try to kidnap him.  Each time they went out, she pinned him to her coat.  Herbert died suddenly just a couple of months after momma did.
I like to think they are pinned together for eternity.

Mother loved Christmas.  We shopped together.  I helped her decorate her tree, wrap her packages and send out her Christmas cards.  We had so much fun hitting the malls, the dollar stores, we shopped everywhere.

So tonight, Happy Birthday momma, I know you are somewhere laughing.  I hope they are playing your favorite Christmas song, Silver Bells and you are wearing your high heels.