What I think about when I think about 2020. 732 422 JOY IS NOT OPTIONAL

What I think about when I think about 2020.

I think about the 1.8 million lives lost worldwide to Covid. I think about the front line workers and supporting staff who have gone beyond the beyond to ensure our health and safety and the postal carriers who kept us in communication and in business They all risked their lives for our benefit. I think…

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“I hate yoga”, and other realizations that come and go like waves in the ocean. 1334 888 JOY IS NOT OPTIONAL

“I hate yoga”, and other realizations that come and go like waves in the ocean.

I woke up with a really odd feeling the other day. Yoga, the great sustainer, my love for her was gone. What happened? A pandemic happened and we all deal with stress in different ways. Stress begins with a psychological response to what the body perceives as life-threatening. In response, the adrenal glands secrete catecholamine…

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Overwhelmed? Meditate. 784 590 JOY IS NOT OPTIONAL

Overwhelmed? Meditate.

There are so many things we can do with our time. We family, work, workout, self-care. Sometimes I don’t know where to begin. I find myself wanting to throw in the towel, isolate, watch Netflix, as I am overwhelmed with what’s on my plate, and the “WHY” of these things on my plate no longer…

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6 Essential Ayurvedic Spices 1360 908 JOY IS NOT OPTIONAL

6 Essential Ayurvedic Spices

Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. Developed more than 3,000 years ago in India, it says that the health and wellness of the individual depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Going further, If your mind, body, and spirit are in harmony with the universe, you have…

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When you travel, there are things you must bring with you. Your medications, eyeglasses, passport, undies. But what about those things that make your travel life better? Go anywhere on the web, and you get a LOT of lists. Welcome to mine! Laundry Line. From the Ritz Carlton to the Ashram somehow, they always forget…

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Three things that influence our Happiness 1000 1376 JOY IS NOT OPTIONAL

Three things that influence our Happiness

I grew up in an environment where SERVICE  was part of our daily lives. As a kid, I loathed it and didn’t understand it.  Putting on my costume to go dance somewhere across Chicagoland in the Polish Dance Troupe my parents organized, I would go begrudgingly and with a lot of attitude. “Its Saturday, why…

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Why Travel? 978 456 JOY IS NOT OPTIONAL

Why Travel?

THE TIME HAS COME The reasons why people love to travel is varied and personal. Want to learn something new? Travel. Want to gain perspective on your everyday life? Travel somewhere and see your eyes open wide. New experiences await you when you venture out of your daily. You may try something different and exciting,…

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Listen 1000 652 JOY IS NOT OPTIONAL


Here we go yo, here we go yo. So what so what so what’s the scenario? – A Tribe Called Quest I started this year without a list. I didn’t know what I wanted to focus on at the stroke of midnight and the beginning of a new calendar year. It was a change of…

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How To Give 1000 750 JOY IS NOT OPTIONAL

How To Give

To stay elastic, bend and give seems like a given if you have an asana practice. Physically we are stretching ourselves, molding our bodies into shapes that our day to day lives never entertain.  We GIVE ourselves over to the physical practice.  As we cultivate a deeper understanding of what it is to be a…

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Season Of Change 1000 532 JOY IS NOT OPTIONAL

Season Of Change

Nothing stays the same. Absolutely nothing is in a state of stasis.  Always moving and shifting  we are forever in change.  Sometimes the changes are greeted with great happiness, in others not so much. How do we change our relationship to change?  How do we lean into things that we are not that keen on? Heraclitus…

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