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Pockets of Peace

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Oh, it feels so good to be back here!  It has been a whirlwind of amazing opportunities and activities.  I am in the final stages of becoming an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist,  (so excited about this and will post more about this soon), I’m also in the final stages of making a Yoga DVD for Multiple Sclerosis, as well as enjoying all the wonderful yoga classes I’m teaching.  I feel so blessed.  With all this activity underway and the continued life as a mother,  I needed to be  resourceful in finding ways to care for myself without which none of the aforementioned work could happen.  I would arrive early for work and have a few minutes to read or walk through a nearby park, as the weather got nice, I would go to our Conservatory’s beautiful outdoor areas and eat my freshly made salad in a jar, nurturing my body and soul before heading off to nurture others with my Urban Zen tools.  I realized I had “pockets of peace”,  these were breaks in between work and clinicals in which I spent time alone and often outdoors.  These “pockets of peace” really seemed to refresh me and help me stay grounded and present for the rest of my day.  I encourage you, if you feel you are too busy to find time for yourself, to look for “pockets of peace”,  time to be outdoors,  take in a good book, meditate,  breathe and just be.

“Only when one is connected to one’s own core is one connected to others, I am beginning to discover.  And for me, the core, the inner spring, can best be refound through solitude.”   Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Quiet and Alone Time

Something new and wonderful happened to me this year, I learned to enjoy my alone time!   I love to be with people and truly enjoy talking with people, this is how I get energy.  I have previously found it difficult to be alone, always making phone calls to connect with people when I found myself alone at home.  I personally felt a little rejected when I was alone.  This year marked the first year that both my children were in school all day which left me with 6 hours in which no one was home.  I am teaching yoga quite a bit so I am with people during these times, however, when I would come home for lunch or have time in the morning I truly savored the quiet.  I never turned on the television and would sit at the kitchen window while eating and enjoy the beautiful nature surrounding me.  During these quiet times I could become aware of my breath and feel grounded and content.   Now that summer vacation is upon me, I am a little mournful that I will have a lot less of this blissful alone time.  I know that in order for me to stay grounded and calm I will need to increase my meditation practice and who knows, maybe I can get my children to enjoy some quiet, contemplative time.

Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day – like writing a poem or saying a prayer.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh