JoyThere are many reasons to feel anxious, distressed, upset, confused in this world we are in today. As a salve to smooth over the bumps, I suggest you remind yourself of what brings you joy. Find the good in life. Let's have a look:What brings me joy? Having someone look in my eyes and give me a warm hugFinding beautiful mushrooms in the woodsMaking food for my wonderful sonsBright sunshine against a bluebird skyPetting a furry friendSmelling something yummy baking in the ovenJumping into bed on a cool night and wrapping up in flannel sheets and a good readListening to an owl hooting in my backyard on a dark nightMoving my body - stretching, sweating, reaching a bit further than my comfort zoneGrowing and enjoying beautiful flowersConnecting with the women in my lifeFreedom that our veterans have sacrificed to allow us to enjoy - Thank you to all who served our countryNow friends, take a minute, close your eyes, and think of what brings you joy. Taking a few minutes to be mind…
I recently learned about a new book called So This Is the End: A Love Story by Alexandra Franzen. The central question of the book is: "If you had just 24 hours to live, what would you do with your time?" I love this question! I made a list of some of the things I would definitely do with #MyFinal24 hours.
Here's my list:
Love my sweetheart S, verbally, physically, in written words I have time with my son to tell him how much I love him and have him take me on a boat ride on the lake. I call my other son and we have video chat so that I can tell him how much I love him and we talk and hang out online. I call my brothers and sister and say goodbye. I call my girlfriends and tell them I love them and say goodbye. Write a note to B saying goodbye. Make a wonderful meal and eat with L and S, then go for a lovely walk around the pond. Hug, kiss, cry Make a list of my things I want to give to others.
October is bringing colorful leaves on the trees here in Vermont. The rainbow of reds, oranges, yellows, and green make me grateful for the beauty around me. I find it important this time of year to get outside and take time in nature. The days are getting shorter and the light is shifting.
(Photo by Leslie Noble)
Have you noticed how it is darker in the mornings and sunset is coming a bit sooner when you get home at the end of the day?
Taking time for a short walk can do wonders for your spirit. Pay attention to the world around you as you walk and take in the beauty of the season. Breath deeply and fill your lungs with air.
Keeping life simple and enjoying the things right in front of us is one way to find peace and love. Namaste,JeanMy wish for you today is health in your body, peace in your mind and love in your heart.If you know someone who would enjoy reading these Lovenotes, share this link. SIGN UP FOR Jean's Yoga for all Lovenotes Email here.
Oh Very Young by Cat StevensOh very young what will you leave us this timeThere'll never be a better chance to change your mindAnd if you want this world to see a better dayWill you carry the words of love with youWill you ride the great white bird into heavenAnd though you want to last foreverYou know you never will… Saying goodbye is hard. Do you have a hard time saying goodbye? I do. Sometimes I almost would rather not even say goodbye but just move along and know that we will meet again sometime in the future. Recently, my friend Steve’s dog of 14 years had more and more trouble with breathing and hip problems that caused her pain. It was so hard to see Callie in such distress. She has been such a sweet and zen natured dog. It was with great thought, respect for her quality of life and love that the decision was made to put her down. It is the hardest choice a pet owner has to make. How do you willingly let a member of the family go? With compassion and love. That is how. Yo…
Lovenotes RETURN!! September 2018 Dear Yogi friends,I was asked today by a friend, what happened to Love Notes?! It has been a while since I have sent these. I admit that I drifted! I have been doing a lot of travel, working and thinking. It has been fun. My writing shifted off tech. No computer. Yes, that’s right….I still wrote over the summer but it has involved paper, markers, gel pens, magazine collage and little tokens of my day to day life - tickets, all collected in a notebook that is fun to go back and look at. Neat little reminders of the summer days past. And through it all I have been aware, breathing, living, loving, and now I realize I miss connecting with you, my yoga friend! I took the summer off from teaching yoga classes with the exception of just a few specialty workshops. I did yoga on the beach. I did yoga at a few new studios. I hugged Redwood trees. I hiked. I biked. It felt good to shake it up. Try new things. Do more things outside. Now let’s talk about …