I love drinking tea. It’s always been my “happy place” even when things around me are crazy. Even when I teach a hot yoga class I will sip hot tea.
I have this nice green mug with a mesh basket for loose-leaf tea and a lid to steep the leaves. Things can get a little hectic after I teach class chatting with students so last week I just threw the basket (with the steeped leaves) back into my mug and put the lid on it. And forgot about it. Until yesterday.
Yesterday I thought, “ah, what a good day for a nice cup of tea!” So I pulled my teacup off the shelf, took the lid off and…
Discovered a whole new ecosystem.
We are taught many things in our life that we automatically accept as truth. We are taught that if we work hard/buy a house/make a ton of money/raise a family/drive a hybrid car/etc. etc. that the effect of that particular action will make us happy.
All you have to do is watch any show on celebrities to know HAVING does not equal happiness. They look so good on paper: they have a wonderful house, children, a well paying job, respect and fame in their industry, the ability to travel all over the world, so you’d think they’d be set to live happily ever after. But how often do we hear about their mental breakdowns, drug addictions, extramarital affairs, miserable children, and lawsuit happy acquaintances?
Sounds like any regular human being but even more complicated. And publicized.
So if it’s not the acquisition of STUFF that will make us happy, what will? Continue reading
Today I fell out of a yoga posture.
That in and of itself is not a huge statement so let me give you some background.
I’m scared of falling on my head. Continue reading
The last of the Christmas cookies have been gobbled, trees are starting to find their fate curbside, and couch cushions have started to mold themselves to the shape of our backsides. Right around the corner is a New Year, promising new beginnings, new resolutions, a new YOU.
Right behind it is reality. Continue reading
I was on vacation once with a friend in Seattle. We rented a car, parked downtown, and walked around for the day. When it came time to go back to our hotel room, we both looked at each other and simultaneously asked, “Where is the car parked?” Continue reading
Everyday we are bombarded with all sorts of propaganda and messages trying to tell us what we need. We need face creams to look younger, we need money to feel sexy, we need to own a house to be a good parent, we need brand name clothes to feel like we fit in. We need, we need, we need…but do we really? Continue reading
…it’s how you do it.
This is a really simple phrase that may help you not only survive, but perhaps actually enjoy, the upcoming holidays. Continue reading
I use my cell phone as my alarm clock in the morning. In the past, it has gotten me into trouble when I’ve forgotten to charge it overnight (whoops!) but I’ve finally gotten it down to a science. My phone has this cool feature where the alarm first starts off as a vibrate. Then it turns into a vibrate and a gentle ringing sound. With each successive ring the alarm gets louder and louder until it is at full blast which I have been able to hear from outside of my apartment. Most days I wake when the ring is just starting to pick up volume. Other days I have actually snoozed in my sleep and then woken up after the ringer has already picked up full steam.
We use alarms for a lot of things in our life: to wake up up in the morning, to tell us when our food has been warmed up in the microwave, to let us know if we haven’t buckled our seatbelt/left our door open/left our keys in the car ignition, to let us know when someone is calling us/texting us/emailing us/updating their status on facebook…that being said, even though we have so many alarms, we don’t always choose to pay attention to the task they have been designed to help us with. Continue reading
This week the east coast had an unpleasant encounter with Sandy. In some areas she was a bit irritating and inconvenient. In other areas she was downright devastating. The storm gave me a lot of time indoors and a lot of time to think about the things in my life that are really important. Continue reading
I was given a cactus for my birthday this year. Actually, to be technical, it is a Euphorbia Pinto. She is over 3 feet tall, variegated, and covered in spikes. I named her Phoebe. She is supposed to be the easiest to care for plant you can give a person.
I’ve managed to put her in the ICU. Continue reading