Greetings from Boston, Mass where the sleet and snow have finally taken a backseat to a moist and raw kind of cold. The kind that appears just before we spring forward. I am sure that old man winter still plans on trying his best to immerse us all in the doldrums of stagnation and inactivity. Of course, sometimes it is pleasurable to take a breather and to pause. To hole up in one's apartment, house or dorm. To hunker down inside avoiding all of the frosty weather.
Modern yoga has come to mean an exercise program that has health benefits, but that is not the original intent of yoga. As a yoga teacher, I would like to introduce you to some of the basic principles of yoga and the benefits of integrating them into our modern lives and also integrating our lives with nature. Many readers may already know that the word “yoga” derives from the word “yoke”, meaning to yoke the mind to the body, or connect mind and body to each other. Yoga is meant to be a way of life or a mindset, more than an exercise regime. The physical aspects of yoga were only one piece of a puzzle that is a yogic life. In the ancient texts, yoga is called the 8-limbed path but don’t worry, I don’t intend to cover them all here.
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As I begin to write they show me an image of a white sheet hanging from a clothesline. The first thing I want to know is how do I interpret this image? Is it a ghost, a message of surrender, or the antithesis of airing your dirty laundry in public (a white wash)? Perhaps it is spirit dancing in front of my eyes? Whatever your take away from this image I do get the sense the Universe is showing a symbol or sign for us to air things out and get a fresh energy moving through our life now.
Today we have the option to open our mind to greater insights or get buried in deep plots or paranoia as we navigate between intuition and flashes of brilliance. It will be easy to over think a situation if we let ourselves go there. The best use of today’s energy is looking for alternative methods or surprising answers that come from the most unexpected encounters with our human spirit guides.
By Suzanne Ducharme, MS CCC-SLP
Parenting is by its very nature, complex. It is Complicated, a long exercise in sleep deprived analysis paralysis… what if I make a wrong choice? What if my child has an issue? What if I suck at this parenting thing? Will I know how to help when my child needs it? What will my mother say about my parenting? And what about my mother in law?
As a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist with almost 25 years of experience working with all kinds of children and families, I have seen my share of parenting styles, learning styles, and interaction styles. I have guided families through some of their greatest victories and their most painful moments. I have observed the beautiful miracle that is a child connecting with their mother and father through their first words. I have learned a lot about what makes parents feel successful and connected in their role as mom or dad.
By Gale Barton
In our daily journey we are co creating our reality. We are designing our futures, our relationships and our destiny. Our thoughts can get in the way of creating inner and outer peace. We set the tone for the pace we travel through our reality. Throughout my personal journey I have achieved an awareness and collected information that has helped me to create, design, and manifest the most amazing interior spaces and experiences. I am intuitive, an artist, a designer and I have designed a most amazing life. Life is my canvas. I would like to ignite your passion and potential, creating a life full of beauty and fulfillment.
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As I prepare to write this week’s Flash I hear “why are you so poor in your rich life”? Today is that kind of day where we can easily see our values based on the level of appreciation for what we have or are given. Are we impressed or not impressed with this rich life? How do we measure our worth relative to what we have gathered around us? What is our currency du jour… stuff, money, friendships, adventures we make or take? Whatever way you answer I have only question to ask today, what is enough?