Yesterday I found myself sitting, slumped on a steamy hot subway bench, wearing too many layers, staring downwards, expressionless at the dirty, brown platform tiles. It was a few days after Thanksgiving and I was tired after walking all over Manhattan. I’d finished my book and my phone was dead and the station was eerily quiet with no trains and no announcements and a steadily increasing crush of resigned commuters.

The minutes passed by. My brain chugged along the lines of hot, tired, thirsty, nothing to do but wait, resignation, irritation, getting really annoyed now… 

 And suddenly I remembered to smile. I’d been reading a passage the previous evening from Buddha’s Book of Meditation by Joseph Emet, a Dharma teacher trained by the

One morning recently this thought came to me from a very simple experience: find THE joy in THE moment.  Why the “thes” are capitalized is because it is in pausing for THE moment is how to discover THE joy.  When we’re hurriedly doing, communicating, exploring, seeking, there is no way we can feel an uplifting experience. 

During this Thanksgiving time, perhaps we think about for what we are grateful.  It is great to do so now, and, even greater to bring it to daily life. A few years ago, I

“Abundance is not something we acquire, it is something we tune in to.”   - Wayne Dyer

Abundance is a state of being within. It is not defined by what we have but by who we are. My inner self is sometimes forgiving, sometimes accepting, most of the time loving, most of the time peaceful, half of the time non-judgmental, most of the time giving, most of the time patient, some of the time understanding. How do you feel your inner self? How do you get in tune to that place of who you are as a

For most of us, much has changed since Sandy. We became stronger as a community, supporting one another with the cleanup and everything else that needed to be done to return to our homes and businesses.  Unfortunately, there are still some who are not in their homes.

At the time of Sandy, I was running Ocean Bliss Yoga out of Mrs. Elaine’s Dance Studio.  We had a beautiful community and were growing day by day simply by word of mouth. Within two months after Sandy, we were able to open our

Stillness is something that does not always feel natural. Our minds and bodies are accustomed to having daily checklists so we can always be ahead of the game. More times than not, there is nothing we should be trying to get ahead of. Appreciating the extra time of quietness and calmness is so important around this time of year. It is the calm before the holiday craziness. Our bodies are trying to reconnect to our brains from daylight savings time. The act of noticing how you can be still is a

Often, we are so busy thinking about our next thing to do on the to-do list that we miss being present with what we are doing right now. It can be the smallest task such as drying your dishes or chopping your vegetables. Are you multi-tasking and preparing the next thing to do in your mind? Can you just be where you are? Nothing more, nothing less.

Many years back, when I was younger, I would go to Brooklyn Sports Club, it was called Starrett City back then. I would first start out in the

Finally, it almost feels like the season is turning and all at once it is darker and cooler and busier.  All at once.  I have one foot in summer and one foot in what lies ahead. That is probably why my “balance” is a little off and neither here nor there.  So, I just move forward and don’t linger on the what is not happening and why and, and, and because we have change and flow all around, sometimes in big ways like changes of the seasons.  And I say to myself that I will soon resume my

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