After a few very difficult weeks learning to navigate slowly and with a new awareness, I smiled to myself and knew this is often the journey for so many of us. Two steps forward, one step back. Being able to use whatever happens in your life and make it workable is actually the path itself.

We can choose to use everything that happens to us as the means for waking up. I came across the following quote by Pema Chodron that resonated strongly with me; “ To stay with the shakiness- to stay with a brokenness, with a rumbling stomach, with feelings of hopelessness and wanting to get revenge- that is the path of true awakening. Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic-this is the

When we decide and feel that we want certain people in our lives and we realize that our family members are our family members, at some point we have to come to peace with certain things.  Some things will not change.  Some behaviors will not change.  Some core things about people will never change - has to do with our natures, what we have learned along the way and the experiences we have had - both pleasurable and traumatic. 

Most of what we fret about in the big scheme of things is rather

Resistance in our lives takes many forms and comes up more frequently than I would like. All I can say is that it is in resistance that we remain stuck in the middle between what is what and what it will come to be.  

I’d like to share a recent experience and how I came to opening the floodgate of resistance. It is nothing extraordinary or life-changing - most of our days aren’t - just an awareness I lifted my heart to, that honored the way I felt and what my state of being was during a

I have the utmost pleasure to have some little ones in my life. I so enjoy my time with them.  They lift my heart. One day I spent some time with one six-year-old. We had an enchanting afternoon.  During our yoga class, we were on our backs stretching the leg up and back and she stopped and said something like: I don’t want to make you feel bad, but you’re kind of old so how can you lift your leg so high. My Mom can’t even do that. This made me think of two things: one, what do we teach our

Our heart and prayers will always be with Dee Dee, Pat Klein and their beautiful family. We cannot even begin to imagine your pain and nothing will ease the loss of Timmy who was called upon way too early. Your loss was felt throughout the entire city and country but here in the Rockaways time stood still and we fell apart hearing the terrible news. We grieve with you and pray you will lean onto us as we are here to support and hold space for you. There is nothing we wouldn’t do to ease your

The best laid plans often go astray and along the way we are forced to adjust accordingly. I know many of you have had to change plans in the last few years. As I write this column, I am recovering from a bad fall due to a basement flood where my husband and I were cleaning up a flowing river. I slipped on the tile floor and broke my left wrist in a few places. Thankfully, I didn’t hit my head. All I could think of were the victims of the Ukraine War. How do they survive without the necessary

This column is taken from my dear colleague and friend, Jodi Heywood, who is a helper in our community. Many of you may already know Jodi from all her volunteer work in our community. She is also a meditation guide and has led workshops at Ocean Bliss Yoga for self -care and meditation. These are Jodi’s words on a special movie, Mission Joy, finding joy in difficult times. I am grateful to have her as a friend and neighbor. Thank you, Jodi!

“Grateful for joy! Last night’s screening of the

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