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Heart of Gratitude!

Generally my blog is recipe bound or spiritually based.  This one is a little different.
It’s about me.  Next month marks five years since I was diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma.
For those of you who did not know – yes, in my medial right thigh.  A small freckle that grew like an octopus down through my muscle.
It was excised, surrounding hip lymph nodes removed and I am stronger today because I had cancer.  I’m a better person, a better wife and mother. A better friend, teacher and runner.  And not a day goes by where I don’t thank God for my mind’s strength and my body’s health.  My leg sings to me daily and I’ve spent five years trying to find the right recipe for settling the aggravated nerves around the incision cite.  There is no recipe; rather my ache serves as a daily reminder of just how fortunate I am to be living.  I push through and have bought stock in Ben Gay.  Now you know why the studio smells like menthol often.
Doctors say you need five years clear to diminish your chances for recurrence.
I’m here….Five years!
Clean! Strong! Healthy and filled with gratitude.

With love,

Stephanie

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Invigorating Winter Fun! Go For It!!!

Look at that sky. Look at that snow. Look at the stream of moving water running through the ice.

Breathtaking!

This photo was taken during my first snowshoe expedition along the golf course at Mount Kisco Country Club. Wow, what great winter fun. Through the laughter of my friends and the sounds of crackling snow it was an afternoon of great memories as we lifted our feet through snow and ice.

Let me tell you, it was harder than I thought it would be, especially uphill!

For those of you with snowshoes, look for large open spaces where you can walk for hours and savor Mother Nature’s winter with friends outdoors.

Here’s to many more moments of Centerpeace! Thank you Paula, Karen, Sande, Amy and Jane for my new shoes!! I can’t wait to wear them again and again.

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365 Gathered Truths

A while back a beautiful wood box arrived at my door from a dear friend. On the outside of the box it was labeled, “365 Gathered Truths.”
Inside were 365 individual cards, one for each day of the year,
with a message or quote inscribed.  This simple box filled with magical messages makes me
smile every morning.  These mindful, brillantly written thoughts send me into the world with in a positive mindset each day.

Recently, I read a message that stuck with me and continues to therefore I’m sharing it with you.
It’s thought provoking and each time I go back to re-read it, it’s even more profound.

Written by Jo Coudert
“Of all the people you will know in a lifetime,
you are the only one you will never leave or lose.
To the question of your life,
You are the only answer.
To the problems of your life,
You are the only solution.”

Make each day count my friends and let’s be the change we wish to see in the world.
Have a peaceful day!

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Happy New Year!

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving:
To reach Centerpeace, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail….
and not drift, nor lie at anchor.   I wish you a New Year filled with self exploration and growth.
Take time to elevate you.  Let go of the clutter that surrounds you, limiting your vision of what is truly
important in your life.  As you create this new space, your loved ones will hold greater value.  

Empower their presence, filling your life with precious moments.  Time is sacred.  Tomorrow is a gift, not a promise. Make it count.  I look forward to seeing you in class with energy,strength and desire as we continue our journey towards Centerpeace.  Happy New Year!

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Happy Thanksgiving From My Family to Yours…

Wishing you love and laughter today and always……
Stephanie

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Remarkable Endurance, Stamina and Strength!!!

marathon photoThis post is personal and one I am thrilled to share with all of you……
I am proud to say that tomorrow marks my husband Scott Spiegel’s third marathon
after months of disciplined training following a rigorous program and never deviating from the schedule….
Well, honey-it’s time!!!! Enjoy every mile connecting mind and body throughout.
Soak up all the energy from the strength that will surround you from Staten Island all the way into Central Park. I’ll be waiting at the finish line with love, tears of joy and awwwwwww of your tremendous athletic endeavor.
Also, best wishes to my brother in law, Lee, whose strength is unstoppable. And my friend Karen Berkey, who runs with her heart mile after mile. Go runners!!!!!! Listen for my cheers, I’ll be there!

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Engage in all that surrounds you….

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Engage in all that surrounds you.
Outside, take in all the colors of this fall season.
In class, engage in the hour;
fully commit your physicality to the task.
Your core, your quads, your glutes, your arms, hands and feet and — most importantly — your posture.
Sometimes, we find that it’s easiest to be a wallflower; to wait for someone else to engage us….
Sometimes we find it’s easier to “just be” rather than put effort into the situation.
Newton’s First Law states that an item at rest will most easily remain at rest until acted upon by another force.
This week I ask you to be that Force.  Rock your common state.  Engage someone, something — encourage a change within yourself.  And as the spectacular leaves begin to fall, take deep breaths and fill your life with Centerpeace.

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