Look at that sky. Look at that snow. Look at the stream of moving water running through the ice.
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.
Thanksgiving could be my most favorite holiday; cool temperatures outdoors, crackling fireplaces, the sweet smells of delicious foods and the love of family togetherness. I am always reminded of just how lucky I am each Thanksgiving, and the poem shared below is a constant reminder of attitude and the role that it plays in conscious daily living. I’m hoping that you too will find great meaning in its message and share it with those that you hold close during this most special time of year.
May your Thanksgiving be filled with love, happiness, gratitude and Centerpeace! Be Thankful
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.
It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your life’s blessings.
I’m thankful for all of you.
May your Thanksgiving be filled with love, laughter and Centerpeace.
A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee…
You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as when one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see.”
“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.
Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft.
The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.
Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, “What does it mean, mother?”
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently.
The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.
The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.
However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
“Which are you?” she asked her daughter. When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg,or a coffee bean?”
Think of this: Which am I?
Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?
Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level?
How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
While walking through Bridgehampton this past weekend, after taking an amazing class at Exhale….I came across this beautiful tag. That’s right, a tag. I was looking for something to buy in the store just to own the tag, when it dawned on me to photograph the tag so I could share it with all of you. Something as simple as a tag summarized so beautifully the essence of living life to the fullest. I truly believe in these words and do my best to live each day mindfully knowing that our time on this earth is limited.
And yes, that night, I did order dessert…..Soak up the heat of summer, drink lots of water and breathe in the season of slowing down!
Here’s to more Centerpeace!
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!
This is one of my favorite videos. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
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!
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.
Ahhhhh the flower so soothing to the eye as we focus on the blossom’s opening. Did you notice the strength of the stem and how it supports and nourishes the flower to grow???……I was reading an article written by Gary Ryan Blaire-known as “the goals guy”. One of his principles which is congruent with the Centerpeace philosophy is “your mind will absorb and ultimately reflect whatever it gets repeatedly exposed to.” Friends, let’s pay close attention to the materials we read, the photos we look at, the music we listen to, the movies we watch and expose our children to….and most importantly the friends we spend time with. All of these shape our minds. Expose yourself to what is beautiful, noble, right and pure. Enjoy great foods, great writing, great music and great people. These personal practices really guide the way to a life of Centerpeace. Many thanks to MaryAnn Bayer, for sharing your photo of nature’s strength and beauty. I miss you!