On Time, With Purpose

I received a wonderful massage yesterday and after in our conversation as we closed the session my therapist and friend said to me, "on time, on purpose, with purpose".  I don't recall what I said first and I didn't catch what she said at first so I had her repeat it.  When she did I thought how fitting, how simple, how true and how profound.  For me it requires trust to know that regardless of my time table or whether…

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5 Healthy Habits in Pregnancy

1. Drink Plenty of Water- It is possible to drink too much water. How do you know? When you are thirsty, choose water, and keep it simple. Too little may cause dehydration, headaches and muscle cramps. 2. Breath- Find time in your day to notice your breath. In the shower, at red lights, waiting in line, in times of emotional discomfort or when you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Follow your breath. Inhale (through your nose) into your belly, out…

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Yoga vs Religion

Yoga is not a religion.  The practice of yoga has it's roots in India and it shares some commonalities with Hinduism as well as many other world religions, but it is not a religion.  Yoga is a methodology, a system of practices that heighten the practitioners self awareness, connection with life (people, animals, the earth and life force-the breath) and connection with God.  The practices of yoga include moral and ethical guidelines (yamas) which lay a foundation for how to…

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Be Yourself, Be Different

I have been reminded more than once recently, through church sermons, my yoga practice and in recreational readings, of the importance of being true to ourselves.  God created each of us to a unique purpose, with unique gifts, talents and interests to serve one another for the greater good of the whole.  How often do we talk harshly to ourselves, reminding ourselves of our faults, flaws and mistakes?  How often do we compare ourselves to others, hoping to change to…

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