Friday Morning Musings

Aug 13, 2021

Offer kindness

“It’s your life – but only if you make it so.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

I believe in the magic of FRIDAY THE 13TH. Each one reminds me that it’s often the smallest moments that I enjoy most.

Choices make me happy – just for fun repeat this one word over and over as quick as you can: choices choices choices choices choices:)

Changing subjects…here is a story from the book 7 @Compendium that I received from my sister last year. See if you can relate to this apple story:

Most of the time, we barely look at an apple we are eating. We grab it, take a bite, chew quickly, and swallow.

In his inspiring book, SAVOR, Thich Nhat Hanh describes a simple “apple meditation” to remind us how to approach and appreciate every experience in a more mindful way.

The next time you eat an apple…hold onto it for a moment and ask yourself a few questions.

What kind of apple is it?
What color is it?
How does it feel in your hand?
What does it smell like?

Give the apple a smile and slowly take a bite.

What does it taste like?

Truly savor all the qualities the apple is offering you: its sweetness, aroma, freshness, juiciness, crispness.

There is nothing else filling your mind as you chew – no projects, no deadlines, no worries, no to-do lists, no fears, no sorrows, no anger, no past, no future. Just this apple.

In this way you appreciate the apple as it is. You become fully aware of eating the apple, and you become fully engaged in the here and now.

Inhabit your moments

By living in the moment you become more alive. If you savor the apple, you can savor your life.

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Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. ~ Golda Meir

SEPTEMBER CLASSES:

T’ai Chi Chih, moving meditation: launches Tuesday September 7th at 12:30PM via Zoom. This 4 week Series is designed for beginners like you who want to relieve pain and stress, improve balance and strengthen your immune system. T’ai Chi Chih’s gentle movements release stress by relaxing and rejuvenating the body while refreshing the mind. We’ll meet Tuesday September 7-28 from 12:30-1:30PM. Series fee $75

Students share: “What I like the most is you can do as much or as little as you are physically or mentally able to without judgment. And it works! My balance is so much better…Joan gives good Zen!..you smile a great deal and gain knowledge and wisdom at the same time.”

Jump Start with Joan, quiet the mind & strengthen the body: launches Wednesday September 8th at 9AM via Zoom. This 15 minute 4 week energy healing Qigong Series helps you relax, get centered, loosen tense muscles, strengthen the spine and elevate our energy. We’ll meet Wednesday September 8-29 from 9:00-9:15AM. Series fee $40

Students share: “I love those simple yet powerful moves you taught us..it was surprising how intense (in a good way) it was for my body in its healing process…I am so grateful for that moment of calm and focus…that was a great way to start the morning.”

If either Series sounds fun, just reply to this email…all righty that’s it for now…take good care & hope you can stay cool this weekend!