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Peace, Love and Soul in 2012!

2 Jan

LOVE this picture! Washing away 2011 and seeing 2012 so vividly. Ready to begin 2012 anew and resume my passions and share myself through blogging once again. I had a period of writers block, busyness and just burn out. I stopped blogging and felt bad about it but had no real energy to continue. I’M BACK, and excited to be back in 2012. I’m leaving 2011 behind.

I wouldn’t wash all of 2011 away. I did have some great moments and the good out weighed the bad. These few weeks of holidays and vacations really culminated the year in a wonderful way for me. My family was around; there was no school, no traveling for work (my hubby does this A LOT ), and I felt the peace, love and soul in my life.

Peace I am at peace with where I am in many areas of my life. Emotionally, physically (need to hit it hard in 2012), spiritually (growing and studying and delving deeper into my walk with God and in prayer), and in my relationships. Not that I have “arrived”, I have work to do, however I am at peace with where I am.

Love – Having my three boys and hubby around so much has made me appreciate them and love them being a part of my life so much. Not seeing my Mom and sister and family on the West coast makes my heart grow even fonder for them. I love my family and the life they have given me. My love for life and experiences and people really fill me with such joy.

Soul – I love the quote by C.S. Lewis that says (paraphrasing) you are a soul who has a body! I am going to take care of this vessel; this vessel houses a wonderful soul and I am thankful for it and thankful for being able to share my soul with others. I am thankful for the souls of others and am blessed to be able to share life with so many wonderful friends and family members. I am going to do my part to help others take care of their bodies too; so their souls can thrive.

I hope you have some peace, love and soul experiences in 2012 too!

Happy New Year!

Fall is Here – Wordless Wednesday

2 Nov

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. -Albert Camus

Breathe

15 Oct

This week was good. I taught three different yoga classes…well four actually. I realized how much I LOVE yoga and miss taking it and teaching it more often. I teach it just once a week right now. What I enjoyed most was just taking the time to breathe. There is a need for me to do more…I need to breathe.
I was reading an article, in my Yoga Journal magazine, about how powerful breath can be. It cleanses us, restores us and has the power to heal. What was most interesting in this article was an analogy. The writer said that like the wind, breath is invisible yet imagine how the wind moves trees. Imagine how powerful the wind is. An invisible force, like our breath…it is is invisible yet powerful. Powerful enough to calm us down. Powerful enough take us from anger to stillness. From a rapid heartbeat to a slower steady heart rate.

I personally was having a rough week and breathing each day with my classes helped me put things into perspective. I was alive, I was able to feel all of the emotions yet still stay relaxed and calm for the time being. It was the power of my breath.

My goal this weekend and next week is to find my breathe and use it when the stress of the weekly schedule comes up. When the duties of the day begin to envelop me. When the household responsibilities take up all of my personal time..I will find my personal time when I breath. Despite anything that happens I can find the time to inhale in deep, long breaths and exhale it all out. I love to breath, it is my life force. Thank God for breath!

“Smile,breathe and go slowly”  -Thich Nhat Hanh

Wordless Wednesday Day -Moment of Grace- Love

12 Oct

An outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace

Just Dance – love/peace/soul

6 Oct

Every Thursday I teach a Latin Fusion class. I LOVE my class. We have a BLAST every week. Me and usually 50-60+ students are grooving away.

Me on stage teaching a class

I have been teaching this particular class for about four years now. I love listening and choosing the music, I love choreographing the dances, and I love dancing.

That’s it! I LOVE TO DANCE. I have been dancing all of my life. Started out as a ballet dancer as a 5 year old and went on to college to dance, now I do it as an adult. It has always been the essence of who I am. No matter how tired I am, I get in there and something just takes over and I am a dancing machine. I forget about anything else going on and I am moving and grooving, yelling, throwing my hands up in the air and just going for it. It is such a relief.  I forget I am a wife, mother of three with dishes to do, laundry, housecleaning, errands, bills, pick-ups, practices, the list goes on and on. I forget that sadness of those who died, and the ails of  our country and world. I embrace the thing that connects all life music and dance.

What makes it even better is that I sweat like crazy and burn at least 500 calories each week. How sweet is that. Right afterwards I teach yoga and that completely calms me down. I just love Thursdays.

Me, in the center with my mic on, with some of my great students in the class

What do you like to do to relieve stress? Have you danced lately?

Family Travels – Peace

4 Oct

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I am very weary from traveling from Atlanta to Ohio within 24 hours. Although I have had little sleep, I am pleased. Today we laid to rest my grandmother. She was 98 years old!

We were not close but I had a wonderful season with her in my youth. She had an incredible laugh and a beautiful spirit. Admittedly, I was VERY apprehensive to drop everything and go but my hubby and Mom encouraged me to go. I was even happier to come because my sister came with me.

There is nothing like sister time. Living away from family is hard and any time spent together is blessed. So we are here in the airport about to depart, tired, exhausted and happy. We met family we never knew and reconnected with family we hadn’t seen in 20 years or so.

Olga Washington Persons Martinez (maiden name, married surname, at 80 surname!) was in her right mind until she was 93! I wasn’t close to her but I love her for being her, for giving me a life to look forward to. I workout so I can live long and stay in my right mind too.

We said goodbye to our past. We looked out and planned our future while we traveled in total weariness.