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A Mindful Moment

What will best serve me right now?

As we enter into winter and towards a new year, there is so much uncertainty about how things will unfold.  In the midst of all this - how are you feeling? Are you feeing settled into a routine or unbalanced by 'what ifs'?  As for me, as much as I try to keep moving forward, despite the fact that we are always uncertain - I have been finding it more challenging to sit with what is, not knowing what's to come.  So, I keep reminding myself of a teaching - that at every moment, we can only decide what to do with what is in front of us at that very moment.
Speaking of uncertainty - I have to admit that hitting the 'send' button on that first email I sent, was not easy, I had no idea what to expect in response.  What I found was that it was SO worth it! I felt so much care from your responses. I loved hearing about what you are doing to care for yourself, what you are learning, what you'd like to share with others. 
I am looking forward to staying connected with you.
😊
As promised, I made a word cloud with all the ideas everyone shared with me on how we can take care of ourselves during these unsettling times.  Maybe you will get some new ideas from this - or just keep it as a reminder that there are options to maybe try something new.
When you are stuck in a moment of reactivity or indecision or of not knowing how to move forward - it may help to pause and ask yourself:
What will best serve me right now? 
A moment for inspiration:

"Think of yourself as having set out on a long journey through terrain never before explored.  You come to a mountain and climb to its very peak.  The view is fantastic, and the chill in the air is exhilarating. Extraordinary though it is, eventually you push on and continue the journey.  The trail takes you up other peaks, down into desert valleys, through swamplands and forests.  Each place you come to is unique, and it is all to be explored. But this is only possible if you travel light, without attachment to what has gone before, without comparing, and without giving up. Faith means trusting the unfolding process of our lives.  It is a willingness to let go of fears and attachments, and open ourselves to the unknown in each new moment."

- From Seeking the Heart of Wisdom 
by Joseph Goldstein & Jack Kornfield
I hope you enjoy this mindful moment!
BE INSPIRED
I'd love to hear from you - what's inspiring you? If you have a moment, send me a reply to let me know, I would love to share your ideas in another word cloud next month 😊

In the meantime, I want to share some of the wonderful inspirations and ideas that you shared with me, and some things I have been watching and reading.  
  • My dear friend Ambika let me know about her quarantine activity of writing travel books for kids! How inspiring!! If your interested, you can check them out here at:  Green Feet Guides
  • My piano teacher, Angel, from San Francisco shared her self-care ritual of making Dave's magic powder that her friend Dave taught her.  Here's the recipe: combine 40% turmeric, 20% garlic, 20% ginger, 20% cinnamon, and some black pepper.  Angel loves sprinkling it on warm toast in the morning - I plan to try it tomorrow 😋 BTW, you can see Angel in my short film: What I'm Hearing in My Head 
  • Speaking of films, I had the opportunity to screen the film Motherload by Liz Canning - a thought provoking film about how cargo bikes may be just what we need for both personal and global health.  I recommend checking it out if you have a chance.
  • I really appreciate Rick Hanson's Newsletter: Just One Thing.  Check out this posting on finding your way.
BE AWARE
In case you have been wondering, what is all of this mindfulness hype about anyway?

I am offering a 30-minute weekly mindfulness practice (on Zoom), on Tuesdays at 8 PM (EST).  The sessions are free and everyone is welcome.  If you are interested in joining, see the details
here or reply to this email to let me know, and I'll send you the link and details!

If you find it hard to get to sleep, here's an 8-minute body scan that may help.
BE STRONG
I am so grateful for my yoga practice - it helps me feel strong when I feel really uncertain, more balanced when I am faced with chaos, and flexible, when I really feel stuck to my ideas.  I would love to work with you to develop your yoga practice. We can work with on strength, flexibility and balance - not only on the mat, but also on how to apply these practices to your life. Reach out and let me know if you'd like to join a yoga series at the start of the new year, and the times that work best for you.
Practices to Live Your Most Inspired Life
With Love, Asha
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