Monday, December 29, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
A thought on attachment, that little inconvenience that keeps us from seeing and accepting the truth. Attachment plagues us in many ways including: expectations of what others should do (as if they are psychic), the ensuing disappointment that is a product of our maladaptive thoughts and demands, clinging to the anger that is produced, the sense of entitlement regarding what society and the world at large "owe" us, the inability to accept situations for what they are to be at peace with whatever is.
Let life happen, take it for a joyride!
Smile and sing really loudly or my favorite is to do "pirate talk" at the grocery store when I'm shopping with the kids. Just have fun and relax!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
I developed a mnemonic deice to remember them, so they are in a new order but none is more important than the next, it is LEFTYEE
Laughter and play are life's fountain of youth
Exercise and rest are essential for good health
Fear and pain are life's greatest teachers
Touch and intimacy are basic human needs
You are exactly where you should be in your life and in your practice
Everything is connected
Everything is impermanent
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Responsible for coding the yoga asanas in the Yoga Sutra ancient texts
Monday, December 15, 2008
2. I am completely taken aback at how much I have allowed myself to change and grow.
3. I am so absolutely thrilled at the prospect of the rest of my life being even better than it was because of this experience.
4. Really understanding and appreciating the impermanence of life is a gift, as one doesn't dare take a minute for granted.
5. It has been the most difficult endeavor I have ever embarked on and lived to tell about my journey.
6. I am really sad it is coming to an end, which really surprises me due to the fact that I really hated it for a while!
7. If my teacher had told me that I could/would be able to undergo such an amazing transformation in 12 weeks, I would have told him that "I didn't think so". Luckily I didn't limit myself and had no expectations.
8. I am happy I presented my teacher with a "tabla rasa" (blank slate) upon which to write his wisdom upon.
9. I am so eternally grateful for the friendships we forged during this experience. I am blessed and filled with joy to call these people my friends.
10. I am grateful for the equanimity I have developed and how it has helped me in so many ways (emotional stability, less impulsivity, more concentration and focus and a clearer and broader, more horizontal approach to daily life).
I feel so open and aware and quietly alert. I feel completely in control and have a new found ability to really stop and think before I act! Wow an old dog can learn new tricks!!
Thank you Mr. Kest, Jason and all the teachers who have inspired me and allowed me to attend, observe and assist with classes. Your shadows are tall and I humbly walk in them as I tread toward new experiences!
In Love and Light~
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I am exactly where I am supposed to be.
Meditation and breath control are real tools for self transformation.
I am truly blessed to be able to learn these and many other truths and to share them with others.
Concentration and focus are improved when one opens themselves to growth and introspection.
I am a small part of a large equation.
Calm mind and body are linked by calm breath.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Vegan Punpkin muffins:
preheat oven to 400 degrees
1/2 c oats pulverized in blender
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
1/2 c ground flaxseed
1/2 c coconut
1/3 c sugar
2t baking powder (rumford brand)
1/2 t salt
8 prunes and 1 c almond milk and one avacado pulverized in blender
1/3 c oil (expeller pressed if possible) I use sunflower, safflower, olive or canola.
3 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
2 t vanilla
1 15 oz can pureed pumpkin- not pumpkin pie filling
Optional crumb topping to be sprinkled over tops before baking4 T smart balance spread 6T flour1/2 t cinnamon 3 T sugar. Mix until crumbly.Mix all wet in 1bowl, mix all dry in another. Dump dry into wet, mix until just blended. Line muffin tin with liners, add a scoop in each . Makes 24 muffin. Bake 400 for 20 to 25 minutes.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Another thought provoking question from Mr. Kest!
Wow, what a question to answer! Who would ever want to know that they were going to die in a matter of a day? This question makes me a little sad for those who don’t have a chance to say goodbye to those that they love or who have not made right what they did wrong against another person before they die. I would spend my last 24 hours kissing and hugging my kids, my family and my friends. I would tell them how much I love them and how they all made me such a better person. I would not eat or sleep, but would take an opportunity to appreciate every last little nuance and special attributes of those that I love. I feel that every day is a gift and every second a new opportunity to share the goodness in my life. I would live my last 24 hours like I live my life now, to the fullest! I am blessed to appreciate the present and I would be present to the last minute. I would not lament on my impending death and waste time regretting what I did not do. This is a good thing to think about and to ask yourself what would you do? If one’s answer is radically different from what they are doing on a daily basis, they might want to rethink their choices in life.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
My thought of the day is actually a question:
Do you change your perception of a person once you actually get to know them, even if you prejudged them?
In this case he admitted that he thought I was stuck up (we attended the same meeting once). I was surprised to hear that because I didn't talk much. It goes to show you that it is dangerous to assume that you know anything about a person without getting to know them. He said he would have never thought that we could have had such a great conversation. I said "Why." Give people a chance to share themselves with you, then find the goodness in them.
In love and light~ Tricia
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
If your husband complains about how much money you spent on groceries, convienently run out of toilet tissue, and face tissues at the same time. Shrug your shoulders and say" but honey, I'm watching the grocery budget!";~
By Faiza Elmasry Washington30 October 2008
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Sharon Astyk is a stay-at-home mother of four children. Seven years ago, her family was barely getting by on her husband's salary as a teacher. They decided they could live better by simplifying their lives. As VOA's Faiza Elmasry tells us, the Astyks represent a small but growing number of Americans who are paring down and cutting back and, in doing so, finding financial relief and a measure of happiness.
Astyk says when she and her husband realized they were never going to be rich, they tried to figure out how to live as well as possible Sharon Astyk still remembers how difficult life was when she and her husband got married more than 10 years ago."We were graduate students living in Boston in the United States and living on a very low income by the standards of the city," she says. "We were used to getting by in the city on very little money. One of the things we began thinking about was how hard it was to afford to eat well when you were a low-income family. "We started saying, 'OK, we're never going to be rich.' My husband was a teacher. I was staying at home with our son. We started asking, 'How can we live as well as possible?'"
Moving to the countryside and growing most of their food was the answer They found the answer in leaving Boston and moving to rural upstate New York. "One of the ways we could do that was if we could consolidate our housing with our extended families," she says. "In the United States, this is not the norm the way it is in other parts of the world. Generally speaking, everyone has his household. Everybody lives separately. But my husband's grandparents were getting to a point where they could no longer manage things on their own. We bought a house with them in the country, and we cared for them until the end of their lives."
Family Strives For Simplicity by Producing Own Food, Sharing, Conserving
In her book Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front, Astyk explains how her family created a simpler lifestyleAstyk explains how her family created a simpler lifestyle in a new book, Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front."What we started doing was something that was quite normal in the U.S until maybe 50 years ago and is still normal in many parts of the world," she says. "We started producing more of our food. We started sharing resources with our family and bartering with our neighbors. We tried really hard to stay out of debt. That meant when we didn't have enough money to do things, we just didn't do them."That lifestyle, she notes, is a more environmentally friendly one."We only have one car for our family, which is unusual," she says. "That means when my husband has the car, I don't have one and I'm home with the kids. We just walk places or we bicycle or we don't go anywhere."
Green lifestyle can save the planet and make us richer, Astyk saysThe family also worked to reduce carbon emissions from their use of energy and other resources."We divided it up into seven categories: electricity, transport fuel, heating and cooling energy, consumer goods, water and others," she says. "And we've gotten to 80 percent reduction in every category. We're getting much and much closer to the use of energy that people in India or China are using right now." Recycling is another way the Astyks save money and resources."When something broke, we could say to our neighbors. 'Oh, do you have one? Can we borrow it?' And we could offer something in return to them," she says. "It was very simple to find sources of things that were being either thrown away or underused, or people were willing to share."
Environmentally Friendly Lifestyle Becoming More Affordable
Money expert David Bach says the key to money is not what you make, it's what you keepSuch an environmentally friendly lifestyle really does help people financially."The key to money is not what you make. It's what you keep," says David Bach, author of Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth. "When you go buy things today, one of the questions you should ask yourself is, 'How long will this last?'" he suggests. "Because so much of what we buy can last longer than we actually use it. My grandma used to use things forever. The longer you use things, the less money you spend. This is really an important time for Americans to do two things: simplify your life and save more."
Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth Bach says that over the years, the environmental lifestyle has become more affordable."For 10, 20 years it's always been if I want to buy something 'green' or organic, it costs more," he says. "It [doesn't] anymore. Today, because consumers are demanding green products, mainstream companies are coming out with these products and actually lowering the price because we're buying them."
As Financial Crisis Deepens, More Americans Scale Back
Growing numbers of people already have started to adopt a greener, simpler lifestyle, Astyk says.
"That's really wonderful, and [it's] not only in the U.S., but all over the world," she says."There is the Compact, which started in the United States on the West Coast, which has people buying only used things and leading a much simpler life. There is the Voluntary Simplicity Movement started by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robins that have million of members all over the world.
More people are interested in growing their own food, according to Astyk "There are really a lot of people who are trying to figure out how to live a decent life in a world that is shifting. I think as the costs of energy and food and other basic things have risen, there is more and more interest and more and more sense that not only might this be a good choice for reasons of pleasure or environmental reasons, but we may have to live like this. "As the financial crisis deepens here, I think Americans are going to live more like their grandparents or their great-grandparents, and there is a lot of interest in finding out how to do that."Astyk says living a simpler life has another benefit for her family, beyond the financial aspect. It's helped her children see how they can consume less, save more and create a more meaningful life.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Find some happiness today!
Love and Light~ Tricia
Monday, November 10, 2008
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Sunday, November 2, 2008
Yoga Dedication of Merit
May all beings have happiness and the cause of happiness. May all beings be free from Suffering and the cause of suffering. May all beings never be parted from freedom's true joy. May all beings dwell in equanimitity, free from attachment and aversion.
Friday, October 31, 2008
I am at the halfway point in the journey to my 200 hour RYT, I have been able to share what I learn with my friends in class and I am extremeny thankful for their willingness to open their lives to change.
Success and happiness are not achievable, they just become as a result of giving of oneself and asking for no favor in return. How can we help others and ourselves as well? Look for a way to give something back in an annonymous manner. Surprise someone who needs some uplifting.
Sometimes I feel like we live in a vaccum, separate lives barely connected by a brief hello and a wave. I call friends I haven't seen in a while who live far away, we catch up then we fade again. Life is full of ebbs and flows, like waves rolling and crashing. Take time to reach out, you'll be glad you did.
Love and Light~ Trish
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Today I went to Follow the Yogi in Birmingham at 6:15am with my study buddy Nikki. Yes folks, that's right the old nights owls got their tushies out of bed at 5 am for class! Keep in mind that we had a crazy hard class for 4 hours the night before, and didn't get to bed until 12am! I try to go at least once a week, but I'm going to go twice a week as much as possible. Now that all this info is "jelling" as Heather my classmate said, I feel really excited to go more as I'm "in the know" and not totally lost and confused. Then Nikki and I stayed for meditation and to observe a class taught by Jane. It was a great class, she has such a great style and voice. She told us to adjust people as needed and walk or stand. I loved it because I could change my angle of perceptions and views during the class ( I was seated during the other classes that I observed). A student thanked us for assisting and said the class likes it when "we" (teachers in training) are observing as they get more hands on attention. That was great to hear, as sometimes people may be like "AAH okay who are you." That's the great thing about taking this class at the Center, the students know that the teachers in training need to participate and observe and are supportive. I am really happy for the first time since September! It has been such a hard and frustrating process. As Friedrich Nietzsche said "That which does not kill me makes me stronger"! I can't agree more.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
We're on the 6th week of class and I think we're venturing into Vinyasa tonight. I finally feel caught up. Man's search for meaning from Victor Frankel is a really thought inducing book.
I have a question for you:
How can you change one aspect in your life that you view as negative?
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Your question may be what is your higheat aim and how does it relate to your current awareness building activities ie, religious studies, self help or awareness activies or goals and how your are achieving them.
Question #5, What is your highest aim and how does it relate to your yoga practice?
My highest aim is very simple but very difficult to achieve. It is simply to live in love. My view of humanity, society and the greater causes of our times have deteriorated to a shock fest of immorality, gluttony and excess. My greatest joy and my reason for living are to serve God. I know this is not possible if there is negativity and anger in my thought process. Living in love is my simple mantra to keep my thoughts clear, to trust, to love, to nurture, care for, share and be thankful for all of my blessings. Where there is great light, no darkness can overcome it. Love and light are goodness and peacefulness, freedom from fear and doubt. All ancient religions and philosophies have the same basic precepts that revolve around proper conduct. These basic rules lead to happiness and goodness because the person and society have the basis for a good life, free from drama, anger and negativity. My yoga practice has brought this realization to life for me. I no longer derive pleasure from shopping for stuff that I really don’t need, because none of it ever made me happy. Inner peace and tranquility make me happy. Yoga gives me the tools to tune into my inner goodness. My journey in life has and will have me meet and share experiences with many different people. I hope to leave everyone that I meet a little better off after our paths cross.
Living in love~ Tricia
Thursday, September 25, 2008
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Friday, September 19, 2008
1 cup frozen peas
2 spring onions
8 little gem lettuce leaves
1 T chopped chives
1 tsp coarse mustard (prepared)
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup grapeseed oil
Chop zucchini in pieces the same size as the peas, chop asparagus likewise. Boil water and blanch peas, zucchini, and asparagus. Boil on medium for 3 minutes. Remove from water and plunge into ice water. Drain. Mix oil, mustard and lemon juice add to all veggies and toss to coat. Salt to your taste.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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Peace love and light~ Tricia
Monday, September 8, 2008
My family was headed to A2 to get Alex some school shoes from Launch last Sunday. I ate a granola bar dipped in chocolate on the way there. I happened to look down at my seat and saw a chunk of melted chocolate on the seat near my leg. I wiped it up and forgot about it. My eerily correct gut instinct kicked in and caused me to think "what if there was more chocolate on the seat?" I lifted my right leg up and gasped as I looked at the back of my thigh. There was more chocolate, and it found it's way on the back of my kakhi shorts, a three inch long smear of chocolate. It looked like, oh I don't know maybe poop! Had it been on my knee, no biggie, but on the back of my leg! AHHH!!! I frantically searched the truck for a baby wipe, or anything to get it off. Nothing! I can't walk around Ann Arbor with a brown smear on the back of my leg ! Damn Then I remembered seeing a stain wipe I got at the Plymouth Green Fair in my little pocket of my purse. I got it out, praying that it would work. Amazingly, it did. All the chocolate came out instantly and it left no watermark. The wipe was so big and saturated with cleaners, I folded it back over and put it back in the pouch. I later used it again on Garrett's spaghetti stain like 4 days later. I am so happy to find something that really works! They are available at Better health for 2.69 for 5 or at Whole Foods 2.99. These are worth every penny!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
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PT is going well and my knee is coming along, although it still feels as if it's going to explode when I extend my knee straight. Yoga school is in one month and I am so excited I can hardly wait!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
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Love and Light! Namaste~Tricia
Sunday, July 13, 2008
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Pledge to buy and eat a new item from the grocery store. I LOVE kefir and would have never known until I tried it.
Go to the library and check out a magazine that you have never seen (photography, fishing, crafts, etc) enjoy learning something new.
Become more attentive to your family and pets. Surprise them with a special treat,and make them feel pampered when they have a hard day.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2008
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Thursday, June 5, 2008
*Select a firm, solid looking jicama, with no surface blemishes. about 12 ounces, if larger, slice it in half and cover with saran wrap. Don't refrigerate the jicama. Use the next day.
To serve 4 people,
Peel skin off and julienne jicama, about 4 or 5 cups is good
slice and dice 3 roma tomatoes , add to bowl
dress with 2T olive oil and 2T white balsamic vinegar (regular can be used but it darkens the jicama), sprinkle with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.
peel and slice one huge avocado, add to bowl and gently toss to coat.
serve promptly, don't refrigerate this, it ruins it. ENJOY!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Feel free to share this recipe, just give me credit as I developed the recipe.
I use all organic ingredients , or as much a possible, so I don't put "organic" in front of every item.
preheat oven to 375
In the bowl of a electric mixer, cream the following:
3/4 cup of sugar
1/4 c brown sugar
Sweet dairy whey can be used to substitute part of the sugar, it's from Bob's Red mill
1 stick of unsalted butter
1T vanilla, BUY the best you can afford...it is well worth it! Nielsen Massey is my favorite, although not organic, it is fabulous.
Stop mixer and scrape down sides then add:
1T almond extract, the best is Simply Organic..it smells so good I could wear it as perfume!~
mix well then add:
Please sift these together first:
1c oats that are pulverized in the blender
1 c whole oats
1 c All Purpose flour
1 c golden flax seed meal
1/2 c c raw wheat germ
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt ( I use sea salt or ground kosher)
mix until blended but not too much
add: 6 oz milk chocolate chips and 6 oz semi -sweet (each 6 oz portion is 1/2 a bag)
1/4 c white chocolate chips
1c chopped walnuts
1/2 c sliced almonds
Mix well and using large scoop,place 4 on a baking sheet and bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes
They weigh 4 ounces (4 inches across and an inch high) each and are nice and soft in the middle.
CRUCIAL step: do not over bake!! They should be golden brown and just set on top. They will be dry if over baked.
Enjoy! Share one with a friend!
Monday, June 2, 2008
The key is to be prepared. Don't allow yourself to be caught with nothing good to eat.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
You can buy quinoa in bulk at whole foods or in bags at health food stores. Measure the amount you need then put it in the pot and rinse it very well. I soak it for 2 minutes then rinse it 4 or 5 times to remove the saponins (form of soap)which make untasty to birds and bugs.
Amy B's recipe as follows:
Quinoa with peas and scallions
1 c. of quinoa (may sub brown rice)
1 c. of orange juice (I just use the sections of 3-4 oranges and squeeze the juice)
1 c. of chicken stock or water
2 t. ground cumin
1/2 t. of sea salt
2 t. olive oil
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 c. frozen peas thawed
3 scallions chopped
1/4 c. chopped basil
4 T. chopped cilantro
zest of 1 orange
Combine quinoa, oranges, stock, cumin and salt. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer cover till all the liquid is absorbed. 15-18 minutes for quinoa and 45-50 minutes for rice. Heat oil in a saute pan and saute garlic, peas and scallions for about 2 minutes. Add pea mixture to prepared quinoa. Add in basil, cilantro and zest. Serve warm or cold.
I usually double this recipe. Enjoy.
I changed the recipe to accommodate what I had on hand:
Quinoa with peas and scallions
2 c. of quinoa (may sub brown rice)
3 oranges peeled and cut into small sections
2c. of vegetable stock
2 t. ground cumin
1t Garam Masala (spice section)
1 t. of sea salt
4 t. olive oil
4 cloves of garlic minced
2 c. frozen peas thawed
6 scallions chopped
Combine quinoa, oranges, stock, cumin and salt. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, covered until all the liquid is absorbed. Heat oil in a saute pan and saute garlic, peas and scallions for about 2 minutes. Add pea mixture to prepared quinoa. Serve warm or cold.
I had a big bowl of this after class today and felt surprisingly full! Some fresh strawberries and a little bit of spinach chapati too.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Go outside and enjoy the beautiful day!!!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008
My Yoga practice has evolved into my own mini rejuvenating break from reality. It’s become a way to balance volunteering at school, play dates, kids soccer and football games and all the other things that consumed my time and left me feeling a little drained. I often tell others that you can only give as much as you have, then you begin to feel empty. Yoga fills me up, it allows me to focus on myself. I almost felt selfish at first, kind of like “ Am I doing something completely for myself?” Anyone who is a parent, caregiver, or busy professional can attest to the need to refill yourself, so you can continue to give. The positive beliefs that formed the practice of yoga are beautiful and inspiring. The focus on breath control gives one the ability to remain calm in a sea of turbulence. Richard Rosen, a well respected Yoga teacher and author writes about a journey to the land of Self. Yoga gives me the tools to take this journey and make the most of it. Namaste
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
We talked about sugar cravings after my 8:30 class today. I mentioned how I curbed my sugar cravings by taking Yeast Cleanse by Solaray. As our yeast levels grow in our bodies we crave more sugar to feed them. This capsule contains herbs to "reduce" the amount of active yeast in our bodies thus reducing the cravings. It really worked for me.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
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Thursday, May 15, 2008
I started my day with my friend Deanna and a bacon spinach souffle at Panera, then ran all morning preparing to teach Junior Achievement and an art presentation (Culture box on Europe) for my children's classes. Then picked them up at school, we planted sunflower and marigold seeds, ran them to golf lessons, then out for pizza with my husband. Got home at 7:30 helped Alex with a story for school, gave Gar a bath and am now "settling in" before I pass out. Doesn't the life of a typical American mom sound like fun! It really is, sans the bon bons and soap operas. Ciao~
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Monday, April 28, 2008
Remember to honor yourself and your needs as you care for others:)
Sunday, April 27, 2008
I took my boys and Alex's friend Matt to Ann Arbor on Thursday, then to the ice cream social at school, Friday we went roller skating after school, Satrday we had yoga, skate park and a birthday party. I'm wiped out!
I'll curl up with a book I've been trying to finish and relax. Find some peace in your day!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
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