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Create a Little TLC

When I go out to teach classes at the garden, offices, or in homes, I bring a “mobile studio” including mats and props.  But, something was missing, a little TLC.  A gentle eye pillow is the perfect tool to block out light, help students relax and find a comforting savasana at the end of practice.  So, I’ve created a stock of them to take with me.

The nice thing about this design is the cover can easily be removed for washing.  The project is simple and requires a minimal investment.  About $5 and a little bit of time produced 8 soft and comfy eye covers.

Supplies (makes 8)

  • 1/2 yard of flannel or cotton fabric for coverimg_0448
  • 1/2 yard of flannel or cotton fabric for insert
  • thread
  • 2 lb. bag of rice or lentils
  • essential oil (optional)

Fabric Pieces

  • Cover – 4″ x  17″ rectangle
  • Insert – 3.75″ x 16″ rectangle

Directions

  • Cover:
    • If the fabric frays easily, zig zag the edge to secure.img_0449
    • Fold and pin the short ends of the fabric about 3/8″.  Top stitch to secure.
    • Place the fabric wrong-side down and fold ends toward center, overlapping the ends.  Pin the open edges and topstitch.
    • Trim corners and turn fabric right-side out.img_0453
  • Insert
    • Fold the rectangle in half with the right sides together.img_0450
    • Pin and sew along the sides, leaving the top open.
    • Trim corners and turn fabric right-side out.
    • Using a paper cone or funnel, fill the insert with about 2/3 cup rice.
    • (Optional) Add a few drops of essential oil.
    • Tuck in the ends, pin and topstitch to close.
    • Place the insert inside the cover.img_0454

Take a break, recline, place an new pillow over your eyes and take a few minutes to relax.  You deserve it.  Enjoy!

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Earn Trust

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”
-Albert Einstein

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Greatness Measured

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”

-Bob Marley

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Love Winter

“Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.”

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Conscious Cash

48180328 - many us dollars in the form of tubesThe habit of swiping my credit card and spending money tends to get a little out of control and mindless at the end of the year.  Spending money is just another excess of the holiday season.  But, the consumer haze has to clear at some point.  There’s nothing quite as sobering as when the first credit card statement arrives after the holiday spending season!

To recover from this financial hangover, I choose to be conscious of my cash in January.  It’s a practice I’ve employed for several years to get me reconnected with my money and reestablish a healthy relationship with it.

In January, I only spend paper money, cash or checks, with a few exceptions.  (I continue to use my card for necessary expenses, limited to groceries and gas).  This allows me to ground and reconnect with financial energy (or lack there of) in the new year.

While credit and debit cards are convenient and, used wisely can offer some benefit, there is a certain disconnect from the energy of the funds when they are used.  There’s something about holding a finite number of bills in your pocket that helps you to refocus.  When there is a limited amount to spend, a little more thought is put into purchases.  Do I really want to spend $5 on a latte or should I save it, and put it towards a movie this weekend with my kids?  Should I order lunch, or use up the leftovers in my fridge?

Additionally, I like to think about how hard I’ve had to work to earn the funds I’m spending.  If I need more than is available on hand, I think twice before writing a check or withdrawing more.  Taking the time to stop and ask these questions and really think about money in terms of an energy flow helps to reestablish a healthy respect for it.

So, if you feel a little disconnected from your dollars I encourage you take on a similar practice.  If unconscious spending is not an issue, where can you create more connection?  Look for anything that has become automatic, desensitized, mundane, or mindless, and establish a conscious mindful practice to help you reconnect.  It’s your energy, you work hard to earn it, spend it wisely!

 

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Redefine Resolutions

50398346 - chalkboard on the wooden table written this year i will.If your annual resolution list has been recycled over and and over and includes gems like “lose weight”, “work out more”, or anything along those lines it’s time to redefine resolutions.  The flaw in the way resolutions are traditionally set is that they are purely physical goals.  Worse yet, many times they are rooted in dislike, loathing, and body shaming.  You are so much more than muscle and fat.

“You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked.
Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”
-Louise Hay

So, this year make a commitment to set resolutions based on the fact that are inherently good and wonderfully made.  You are a creature of infinite talents and possibilities.  Set goals and change habits to expose and accentuate these gifts.  Use your energy to remove barriers that block or inhibit what is great about you.  Place your focus on pursuing your passions.

For example, if one of your gifts is hospitality, open up your calendar and schedule some time to entertain friends.  If you value your intellect, make a commitment to feed your knowledge by attending a class or committing to an online seminar.

Need a little help getting started?

  1.  Make a list:
    • List 3 things you love about yourself.
    • List 3 of your gifts and talents.
    • List 3 things pursuits, causes, and/or activities are passionate about.
  2. Ask yourself:
    • How can I include these in my daily life and interactions?
    • What barriers, excuses, and/or challenges are preventing me?
  3. Redefine Resolution
    • List your resolutions, but treat this as a living project, not a checklist of success or failure.
    • Revisit weekly or monthly.
    • If you lose focus, just pick back up and move on when you revisit.

You are a gem, your value is immense.  Maybe you just need a little loving attention to help you shine.  Redefining resolutions might just be the way to do it.  I hope this change in perspective gets your 2017 off to a great start!

Namaste.

 

 

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New Paths

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
-Walt Disney

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