November 9 is Go to an Art Museum Today Day. If you’re not familiar with your local museums, you really should give them a chance. Find one or two here. Local arts can improve their communities, especially when students are exposed to them. In many communities, you can combine art appreciation with your yoga practice. For instance, I teach twice a week at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. It provides a unique, beautiful and calming space to practice. Check for opportunities near you!
In peace and beauty,
November is National Gratitude Month. We can be thankful for both the big and little things in life. Nothing is unimportant if it inspires you and warms your heart.
Yesterday, I made a list of 30 things I am grateful for — one for each day of the month. Here’s the list to today’s date, in no particular order.
I am grateful for:
- My furry family – past and present – and the joy they bring me every day;
- My family, especially my mom and brother, who always have my back;
- The kind of good friends who know your secrets and love you anyway (looking at you, Melissa and Davo!);
- Warm blankets on cool evenings; and
- Fuzzy slippers.
November 6 is National Saxophone Day, so here’s some songs featuring one of my all-time favorite saxophonists, the late Mr. Clarence Clemons.
November 1 is All Saints’ Day! So here’s a fun little musical way to celebrate.
On October 29, 1998, John Glenn became the oldest person to fly in space at the age of 77. We have an interesting relationship with aging in our society: we’re often told to respect our elders and listen to their wisdom while at the same time we are bombarded with media and advertising that tells us 40 is over the hill.
Yoga teaches us to let go of attachment to these labels. We often let our labels define us. How often have we looked around and compared ourselves to others thinking things like, “I can’t do this pose as well as her because I’m too fat/old/inflexible…”? Too often, the ways we define ourselves limit us.
I invite you to observe your thought patterns this week and really examine how you label yourself. When we build awareness, we can let go of limiting thoughts and actions and let our true inner Self shine through.
This week saw the passing of one of rock and rolls greatest architect, Mr. Antoine “Fats” Domino. Let’s remember how great he was and dance the week out.
National Vegetarian Awareness Month (October) meet National Greasy Food Day (October 25). A vegetarian diet is generally healthy but every once in a while, we all want a tasty treat. These basic quesadillas are tasty and easy to make. I made mine with mozzarella because that’s what I had on hand. And I ate them before I remembered to take a picture, so you’ll have to trust me that they happened. 😉
October is National Cookie Month and I so love to bake cookies! Lately I’ve been on the search for gluten- but not taste-free options. Several helpful folks have pointed out that there a number of decent mixes you can buy, but I’m stubborn and I want to do it myself.
I came across a recipe for Lemon Pistachio Shortbread No-Bake Cookie Bites (say that three times fast) and thought I would give them a try. The verdict? They’re good but not great. I’d like a bit more pistachio flavor.