Monthly Archives: February 2012

over the moon!

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Posing in my new office with my computer in the background

Have been over the moon (and a little overwhelmed!) these past few days as I prepare to begin training for my new job on Thursday. Last Friday morning, I walked into the HR department at Sheppard Pratt for what I thought was supposed to be an HR interview. The woman interviewing me said, “well…this is a little strange, but we’ve been instructed by the director of the eating disorders program to make you an offer of employment.” I had met with him and my direct supervisor back in January prior to the position being posted. The job specifically requires me to combine my two passions – yoga and art therapy using a mindfulness-based perspective. Meant to be..? I think so…

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DIY last minute valentine

Happiest of Valentine’s Days to all! Need a quick way to say I love to you to that special someone..? Or, spending valentine’s day solo..? Why not send yourself a little love..? This adorable printable project gives you 10 to spread the love. Also in need of an envelope..? Get it here. May your valentine’s day be filled with love, kisses (the chocolate kind), and a sprinkle of self-care.

sewing dreams

It’s February and I’m still continuing to build my 2012 vision. Decided to take the plunge and began working on a sewing project this weekend. Even though it’s been years since I sewed regularly (and even then, I wasn’t that regular) I am amazed at how quickly my skills came back. Was so sad to see the weekend go, as I have to put my project away and settle into my weekly routine.

How is your 2012 unfolding..?

edge of glory: personal mantras in yoga and life

“I’m on the edge of glory, and I’m hanging on a moment of truth”

                                                         Lady Gaga

In my yoga classes this week, I have been playing with the concept of mantras during centering and savasana. The modern concept of a mantra (or affirmation) is a positive statement said in the present tense. Generally, it is a quality you wish to integrate into your life. A popular one in yoga classes might be “I am at peace”. The power of the mantra is believed to help quiet the mind. 

To create a mantra, I have students select a word, phrase, or prayer if they’re more spiritually inclined. Ideally this not more than a few words, so it is easy to repeat silently to themselves. This statement should be uplifting and inspiring. During savasana I encourage students to take their mantra off the mat and out into the world with them. Mantras are fluid and should change or be replaced with something new when they no longer serve you.

Recently, I have been feeling connected to Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” and have adopted the phrase “I’m at the edge of glory, and I’m hanging on a moment of truth” as my own personal mantra. I truly believe 2012 is going to be a changing year for me in terms of career and feel as though I am on the edge of all of that right now. This mantra inspires me to keep moving forward.

What’s your personal mantra..? How does it inspire you..?