Old School Tunes

I’ve had some issues with my iTunes that I can’t seem to  figure out, so I have resorted lately to some old school favs!

Bringing back Bones Thugs-n-Harmony, Wind Blow and my forever most-fav-ever, I’m Alive by Michael Franti & Spearhead. Michael Franti will be in town this June for LaurelLive! I’m doing backflips in my dreams because I have the honor of teaching alongside Marni Task and Tami Schneider with Michael at LaurelLive! 

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Carl Cook of the Metanoia Project

I meet people every day that move me into a state of love.

Carl Cook and the work he does in this city moves me to open heartedness and into a state of inspiration.  

Through his Metanoia Project, he has created an offering for the homeless men and women of Cleveland. However, it is not just a shelter. It is a community gathering spot, an educational opportunity, a support system, and so much more.  

He runs the Metatoia Project and operates out of the Hospitality Center to the former school building on the property of St. Malachi Parish. His vision is that they become self-sufficient through recovery, life skills, finances and spirituality. Carl's enthusiasm to give & be of service to these men and women of CLE is truly remarkable.  

To learn more & support the program visit The Metanoia Project online.


Candles and Hygge

Candles are so powerful for creating ease and warmth in any space.

If you are not already burning them in your home, workspace and practice space, go grab some candles.

I have always loved the feeling and smell that a burning candle elicits when you walk into a room aglow with candlelight.  

Recently, via my sister in law, I came to investigate a practice called “hygge,” a Danish term defined as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” Pronounced “hoo-guh,” the word is said to have no direct translation in English, though “cozy” comes close. It derives from a sixteenth-century Norwegian term, hugga, meaning “to comfort” or “to console,” which is related to the English word “hug.”

Associated with relaxation and gratitude, hygge also elicits a "state of mindfulness: how to make essential and mundane tasks dignified, joyful, and beautiful, how to live a life connected with loved ones".  A significant part of practicing "hygge" is burning candles. If this all sounds really inviting to you, check out this great article to learn even more about HYGGE!  BTW, the Danes are known to be the happiest people in the world!  

If you are unsure where to start in your candle search, I like  Sweet Dish & Darling (made locally & we happen to sell those at IBY) and I also love Voluspa Candles sold locally at Sacred Hour.

Get burning!


Expect great things to happen to you and through you.

Expect great things to happen to you and through you.
— Claire Kaufman, Inner Bliss Yoga Teacher

Claire often closes her classes with this mantra. It is a beautiful reminder that our thoughts are powerful and thinking about what we want to see more of in our life instead of contemplating what is wrong with our life, leads us to greatness. Great joy, great service and great love!

Tools of the Titans by Tim Ferris

A book I have been absolutely loving and have talked about in my classes - Tools of the Titans by Tim Ferris.

Don't let the giant nature of this book scare you!  It is a book you can "browse and land" (I just made that up) wherever your curiosity pulls you. To me, it is somewhat of a "toolbox" for habits, rituals and ideas to live an amazing life, extracted from the lives of leaders, interesting people and successful human beings. Tim says, “I created this book, my ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools, for myself. It’s changed my life, and I hope the same for you.”  

One of my 9 million favorite parts of the book is page 471 in an interview with Kevin Kelly and he says... "Sit, Sit. Walk, Walk. Don't Wobble". An expression capturing the commitment to be fully in the moment you are in. It's worth a read.