Deep Thought of the Day

“You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.”
Sharon Gannon 
yoga moves over rolling green tea fields zen zen z
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Deep Thought of the Day: Music

“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it a rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul”

-Unknown

My #1 go-to when my outlook begins turning a’funky?

Playing music that brings me back to a happy place and time.

Today, watching a video from 2011 of my dear class of South Korean kindergartners perform James Taylor’s How Sweet it is to be Loved by You, shook the funk right off. One of my favorite songs by a favorite artist, topped with 20 little booty-shaking bundles of joy that all hold a special place in my heart.

Enjoy! And remember, choose music, not funk.

~wisdom from Mom~


Seems the theme of Santosha, Happiness, Contentment has spread from my own seeking of a steady happiness to others in my life.  Happy is on our brains.

Mom has really helped with some wisdom…advice from Mama from the other side of the world, received in Korea, where I’m actually FINALLY listening.  

the wise Mommy Kati and her Grandpuppy, Rio.

I asked her if I could post some of this wisdom, because it’s awesome advice, heartfelt, honest, straightforward.  It’s helping me and I’m sure it’s helpful to someone else out there, too…so here goes:

*Count your blessings!

*Acceptance: I think now that I am older, I accept myself &

my faults….& accept responsibility if I am wrong ..

*Flexibility: I try to improve if I screw something up and am not as inflexible as I was when I was younger ..

*Family: A huge part of my happiness is having kids that really give it their all & are successful..I am really fortunate…Another huge part of the equation is having 

finally found someone wonderful to share my life with…I lucked out.

*Carry your happiness and inner light with you wherever you go; don’t let cranky people, uncomfortable situations,a job, a man, or a woman friend blow it out……..

*Resilience: find the happy place in my heart, always aim to be there….even if I feel off center…strive to get it back…


I love my Mom.  

home is where the mom is.  even if it means the only place you see her is for sunday morning wine/makoli-filled Skype dates until next year…  🙂


Santosha

Santosha.

 
it’s a niyama (moral code) in yogi philosophy.

 
Contentment is it’s meaning.  Happiness.  
 
I swear I’ve eaten at a restaurant or shopped at a boutique with this name and never knew the meaning.  How uncurious I was.  

 
Just to confirm my little theory the other morning of sadness as habit…I just happened upon a synchronous theory in my yogi reading for this week’s lesson at yoga teacher training. 
 
The reading phrases Santosha as “the habit of contentment”.  the ability to be at peace no matter what’s going on around you, being able to float up above the situation and act (instead of react) with peaceful control.  Amazing.  good stuff.  think i’ll work on this one…
 
Sadness as habit.  
Happiness as Habit.  
Which habit sounds better today?