Monday, December 15, 2014

mindful monday

Mindfulness is tidying up your attention. Everything about mindfulness is about relationship to what is happening. What's happening is less important than how we relate to what is happening. Life and healing has its own rhythm. Mindfulness helps us develop the skill to be different with our thinking, not to stop thinking. We seek intensity just to feel alive. Metta practice is to make everyone your friend without agreeing with them. Every moment of mindfulness erases moments of conditioning. Mantra: May I meet this moment fully, may I meet it as a friend. Each moment is pregnant with potential for watching the mind. The more we have compassion for ourselves, the more we can have compassion for others. -- Takeaways from mindfulness daylong with Sharon Salzberg and Sylvia Boorstein

On Saturday I had the pleasure of sitting with Sharon and Sylvia for a daylong mindfulness practice and penned the above takeaways into my ideas book. My favorite takeaway is the reminder that what's happening is less important than how we relate to what is happening. Juicy, eh?

When I woke up this morning, I had a feeling of downshifting. Being in overdrive mode for the past months producing, editing, and shipping the Anthology and Daybook, celebrating the studio's 15th year, releasing the TranquiliT fall collection, and honoring our team at last night's holiday fete, I'm experiencing a savory focus on exhalation.

Over the next few days, traffic will begin lightening. Emails, too. Parking will become available {a true treat for city-dwellers} and the holiday parties will come to an end. This gives us the opportunity to tidy up our attention, our homes, and our schedules.

All three are a focus of mine over the hollydaze: crafting an ideal 2015 schedule, decluttering the Pink Palace, and basking in down time. 

As you may know, what we focus on grows. May the final moments of 2014 allow you the space to focus on what you'd like to see grow in the new year. For a facilitated journey, join me on December 31 at Tranquil Space for a mini yoga and mindfulness retreat.

Finally, 60 minutes did a segment on mindfulness last night that you may enjoy watching. It's amazing to see the practice getting more and more attention.  

Wishing you a mindful Monday filled with ease and downshifting. Bisous. x

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Friday, December 12, 2014

week in review

friday night packing party
studio's festive decor
jackson warming by the bedroom electric fire
studio directors' holiday brunch
stamp carving date with sara

december dreams

home practice thwarted

week in review
taught 4 yoga classes
took 2 yoga classes
co-taught 3.5-hour teacher training session
part-time therapy work at the women's center
savored a bed day with book, pets + le beau
stamp carving play date with sara
sent love note to subscribers
sent invite to online daybook playshop to pre-orders
ordered spring TranquiliT swatches
shipped heaps of daybooks, ephemera packets + anthologies
hosted a mentoring session
had a nutrition consulting session
recorded daybook video
daylong social work workshop
hosted director's holiday brunch
savored many green smoothies
date night with le beau + friend
tea date with le beau + friend
launched writing in the woods spring retreat
wax appointment

weekend wish list
savor sharon + sylvia mindfulness daylong
host fun team holiday party at elizabeths gone raw
host inspiring mentoring session
gym jaunt
hair cut + color

et toi? what's on your weekend wish list?
bisous. x

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

tranquilosophy: gratitude/giveaway

three treats ready to ship to you

This morning we hosted our annual Tranquil Space Directors' holiday brunch at Founding Farmers and I found myself filled with an amazing sense of gratitude. Gratitude for a stellar studio team that  handles a tremendous amount of projects around the clock, for supporters of my recent creative projects, and for you, my dear reader.

Musing here for over a decade has offered the opportunity to connect, grow, explore, and challenge myself in more ways than I could have ever imagined. And to think that there are other like-hearted people {like YOU!} around the globe similarly seeking more tranquility, meaning, and connection.

As a token of gratitude, I'm offering a giveaway of three amazing products:Year of Gratitude Kit, Vegan Tea Party Soap Box, Vegan Flower Soap Box from Uncommon Goods. I handpicked these three items as parfait for my readers and am excited to ship them your way. Who doesn't love {+ need} handmade soaps and snail mail thank yous? Consumables are truly to greatest gifts.

Based out of Brooklyn, Uncommon Goods supports artisans and designers, many who make the products by hand without harm to animals or people. So basically, our kind of community. Here's a bit on their holiday gifts, some fun stocking stuffers, and their Facebook page. I'm a fan!

Enter to win ONE of the THREE items in the giveaway:

1. Leave a comment below offering a tranquility tip for handling the hollydaze with ease.
2. Include your email addy.
3. Take three deep breaths before posting. {My tranquility tip}
4. Post your tranquility tip by Sunday, December 14 midnight ET.

Three winners will be randomly chosen and announced here on Monday, December 15.

In closing, I want to again express my gratitude for your support. We've truly come a long way together and I am excited to see what 2015 holds.

As we continue playing Santa here at the Pink Palace by shipping goodies your way, I hope you know how much love goes into each and every exchange. I bow to you and appreciate you. Bisous. x 

This post is courtesy of Uncommon Goods' beautiful offering of the three tranquility-enhancing items. Find them online here

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