Sunday, December 29, 2013

Life is like a Game of Candy Crush

By Delia Nessim

It seems like life is one long game of candy crush. Sometimes you spin your wheels and get nowhere. Other times you make a little progress and it feels good but you wonder how it’s going to help you reach your goal. It seems like it should be easy to plan your next move with some amount of certainty about the outcome but it never seems to turn out that way. It all seems so confusing. Once in a while, you bumble along just doing the obvious things and lo and behold there’s an explosive chain reaction of events that get you further along than you could ever have imagined. When that happens the only thing to do is sit back and say, “sweet.”

As time goes on, life becomes more and more challenging. There are often barriers to progress that seem almost impossible to navigate. Try as you may, there are only so many things you can do and at some point it becomes apparent you can’t win this one. As disappointing as it is, the only thing to do is start all over again. Each time, you start with a renewed confidence that you will reach your goal. Time and time again your efforts are in vain. After a while you just want to cry. That’s when it’s time to take a 21 minute and thirty-two second break whether you like it or not. As much as you want to push through your frustration, it feels like mom is giving you a time-out for your own good.  When the time is up, you feel a little calmer and better able to handle defeat.

So where exactly is all this going? Well, I don’t know where the candy crush road will lead and I don’t know where life will lead. I just keep plugging away at both. I know that by accepting myself, I can accept disappointments as well as the divine moments of success. Life is all about deciding how you want to feel and feeling it now. Sooner or later the circumstances of life will match the way you feel.

May 2014 be wonderful, tasty, delicious and SWEET.

Fill Up this Winter with Positive Change, Practicing Qigong

By Karen Steinbrecher

As the ground hardens and the air chills, we are drawn to go ‘inside.’

In Taoist traditions, winter is the season when you are called to explore what lives below the surface, to pay attention to the internal workings of your intuition.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, winter is the time to focus upon the Kidneys, Yin, and the Bladder, Yang, as well as the adrenals.

This is a crucial time to nourish, warm and fuel your physical, mental and spiritual energy.  These winter practices have a cumulative effect upon your physical health, mental clarity, and innovative spirit.

Infuse yourself with positive change by practicing and dancing Qigong!

Qigong is an invaluable tool to unite and align your thoughts, heart and physical body.  One of the best ways to infuse your being is with your intention, to bring in and initiate positive change.

May this Winter Solstice (and all holy days that celebrate the light, in one way or another) feed your soul, your heart, your being. May our Qigong practice help us call this light, this Qi into a joyful dance around us, our world, and your world.

May we see the light in one another and joyfully acknowledge it with a smile or a hug.

Winter in TCM, celebrates the Water Element.  The waters of the earth and the waters of your body are one. As we dance & practice Qigong together we are one in dynamic flow and movement.  Let us fuse with the Universe this New Year with Peace and Love and Light, bringing in positive change.  Feel yourself as you dance Qigong, grounded and home in flowing change.

Abundant Blessings to all of you with

Gratitude and Peace and Love,

Join Karen Steinbrecher at the Resiliency Center each Thursday at 2 P.M. or at 6:15 P.M. in the open Workspace.  $10.00 per class.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Happy Hour (An Interview With A Human) by Dean Solon

how many times have you been reduced to ashes?

there have been times i have been reduced to ashes.

how many times have you risen from the ashes?

there have been times i have risen from the ashes.

why do you say "awakening is never more than a moment away"?
why do you say "enlightenment is never more than a moment away"?

because i am not sworn to silence.

what do you make of the present human predicament?

we live in an accelerated---and accelerating---age.

what is one to do?

there is no hurry.

who am i?

a pebble on the stony path.

who am i?

a shining light on the way.

who are we?

each of us a human being.
each of us playing dumb.

why am i sometimes so tired?

because it requires at least as much effort to be asleep
as it does to be awake.

why disappointment?

life isn't all it's cracked up to be.

why hope?

life is much more than it's cracked up to be.

why anxiety?

no floor no ground.

the antidote to anxiety?

no floor no ground.


the "illness" and the "cure" the same.

and God?

God surpasses all expectations.
            so, no expectations.

anything else?

to all a merry christmas
and a most happy new year.