Thursday, 29 November 2012

It's PARTY Time!

As November ends and December starts, the holiday cheer begins.

Well, at least I wish that was the case. I actually hear more complaining this time of year than anything else. People complaining about the cold weather, or the busy malls. Even heard someone complaining about their work party the other day.

Yes, I'm busy too, working, family gatherings, work functions...but come on people. What's so bad about getting together with co-workers (You do spend most of your week with them), celebrating with some yummy appies & good wine or spreading a little holiday cheer with family & friends. Sounds like a good time to me.

I live most of my days in either yoga apparel or jeans and flats. So it's around this time of year that I get excited about pulling out my favourite party dresses, high heels and lip gloss. Making my best Holiday recipes or for some (I'm not much of a baker) baking those special holiday treats. It's time to let your hair down and put your party shoes on.

May you stop ruminating about all the busyness and let the "to do lists" go for awhile and jump on the holiday, celebratory band wagon. Sing a long to the holiday songs, put on that slinky black dress and maybe too high heeled shoes. Dabble in the spiked Egg nog and definitely dance with your co-workers at your Christmas party.

It's Party Time, so let's be positive and have some FUN!

Maybe this will start to get you in the mood. Got Stella & I up & grooving.

Love,
Lauren


Thursday, 22 November 2012

Yoga in Twillight





I have mostly been reading yoga related books or books on how to get my kids to sleep the last few years that I was quite behind the times when it came to the Twillight Saga. So I thought it was time. Time to take a pause from reading these books and read something totally different, a book about teenage romance, Vampires and Werewolves. The thing I hadn’t expected was that these very addicting books were all full of yoga.

What makes these books so interesting to me is that while reading them I never felt it wasn’t possible for Vampires or Werewolves to exist or even live peacefully with humans. It was simple, a girl fell in love with a boy, a vampire boy. She loved the boy with all his quirks, differences and uniqueness. And she also loved her friend, a Werewolf, despite the fact that he could morph into a very large animal. All she ever saw was the good. She saw these boys and their families for who they were on the inside and what made them different from her only made her love them more.
Then there is the love between rivals. The Vampires and Werewolves. A long history of disagreement between these two families had made them rivals. But when it all came down to it and their freedom was challenged they stood side by side to protect each other, to serve each other, guide each other and save the lives of one another. History told them they could not do it, they could not serve together for the same purpose but they did. They looked past the cold skin and the howling and saw love. The love of the girl. The love of family and the love of peace and freedom.
In life we are all different, we are all unique. We see qualities in people that we instantly love and some that either may take time to understand or maybe we never understand. But we are all here for the same reason, to love and be loved. If we take the time to look past the differences and just see the good first we will see love. We will see that despite our different backgrounds, hair colour, job choice or beliefs that we are one. We may not agree on religion or politics but we can support each other as beings born from love. We can open our eyes to differences and maybe we will learn something, maybe we will change, maybe we will grow. Embrace the Vampires! .............and hope they do the same.


See you at the movies! 

OM,
CJ







Thursday, 15 November 2012

'Tis the Season to be BUSY

At certain points through out the year my schedule gets CRAZY busy. Well, it's that time of year for me and seems like others too.

When I'm busy my "to do" lists are never ending, which drives me mad. I feel like I'm doing so much, but nothing within the skillful means I long to accomplish them in. In other words I'm doing too much and nothing very well. UGH!

After observing this for a few years now, I've come up with a few tricks to help me get through the busy times with a playful attitude and less stress. So I thought I would share a few with you, in hopes that one or two will assist you in your crazyness.

CELEBRATE
Write down your "To Do's" on a piece of paper or white erase board. Whenever you cross something off your list, celebrate that accomplishment. I celebrate with a Hot chocolate from Mink Chocolate Cafe, MMmmm! Sometimes, my celebration is a dance party in my living room, or a hot Epsom salt bath with my book. When I've really finished something, like a project or a YOGO.tv event, I celebrate with a pedicure. Now that rocks! Can really be anything you desire, big or small just celebrate one thing done. Will help you feel like you're getting things accomplished even when there's more on the list.

STAND UP STRAIGHT
Standing tall and stacking the body in optimal alignment (feet rooted, knees bent, shoulders back, chest lifted, head up) helps increase the levels of testosterone in the body which helps decrease the stress hormone, cortisol. We all need a little De-stressing at times, but this will even help build self confidence and body awareness. In Yoga we call this "TADASANA" or Mountain pose.

EAT TO BOOST YOUR MOOD
I don't know about you, but when I'm busy I eat poorly, grabbing anything in the fridge or cupboards that will tie me over. Knowing this about myself, I now plan for "on the go" foods to help me in these situation. I have containers of fresh clean cut veggies ready to dip in hummus or cashew butter. I have Smoothies prepared in my fridge for the morning rush or Steel cut Oats in my rice cooker ready for me to flick the button while I shower. I even make extra food at dinner time so I have leftovers as lunch the next day. Research shows that choosing complex carbohydrates keeps blood sugar levels stable, helping you feel more balanced through out your busy day. Check this Blog out, she's got great busy food ideas, http://busy-mommy.com/

Do Your Yoga - MAKE TIME FOR YOU!
YOGO.tv was made for YOU, busy people. Whether you have 15 mins or 90 minutes there's a yoga class here waiting for you. All you need is Internet access, so grab your computer, log onto apple TV, or pick up your tablet and get going. BLISS awaits you. YOGO.tv

With you on this path,
Lauren

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Remember



Every year around this time I ask myself. How could I forget? I think that I won’t for a moment, ever forget. And for the most part, I don’t. But day to day life only holds so many thoughts.

Mothers watched their children leave, women watched their husbands leave, brothers and sisters, off they went. These people that fought and still fight for our freedom. They are willing to give their lives so that you and I can be free. So we can laugh, dance, speak freely, sleep at night. I feel it shouldn’t have ever been a question. We should all be free but up until now and maybe for some of our future, freedom for some isn’t a given. And there are people that gave their lives to help change this. It makes the little challenges in life seem like blessings. It makes openly writing about my feelings and beliefs feel like pure gold.

I haven’t had to live the way my Grandmother did, not knowing where her love, the father of her children, was and when or if he would return but I will never forget that she did. I will never forget the men and women that stand up for you and I.

Our day to day challenge is how to make these men and women proud. We can remember and honor them by finding peace with our neighbors, finding peace in our home and sharing peace every chance we get. We can choose kindness first. We can choose to love. We can stand up for each other and stick together. And everyday we can find gratitude for our lives full of freedom, full of choices and full of harmony.

With Peace,
CJ




Thursday, 1 November 2012

Fresh eyes

On Monday we got our home carpets professionally cleaned, they needed of a little extra TLC. So in preparation for this we (my daughter, husband & I) moved toys and small furniture out of particular rooms. When doing this we decided to put my daughters art easel by our kitchen table.


This has turned out to be the best thing we ever did. Stella has always enjoyed using the art easel, however recently Stella has been feeling bored, and lost with fun activities to do. I try my best to make suggestions or make up fun games to play with, however even I have been in a rut with my mommy ideas. Just simply moving the art easel into the kitchen has added a whole new level of fun. We've been doing arts & crafts with food scraps and leaves we bring in from the back yard. We've been drawing pictures of the meals we eat and enjoying the time we play together in the kitchen.

It was such a simple move. An easy change that we cultivated that added a new feeling and expanded our perspective.

We all get into a rut now and then. Whether it's the same food you eat or meals you create every week or the games you play with your kids. You don't need to go spend a bunch of money on new toys, or different cook books, just try a new recipe from an old book, or move an old toy into a new room. Maybe clean out your closet and fall in love with an old piece of clothing. Maybe try your favourite Yoga class from YOGO.tv and see it with fresh eyes.

Don't underestimate the power of simplicity.

Love & light,
Lauren