For the last few years, I have chosen a word in January to serve as my theme for the year. After dealing with a minor lupus flare in late 2014, I selected FLOURISH for 2015. I desired to flourish physically, financially, emotionally and relationally. My word for 2016 was ABUNDANCE in honor of my commitment to live a life of plenty and appreciate all my blessings. For 2017, the word is ONWARD. I set in motion a number of things to facilitate a major life transformation. This year, I plan to move ONWARD. I am celebrating the culmination of a year of planning and preparation in this week's Celebration.
My friend Beandrea introduced me to Anne Lamott when I was separated from my ex-husband. Fresh from her writing graduate program in California, Bea had discovered yoga out there and began teaching classes in and around Philadelphia, where I lived at the time. I went to a yoga and writing workshop Bea hosted, because I, too, had discovered yoga in the years since we met at Penn. I also had always enjoyed writing, and wanted to support my friend. During the workshop, Bea shared something Anne had written, and it resonated with my soul.
Happy Valentine's to all! I hope you know that you are kind, you are special and you are important (shout out to Kathryn Stockett). Most importantly, I hope you know how much you are loved. The Divine energy of the universe wants to connect with you, support you, and encourage you on your journey of growth and transformation. I am so grateful for that Divine connection this Valentine's Day. It satisfies more deeply than any human love ever can. May you take some time today to be sit long enough to feel the exchange of Divine energy.
Here's what I am celebrating this week:
Last week, I wrote about generalized anxiety disorder--excessive, ongoing anxiety and worry that interfere with day-to-day activities. This malaise has plagued many of the people around me—my friends, coworkers, students, fellow yoga instructors and church members—for the last three months especially since Inauguration Day. The heightened anxiety perhaps feels even more pronounced, because we live, work and try to enjoy life in the nation’s capital. We can’t ever seem to escape political news and its ramifications.
In my last post, I shared four strategies for dealing with generalized anxiety disorder, including:
I keep wondering if I will run out of things for which to be grateful. So far, the answer is a resounding NO! Here is what I am celebrating from last week:
Crystal Moore began her wellness quest in 2003 after being diagnosed with lupus. Her quest has led her to embrace yoga, faith, exercise, healthy eating, and relationships. Share her journey.