Archive for September, 2011


Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

One of my favorite things that come at the end of the yoga practice is the gesture and saying the praise namaste. I feel this is a very profound moment where we are honoring others and ourselves in celebrating life. The simple act of placing our hands in prayer position at the heart and repeating namaste while bowing is a very powerful message.
It means I see and knowledge the spirit filled with love flowing with in others and us with respect. Take the time and enjoy the practice of namaste

Disability And Poverty

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

My Column Printed in the Republican 9/28

The United States Census Bureau released data regarding the poverty level in our country this month. To be considered living in poverty a single person would have to be earning less than $11,139. Today, the poverty level is at its highest level in fifty-two years, with 46.2 million people living in poverty.

The 2010 census found that 9.5 percent of householders in the 18 to 64 age range have a disability, with a median income of $25,550. In comparison, non-disabled householders have a median income of $58,736. The census figures also indicate that 27.9 percent of disabled individuals are in poverty, compared with 12.5 percent of non-disabled individuals.

There are many contributing factors as to why people with disabilities are in poverty. One reason is that the portion of disabled individuals receiving Social Security have gone several years without an increase in their monthly benefit amount to reflect the higher cost of living.

Another problem with receiving Social Security payments is that often individuals have to deal with restrictions about how much they can earn while working. High unemployment rates greatly affect the chance that people with disabilities have in finding employment.

Budgets cuts happening and looming at both the national and state level will greatly affect programs that people with disabilities depend for many of their needs. Many of these programs are used for assistance with housing, medical care and employment. As a society we must come together to ensure each person in our country is living comfortably with basic needs being met. We all are equal and should be treated that way. No one should have to live in poverty.

Why I Practice Yoga

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

When I first discovered yoga I was at first looking for an exercise program a way to stay healthy. But I soon discovered it was so much more starting with helping me finds my spiritual connection to the universe. It fuels my passion and purpose as a writer and activist. My practice flows into my every day life from relationships, work to all activities. It has become who I am a loving, happy and peaceful yogini who sees, feels, speaks and listens with her heart. Every morning as I sit upon my yoga mat give thanks to the practice for all its awards and creating my life namaste

Carrie Writes – Spirit Junkie

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Printed in the Republican Plus Paper 9/14/11

Through the Internet, I crossed paths with life coach and motivational speaker Gabrielle Bernstein. We instantly connected with each other and found we both followed similar paths. Like myself, Gabrielle is a “lovetarian” who promotes positive living. We have become friends who help and support one another.

Gabrielle’s second book, Spirit Junkie, is being released as of September 13. Her first book, Add More ~Ing To Your Life, talks about embracing positive influences while getting rid of negative ones through the use of affirmations, meditation and physical activity. In her second book, Gabrielle shares her experience overcoming negative behaviors from drug addiction to self-loathing. She bases her teachings on a book titled A Course in Miracles, which shows how to relinquish fear from all aspects of life while allowing love to flow freely. The idea is to choose love over fear. There is a perception shift once we call out our ego and let it go into the universe.

Just like Gabrielle, I share my own experiences to inspire and help others. We can learn so much from listening to our and others’ stories. We all are equal with our own individual talents and gifts to offer the world.

Spirit Junkie is a very helpful tool in releasing fear and negativity from our lives leaving in place love and positive energy. It is a fact that negative energy just weighs us down, taking us to a darker place. When we focus on love and the positive forces we can be peaceful and happy letting miracles happen. For more information visit http://gabbyb.tv/