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Resolutions 2020

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

published in the Republican 2020

It is the time of year to reflect on the past year, while focusing on the New Year.  It is always fun and exciting to set new goals for the New Year.

Making New Year’s resolutions should not be stressful, but instead should be a way to broaden our horizons and gain new experiences.  The first step is to determine what you want.  After determining this, make your New Year’s resolution a part of your meditation by setting it as your intention.  Always take small steps to obtain your goals.

Recently, I had an insightful chat with my friend and life coach, Ana Caban.  We discussed one of my biggest goals, which is to write a book about living with the stigma of being disabled.  She encouraged me to look at writing the book in the same way as I do in my motivational speeches, where I share my own personal experiences.  My plan is to take time every day to write down my personal experiences that I want to share in the book.

My purpose for my book is to empower people to embrace their differences while raising disability awareness.  Just as I do in my columns, I hope to inspire others to live their best life.

Holiday spirit

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

Published in the Republican 2019

During this time of year, it can often be very easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas.  The practice of yoga can help us count our blessings while understanding the values of Christmas.

The first value is peace on Earth, the idea of ending wars.  But it can also mean cultivating peace through yoga, such as stillness of our bodies, a peaceful mind.  By practicing meditation and non-violence, we can find peace within the world and ourselves.  The idea is that the more peaceful we are with ourselves, the more peace we can send into the world.

The second value is goodwill towards mankind.  This is achieved through practicing karma yoga.  This is being of service by bringing compassion, love and happiness to other people.  Along with karma yoga, there is also the idea of giving and receiving.  Every gift that is given should represent the joy and love of the season.  It is the thought that counts, not the actual gift.  When you give in love, you will receive that love back.

Santa Claus should not be considered a commercial gimmick, but rather a character that represents universal love.  Santa Claus empowers childhood beliefs, such as wonder, possibilities and unlimited love.  He also encourages the idea of caring for others and ourselves.  Christmas should not be viewed as a time for receiving presents.  Instead, embrace the true love of the holiday.

Holiday season

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

Published in the Republican 2019

The holiday season is a time to enjoy the company of loved ones, rituals and traditions.  Yoga trains us to deal with the change of seasons and the stress of the holidays.  For example, winter signals a time to slow down with fewer daylight hours and colder temperatures.

To deal with the change of seasons and the holidays, we become aware of the need for more meditation and distressing yoga poses.  It is important to listen to our minds and bodies in order to increase our energy level while giving ourselves the self-care that we need.

Even though the holidays are a time to celebrate, eat and exchange gifts, yoga reminds us to be mindful.  One important aspect to remember is to take time to rest and conserve our energy levels.  Always take the time to sit in silence to be in the present moment.  By doing this, we are reminding ourselves what is important in life.  Most importantly, practicing karma yoga, the act of servicing others, is the true meaning of the holiday season.

I have always believed in treating others with love in the same manner as we want to be treated.  This includes how to treat people, giving gifts and being respectful.