December 2007


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Upcoming Events

About Midlife Journeys

Your Ideal Holiday

About Midlife Journeys

For many people, midlife is a time of transformation, a time of seeking greater purpose, joy and meaning in the second half of life. Midlife Journeys is a monthly newsletter designed to support you in reconnecting with your authentic self and energizing your life through deep self-nurturing, creative expression and heart-centered living. Each issue contains inspiration and resources to help guide you on your journey to greater aliveness, joy and fulfillment.

To ring in the New Year, Mary Donovan and I will be offering a NEW YEAR'S WORKSHOP, Creating a Compelling Vision for Your Life, on Saturday, January 19, 2008, 1:00 - 3:30pm at Santa Monica Yoga.

As the New Year unfolds, it's the perfect time to clarify your personal intentions and create a compelling vision for your life, a vision that inspires and motivates you to start each day with purpose, passion and direction.

Through yoga, movement, guided meditation, writing exercises and ritual, we'll honor this sacred time of renewal and create a fertile matrix in which to imagine a powerful vision for your life in 2008. To register, visit www.santamonicayoga.com or call 310-396- 4040.

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Your Ideal Holiday

"If you think you're enlightened, go home for the holidays." - Ram Dass

The holidays are upon us and while we hear phrases like "peace on earth" and "joy to the world", we may be feeling anything but peace and joy!

For many of us, the holidays can feel like a frantic time of overload, stress and pressure to get the right gifts, prepare the perfect holiday celebrations, volunteer to help those in need, attend a multitude of holiday gatherings and/or hang out with people we'd really rather not, or alternatively, spend time feeling alone and lonely.

It feels exhausting just writing that! But the good news is we have a choice about how we co-create our holiday experience. I invite you to examine (and then release if necessary) some of the beliefs you have about the holidays and then proactively create your ideal holiday this year.

For me this includes keeping it simple; planning ahead to spend quality time with people I love and really want to be with; minimizing time with people I don't feel good around; making sure I support my well- being by getting plenty of rest, exercise, and eating healthfully; meditating; making sure I have some alone time and time in nature.

It also includes removing the expectation that the actual day of a holiday has to be the day for something extraordinary to happen. Every day can be extraordinary and filled with potential for loving connection, joyful surprises and magical moments when we least expect it. My intention then is to focus on being present and available to the magic that's always available whether the calendar says it's a "special" day or not.

What would your Ideal Holiday look like? What would it feel like? Who would you be with? What would you be doing? What would you delete from your To Do list? Give yourself permission to create your holiday in a way that honors this sacred time and truly brings you peace and joy.

Finally, in contemplating giving and receiving, I want to share some wisdom from a study which asked over 200,000 people, "How do you most feel loved?" Here are the top six responses.

I feel most loved when:

1. I am truly listened to; when I feel someone really wants to know me, what I care about, what I'm thinking and feeling.
2. I am praised and acknowledged; when someone looks for the good in me and acknowledges it.
3. Someone reaches out with physical touch - pats me on the back, gives me a hug, holds my hand.
4. Someone encourages me, helps me believe I can do something I want to do.
5. Someone gives me honest, caring and loving feedback.
6. People keep their agreements with me. I can count on their word.

Let's honor the true spirit of the season by giving generously to ourselves and others in these simple ways. Let this be your portal to peace, joy and loving connection throughout the holidays and on into the glorious New Year.

"Go out into the world today and love the people you meet. Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people." - Mother Teresa

Peace, joy and abundant blessings!

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