Present pain is endurable.
31 March 2011
Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana - Tripod downward facing dog. A great hip opening pose.
29 March 2011
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Greet everyone you meet with a warm smile. No matter how busy you are, don't rush enounters with co-workers, family and friends. Speak softly. Listen attentively. Act as if every conversation you have is the most important thing on your mind today. Look your children and your partner in the eyes when they talk to you. Stroke the cat, caress the dog. Lavish love on every living being you meet. See how different you feel at the end of the day.Sarah Ban Breathnach (Simple Abundance : A Daybook of Comfort and Joy)
23 March 2011
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21 March 2011
I have lots of classic Manhattan photographs from our recent trip to New York, but here is a classic family photo. My daughter - seen here in her PJ's - clutching a football magazine is re-enacting her take on the Statue of Liberty. My son is doing his interpretation of the New York gangster Don Corleone; wearing his sister's hat, his mother's coat and puffing on an unlit cigar.
Family holidays :-)
20 March 2011
19 March 2011
Tonights Perigrine moon appears once every 18 years. It could be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual, according to NASA. The moon has an elliptical orbit around the Earth; when the moon seems smaller and more distant, it's on the farthest side (apogee) of its orbit, while the perigee side is about 31,000 miles closer to Earth.
Even this sometimes renegade yogi did not practice or teach Ashtanga on this very special moon day.
London: March 19th 2011
Look to this day, for it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course lie all the realities and verities of existence.The bliss of growth, the splendor of action, the glory of power. And yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision. But today - well lived - makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day.
18 March 2011
On my recent trip to New York City, my family and I were lucky enough to go and see this show on Broadway. Daniel Radcliffe gave an amazing performance in his musical debut, playing the character J. Pierrepont Finch. The story of an ambitious young man’s rise (Radciffe) from mail room clerk to vice president of a big company using fairly questionable business practices.
It is a very funny and entertaining show and the 21 year-old Radcliffe has certainly shown that he is more than just a wizard. His singing, dancing and comic timing were spot on. This is a well cast production and I particularly liked the women’s costumes. My whole family loved this show and would happily see it again, so if your in NYC and looking for something that the whole family would enjoy (teenagers in my case), I would highly recommend “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying”.
We were invited back stage to meet Daniel in his dressing room. What a delightful, unassuming star he is. It’s a rarity to have talent, fame and fortune and remain grounded at such a young age.
“How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” is on at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway, New York.
Dogs in New York are obviously very picky about there choice of blooms. This photo was taken in Tribeca, NYC.
17 March 2011
To blog or not to blog that is the question? Karnapidasana -Ear pressure pose - looks a bit like the trussed up chicken pose and, therefore, I was not sure about putting it out there :-) Here goes nothing!
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To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night: to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring ... these are some of the rewards of the simple life.
John Burroughs, naturalist
10 March 2011
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People ask why we still bang on about women’s rights. As Rosamund Urwin wrote in the Standard last night; when asked by a male colleague “what’s the point of IWD?” she replied “because the other 364 still belong to you”.
The Serenity Prayer
God, grant me: serenity - to accept the things I cannot change; courage - to change the things I can and wisdom - to know the difference.
Reinhold Neibuhr, theologian
07 March 2011
I was invited to join a table of gorgeous, intelligent women on World Book Day for a quiz event hosted by Waterstone's bookshop, in association with Grazia magazine.
A number of authors attended, including: David Nicholls, author of the fantastic book and soon-to-be film "One day"; the hilarious Adele Parks; Emma Kennedy and my good friend and brilliant writer, Jemma Forte, who hosted our table.
I had been told it was an quiz evening of cupcakes and champagne - which is was - and being a prolific reader, I thought I might be able to answer the odd question. In fact, I think I probably only answered two. So it was amazing to discover that our champagne fuelled team "Beloved" (the title of the book by Toni Morrison) won the quiz and walked off with the prize of two cases of wine.
When I say we won, we actually came second as the Grazia team did, in fact, come first. Before anyone started shouting "fixed", the team nobly stood down and - hey presto - the table of glamorous reprobates rushed up to the stage to collect their prize.
Jamie Byng, who runs World Book Day, gave a wonderful quote about authors and books: "I know what I give you, but I do not know what you receive". Which just about sums up the joy of sharing the gift of books.
The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment, but it is no less than a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. People do what they must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality.
John F. Kennedy
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If there were ever a time to dare, to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, it is now. Not for any grand cause, necessarily, but for something that tugs at your heart, something that's your aspiration, something that's your dream. You owe it to yourself to make your days here count. Have fun. Dig deep. Stretch. Dream big.
Macintosh computer ad, 1991