Red Wine, Chocolate, and Popcorn

On November 3rd, 2011, posted in: Peaceable Living by 2 Comments

Wine, Chocolate and popcorn

So, you are probably wondering what red wine, chocolate, and popcorn have to do with each other?  It’s a crazy combination for sure but not so when you find yourself in survival mode after the Nor’ Easter that blew through New England dumping a foot of snow in southern New Hampshire where I live on October 29th (Such an event is unheard of this time of year.).   There was absolutely nothing one could do but accept the storm, surrender to it, and sit tight until it finished its blustery visit.  And blustery it was!

Sitting in sunroom sipping tea.

Just being, that is just what I am doing right now.  (That is, before I started writing this post.)  Just being . . . . .  Why?   Because I have come down with a nasty cold, and quite honestly, that is all that I can manage to do today.  Just be.

sandy using wood labyrinth.

It’s that time of year again.  Teachers are preparing their classrooms for their new students, parents are taking their children shopping for school supplies and back to school clothing (last years jeans have become high waters), and administrators are preparing pre-school meetings for staff and the arrival of their students.  There is excitement, anticipation, and for some, a bit of uneasiness.

Sandy denisbtrating the double labyrinth.

Is there really such a thing as a peaceable classroom?  Well, yes, there are peaceable classrooms, and  I think that there can be peaceable classrooms.  So what does it take to create such a place?  It takes a nurturing and supportive environment, teachers who are able to manage their own state-of-being, and children who, with or without adult assistance, are able to manage their state-of-being as well.

Sandy with Kripalu yoga teacher certificate.

OM, OM, OM, OM, OM, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva!  (Click the link below to hear the chant.)

Sandy’s Om chant

I can’t get this chant out of my mind.  Sudha/Carolyn Lundeen and Devarshi/Steven Hartman, my Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training teachers, taught us this chant the first two weeks of our training in April, and I kept chanting it on my way home after the completion of my trainng in June. That was three hours of chanting, and I’m still chanting it!  You might be wondering why?

The parent geese and their goslings are enjoying a sim in the fire pond near my home.

One of my favorite rituals of spring is spotting a pair of Canada geese who nest on the side of a fire pond near my home.  Every year the pair returns to raise a new brood of goslings.  For me, it has become a welcome rite of spring to pass by and see them swimming in the pond or waddling in the tall grass munching on the tender blades.  I look forward to it and wonder how many years this particular pair has been springing here.

R & R flier Pro

I’m looking forward to my workshop in Providence, RI at Momentum Fitness.  If you know anyone in the Providence area who is interested in their wellness, do pass this flyer along!

Sandy at-ease in kitchen.

Recently, I returned from my first twelve days of Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training in Lenox, Massachusetts.  It was a very intense, rich and full twelve days.  The schedule went from morning sadhana (yoga practice) at 6:30 a.m. to the last class of the day from 7-9:30 p.m., a full day, indeed.  But though each day was full to overflowing, my inner world was softening, quieting, relaxing despite the intensity and fullness of my training.