Today’s Holiday Musical Monday celebrates the desire for change we often associate with New Year’s Day. Thirty years ago this month, Michael Jackson released Man in the Mirror, a song about social change starting with an individual...Read More
The first holiday Musical Monday selection is Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas made famous by Judy Garland, and recorded by Frank Sinatra. The lyrics were changed in the 1950’s to celebrate present happiness, rather than hoping for a better future...Read More
December is the perfect time to devote a few minutes each day to focus on gratitude. The December Gratitude Challenge gives us a way to focus on all that we have and truly celebrate!Read More
Two weeks sporting my new titanium and ceramic hip and turning another year older have shown me how strong I am. The hip replacement surgery was a huge success, meaning I slept through it...Read More
After living in NYC for sixteen years, now I’m a “hipster.” I’ve joined the cool kids club, those needing a hip replacement. I have four weeks before surgery to contemplate and journal about the health ramifications of aging. I would like to share my experience along this road ...Read More
If The Scenic Route to Happiness concept had a birthplace it would be the Road to Hana in Maui. I had the opportunity to experience this drive for the second time last weekend in Hawaii. The journey was magical in a completely new way.
Maui’s Road to Hana stretches 52 miles including 59 bridges, 46 of them only one lane wide, and boasts approximately 620 serious curves. The sunny coastline is often in view, but a rainforest atmosphere prevails along the picturesque route.
The last time I took the journey I was alone, grieving the loss of my parents and looking for solace in nature. The dangerous hairpin turns, breathtaking vistas and climbs to waterfalls made me feel alive again.
This trip on the Road to Hana was totally different. I was a passenger with my fabulous friend Elizabeth behind the wheel. I was able to really focus on the magnificent scenery and not on my driving skills. The mood was so cheerful, despite the passing showers and Thelma and Louise references. I am filled with gratitude for this new journey along the historic Hana Highway.
The Scenic Route always delivers perspective. Nature’s gifts can soothe, inspire, excite or terrify depending on our personal view.
What’s your view of adventure? How do you get off the beaten path? Where does nature affect you the most?
“If I can be mindful here, I can be mindful anywhere.” While not exactly what Frank Sinatra sang about in New York, New York, the analogy certainly works. There aren’t many more interruptive places on earth than New York City. So naturally this is where I decided to get serious about my meditation practice.
I’ve meditated in majestic temples across Asia, but have never committed to a regular practice. It’s inspiring to turn your thoughts inward while surrounded by magnificent golden Buddha’s or chanting Monks.
It gets a bit harder to focus on being present when surrounded by 8.5 million people and the musical sounds of Manhattan.
In search of the perfect place to get centered in New York City, I wondered into Inscape (www.inscape.life) and fell in love with myself. Trying all the different guided meditation techniques was as heady as tasting my way through an exotic cocktail menu. Today I’ll try mantra and mindfulness, tomorrow relaxation and vision…
Within two weeks I was in a state of bliss and committed to a mindfulness practice that can travel with me anywhere.
In case you don’t live near an inspiring meditation center, a guide is already in your pocket or purse. Healthline.com recently rated the top mediation apps of 2017 and inspired a great dialog on the subject. If you are interested in trying a new mediation app, I recommend you check out the article and comments for a great list of options.
How do you get centered? Do you prefer group mediation or private reflection? If you have a meditation practice, how has it changed over time?
Today I stepped on the edge of genius…
The setting was a rainy day in New York’s beach paradise, The Hampton’s. My dear friend Jim Allman, former DEVRIES GLOBAL and Sotheby’s bigwig, took me out to Jackson Pollack’s home and studio near East Hampton.
The famous artist and his wife Lee Krasner moved out to this picturesque hamlet as newlyweds in 1945. They didn’t have a car or even heat, but what they did have was a shared passion for art.
Pollack created a studio in a barn out back and his wife took the upstairs of their home for her work. The result was a new perspective on art.
70 years later, I felt the raw passion of Pollack’s fluid movements flinging paint onto canvass, as I stood on his studio floor, even in the mandatory unattractive slippers. The planks of wood, covered with edges of countless masterpieces, made up their own Pollack original.
I still can’t believe they let me stand on this magical spot! I’ve stood inches from some of the world's greatest art, but this was a truly intimate artistic perspective.