It's so hard for me to keep a blog more than once every few weeks. Ah, so it is.
I had an incredible year, I'm also thinking of the great year ahead. This year is ending in a grounding way, though.
I found out that I have "leaky gut syndrome" and am dealing with lots of supplements, medical professionals and mindfulness. I've always said that injuries are the universes way to slow us down. So, now it's my turn to ease the pace.
I'll have a new supplement routine to follow and look forward to optimal health! All the best for you, for me, for every living being. Good guts for all! Here's to slowing down to enjoy EVERYTHING. Even a leaky gut.
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Communicating The Highest Good
December NewsDon't buy! Donate. Seriously. Chances are you already have everything you need and so do your friends and family. Do we really need more *stuff*? It may be less romantic to donate to your favorite cause in someone's honor rather than buy them *stuff*, but there are people out there who need your resources more than your dad needs a new tie. Below are some of my favorite places to donate.Planned Parenthood
World Wild Life
And, this year, here's where I donated a lump sum in honor of everyone I would have bought a gift for. They even send out holday cards for you: Heifer International
Chicago Places to Donate
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Connections for Abused Women and their Children
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
KAN-WINThe Primo Center for Women and Children
StreetwiseYoga and ParaYoga®
SPECIAL ALL LEVELS
NEW YEAR'S DAY CLASS
1/1/12. Noon-1PM. Moksha Yoga
Going Beyond Rest & Resolution: Yoga Nidra & Sankalpa
This class is truly accessible, even if you're tired or hungover. First: simple yoga postures to loosen up. Next: rest on the back supported by props as I talk you into deep relaxation while seeding your New Year intention. Learn to achieve your goal!
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Room 300: 1575 N Milwaukee AveFlat Iron Building. the come-as-you-are basic yoga classI teach private yoga classes.Treat yourself or a loved one to personalized yoga attention. You'll receive your own practice to do at home. Email for details.
My public yoga classes:
Some Sundays, 11AM-Noon
@ Flat Iron Building
@ Flat Iron Building
@ Moksha Yoga
I'm proud to be a certifiedParaYoga Level I teacher. This is the culmination of studying with tantric teacher Rod Stryker for six years. Friend ParaYoga onFacebook.
I'm honored to be in this year's crazy panto production courtesy of Jon Langford, Sally Timms and the loonies at The Hideout. I play Julius Geezer!
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“all journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
– martin buber
Here I am with my most awesome 7 year old nephew in NYC over Thanksgiving weekend. Here are two lessons I'd love for him to learn in his long and glorious life.
This blog talks about regrets of the dying. They have regrets like wishing they didn't work so hard, they said what they felt more, they stayed in touch with their friends. Read this great blog entry for more lessons we can all learn.
My good friend Paul Hnatiw told me about a great meditation that transforms wealth consciousness. Nephew Maddox should learn this. Shifting from a greed/hoarding mentality to a realization that money is just a form of energy that must flow freely. Think of money as thank you notes and be grateful every time you give or receive it (even bills and taxes). If there is gratitude greed cannot exist. Than sending that energy into the Earth, Wall Street, and governments around the world!
There are many lessons I want Maddox to learn, lessons that I need to re-learn, myself. I plan to stick by his side on our respective paths towards self understanding in this life.
Here I am MCing for KAN-WIN, my fave women's advocacy group. I am honored to annually host their fund raiser. This was back in October. It's now December - where did the time go?!
Life keeps flowing, how am I engaging with it? I have so much online work to do. So many yoga classes to teach. And I compulsively organize events. Dinners with friends, benefit rock shows, MedMobs, producing a play for my theater company, A-Squared Theatre Workshop for next May, and more and more and more.
I create a world wind of activity. I grew up in chaos and am used to frenetic energy. I use this compulsion of activity for the powers of good, or I try to. Somedays I let my activities come before my meditation practice, which is not right.
In order for me to stay grounded to MC events, organize events, and perform at events, I need to create a grand stand of an event inside my soul. I need to sit quietly, make time for my inner self and go inwards. This is how I can engage with the flowing and going outside world, by grounding my internal world. Ready? Set? Go...inwards! Let the world flow and go! I'm ready.
Mia Park is a ParaYoga teacher in Chicago, IL, specializing in teaching Basic Yoga for Advanced Misfits, as well as teaching people how to cut through the junk to shine on.