Last week our family suffered an unexpected and tragic loss. Marshall was my first cousin, a few years older than me, and when we grew up he was a regular part of my life. As adults, we celebrated family occasions together, passover holidays, and only saw each other once or twice a year. He was a special part of our family and his death shook many of us to our core. The shock, sadness, and disbelief that unfolded as we all found out and came together was unmatched in my life. His death was a true reminder of life's preciousness, the enduring memories of connection, and the extraordinary importance of honoring the individual gifts each of us brings to our family and our world.
The funeral touched me deeply. Marshall's siblings, friends, and children shared their experiences and the beauty of his life was palpable throughout the chapel. Heart breaking sadness was present...however, the sharing of personal stories brought roars of laughter and a poignant reminder of how our actions, gifts, and life experiences live on in the lives we touch each and every day. Like all of us, my cousin's life was full of challenges. Having said that, what will always be remembered is his Abundant Spirit, capacity for humor, deep connection to those he loved, and how he consistently showed up to meet the beauty of his life. May you rest in peace dear cousin, knowing the blessing of memories that you left in the lives you touched.
Blessings of peace,
This morning I had the Blessing of attending a gentle yoga class in my neighborhood. It was a small class of seven women who ventured out to a beautiful space in the woods to open their body, be with their breath, and connect inside. For me, part of the Blessing was that the facilitator, Natalie, framed our class by honoring the weekend theme of "freedom & independence."
Reflecting on freedom I remember times when life's challenges of stress, illness, pain, loss, or family unrest kept me feeling limited, bound, heavy, and unable to sense my independence. Over time I learned that liberation was closer than I thought. My heart always leads me to truth, so in perfect Caron fashion I turn inward to inquire...to listen. What will help me feel free alongside the strains in my current life? A resounding answer came from deep within me..."notice all the ways you are free...and look for freedom to show itself everywhere you look." Posture after posture I experienced liberty in my breath, opening in my body, and a true sense of independence in my heart.
My prayer is even if your life is heavy right now, you look for the freedom in your heart so you may embody it in your life. Always find ways to celebrate your independence and your freedom to be you! It's a gift we all need to see!
Sending prayers of liberation to all those who are living lives of slavery, persecution and oppression...we are lifting you up, envisioning your freedom and fighting for your causes.
God Bless those who fight for causes of freedom, honor, liberty and independence for all.
Blessings of love, light, and peace!
May always holds a special place in my heart. Life bursts from winter's brittle bones and captivates my senses like no other season. I'm compelled to spend more and more time outside drinking each new bloom, bush, and tree that opens before my eyes. It seems the birds even sing louder as they busily build their seasonal nests preparing for their babies. What I'm most aware of is the pace of Spring.
Last week I watched a beautiful movie on PBS called, "The Soul of the Elephant," by filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert. The film took place in Botswana and allowed for an intimate look at the behaviors, family life, and compassionate soul of the these extraordinary seven ton giants. I was truly touched by a segment early on in the film. A baby elephant was born, and lovingly supported by it's herd until it landed on all four feet. What followed moved me even deeper... the herd "adjusts it's pace" to meet the needs of the newborn elephant. The visual was breathtaking. It made me consider my pace, and reflect on how I've adjusted my steps to be more and more present to what's important in my life.
I've seen adjusting one's pace to be a major challenge for people who are in pain. Our bodies deserve our compassion, respect, and gentle guidance as we negotiate activity during times of healing. My clients continue to challenge their aching bodies to show up for them just as they were before their pain. Each and every time healing is prolonged, suffering increases, frustration and sometimes aversion with one's body manifests when a merciful adjustment of pace is all that's needed.
As the wonder of spring unfolds, consider your pace and if it is in alignment of the temple you inhabit. Take yourself by the hand and walk with you! I love this quote by Albert Camus, "Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend."
Blessings of love & joy ~ Caron
Last night I had one of the best nights I've had in a very long time. My husband and I had friends over who we haven't seen for several months. I had a full day of work and wasn't quite sure how it would all come together. Deeper inside me, I silently committed to focus on the excitement of seeing my friends rather than all I had to do before they arrived. Our home was holiday messy and at the same time perfect as long as I saw it that way. Thanks to the support of my husband, all I needed to prepare dinner was ready to meet me inside of the fridge.
Excitement opened within me as I considered the menu and what would nourish us as we reconnected. Earlier, before work I looked up some recipes but couldn't come up with something that felt right. That is the case most of the time as my cooking always has a creative and passionate flair for combining textures, flavors, and colors. I'm no chef! However, you would never know it when I'm in cooking mode. One of the things that relaxes me and supports my peace is creating beautiful and nourishing food.
It was the first cold night of the season and I was filled with a sense of excitement as my husband lit the fire and committed to it's care. I put on the music and began my creative cooking venture in the kitchen. Everything prepared, kitchen cleaned up, table set, candles lit, we sat to enjoy a glass of wine and gaze at the fire before our friends arrived.
I reflected on the beauty of fire, received it's warmth, and experienced the transformative qualities of the blaze before me. Into the fire I released the stress of the holidays, the pain I carry for others who suffer struggling to find peace in the midst of pain, and the sadness I prayerfully carry for all those around the world who live with war each day of their lives. The sparks flare as light fills me...the pain lifts...and prayers unfold within me to shower peace within the hearts of all...dear G-d I wish it was that easy...however, the experience reshaped all heaviness into hope.
Our friends arrived, hugs all around. After some time catching up in front of the fire, we held hands to say grace before our meal. I could feel the energy running through us as we gave thanks for beauty of the meal, for each other, our children and grandchildren, parents and furry friends, prayers for filled bellies in those who are hungry, and peace throughout our world. The meal was delicious, and music mutually enjoyed. However the healing nature of friendship, food, and fire filled me with a sense of peace that called me to share it's essence with all of you.
Many Blessings of Peace during the holidays...find what nourishes you, and do as much as you can of it each and every day. ~ Caron
I always feel the "September Shift" within me. My sandals get their last licks, schedules change, school year traffic begins, and I can even sense the leaves getting restless as we move toward Autumn. Over the years, I've noticed there is a swing of my inner rhythm as the seasons change. Are there adjustments that happen within you, in your schedule, or the way you live your life during the change of the seasons? Take a few moments today to consider what would support you as September begins.
September's class schedule is included below. It's been wonderful to keep in touch and see those of you who have been able to come out to Jericho, NY. I am using Meetup for scheduling as it is an great way of reaching local community. It's also a user friendly resource for you to find different classes that are close to your home and suit your interests. Sign up for free today and begin exploring your options! Also included for those of you who live on Long Island is a schedule of some interesting events happening this month. Click here!
I'll be teaching a new 6 week Turning Inward course, October 1st. The course is open to new and returning students. I've received lots of feedback from return students that each time they take the course the capacity to move deeper into personal commitment, inner connection, and manifesting change improves. That's been wonderful to hear! Please sign up for Turning Inward here.
I'm including a link to an article about meditation research from Harvard that has some interesting conclusions. These findings resonate with my personal meditation experience. Over the years my practice has gifted me with more focus, capacity for presence, and personal peace. Read the article here. This month I will be teaching a new meditation class on Thursday evenings. Come join me to begin your practice or to strengthen your ongoing commitment.
Enjoy the Blessings of September! There are still plenty of fresh local fruits and vegetables at your local Farmer's Market. Drink in the last days of summer and take time to plant seeds for what you are wanting to create this Autumn.
Blessings of peace,
As an unexpected blanket of snow covers our home I feel so reflective about some of the sessions I’ve had with clients this week. So hard to articulate the challenges of those living with chronic pain and symptoms. Family and friends might see these folks as whiny, emotional, unmotivated, lazy and many other words I’d rather not express here. However, the lack of support and compassionate presence from friends and family create the isolation and separation that increases the chances of one remaining in that state even longer. My prayer is that those of you suffering remember that you are loved even when others can’t relate to your pain and don’t know what to say or how to support you. Don’t ever give up, and know that healing begins as you support yourself with the unconditional loving heart that you are seeking from others. Many Blessings of Peace and healing to all who are suffering tonight and may you plant seeds upon this beautiful new moon, eclipse, and equinox for your health and healing. ~ Caron
We can always come back home to ourselves no matter how far we've traveled from what we know to be the truth for our lives.
Yes, all the moments, each one ... a potential to awaken to the abundant wellspring within you....of hope, healing, nourishment, and Grace.
Connecting within I sense the timelessness of each breath. I ride the ocean within me, each breath calming perceived storms, the waves quieting to receive the peaceful rhythm of presence.
Namaste....Monday Blessings of Peace....Caron
I woke on this very chilly winter morning to write to you about love. We live at a difficult time of mass exposure to images and articles about pain, abuse, war, and violence from all around the world, and it can be challenging to keep the energy of love awake within us. However, love, "unconditional love" is the only energy I know of that transforms true and extremely deep pain. Yes, pain in our body, emotions, thoughts, and spirit need love to heal. We need to be deliberately open to give and receive love.
Today we are reminded of love everywhere we turn. Take some time to consider how love is awake in your life, within your heart, towards yourself, and towards others. How to you live from love in your life? What are you passionate about? Consider the difference between romantic love, compassionate love, and the love we all need to awaken towards ourselves and each other to create change. It takes a true act of love to heal even the deepest of pains.
May you awaken to all the many ways you can lift yourself and others with the Blessings of Love,
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." ~ Lao Tzu
Today we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. We celebrate his message, his life, and the way he brought change to our country. When I was growing up there were pivotal moments in history that made me stop and listen. Mr. Kings message was one of them. As I sit today to write this blog those messages continue to be relevant.
We have a long way to go before there is truthful balance in how we live with others who come from different races, religious beliefs, and various cultural practices. As a holistic health care provider my belief is that the change begins in each one of us first and we bring those changes out into our world.
A few considerations for contemplation today as we honor the abundant Spirit of this extraordinary man. The following are some of my favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes.
They resonate with my body-mind-spirit and deep in my heart! Take a few moments to consider each one and see if they call you to action in your life.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
What is it you need to speak up about?
"If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk, If you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward."
What's one small step you can take toward creating change?
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
"Believe in yourself."
"We must build dikes of courage to hold back the fear."
"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend."
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."
"I have a dream..."
What is your dream?
God Bless Your messages of truth Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr!
Blessings of peace on your day,