Say YES to life

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Dec 242012
Each day I wake up in Puerto Vallarta in the winter and Vancouver in the summer and I am  delighted to be living my dream of teaching yoga each day, hiking two times a week and generally smelling and eating up the moments of my splendid existence.
One of my favorite poets is Mary Oliver.  Her quotes and poems tickle my spirit to say yes to life each and every day.
Here is a sampling of Mary’s passionate approach to living in bliss:
“When all is over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made my life particular and real. When it is all over I want to shout . . . I was a bride married to amazement.  I was the groom taking the world in my arms. I don,t want to end up simply having visited the world “

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Fearless Living

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Dec 072012

The feeling of fear is useful sometimes. It startles us away from danger. It warns us to be wary of moving too quickly in decisions. It beckons us to contemplate all sides of what could be.

But many of us let fear rule our world, debilitate our souls to move forward in life.

My yoga practise has taught me to be less fearful, to grasp life and go for it, to cherish the impossible, to breathe, to feel, to be present when things get tough and to trust ” I do know.”

I love these few quotes that I keep dear to my heart when fear knocks at my door.  I am sorry I do not know the authors names.

Fear is the cheapest room in the house I would like to see you living in better conditions. 

Fear is only as deep as the mind allows

Fear always springs from ignorance 

Fear equals F=false E=evidence A=appearing R = real….false evidence appearing real 

Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed. 

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer that brings total obliteration. I will face my fears. Will permit it to pass through ,me and when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see it,s path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I remain. 

This poem changed my life. It was my mantra when I doubted myself and wanted to hide from life.

I will not live an unlived life
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Destroyer of Obstacles

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Nov 252012

ganeshaGanesha is a deity who is the destroyer of all obstacles, evil, vanity, pride and selfishness and the promoter of success. He also is the guider of knowledge and wisdom .  Ganesha, being the destroyer of obstacles and the lord of Good fortune is the mentor of practicing a puja, a quiet meditation to identify a problem or a struggle you are having in your life.  It can also be a time to practice and appreciate the feeling gratitude in your life.  It is a common practice in India.

When I traveled to India my yoga practice started each day with a puja.

Try it …lie on your stomach, forehead into the ground (this is the connection of your third eye, an energy center called a chakra, a center of wisdom).  Think of one obstacle you have in your life and keep saying it over and over again without trying to figure out how to solve it.

If you don’t have an obstacle right now, center your mind and heart on all the good fortune and gratitude you have in your life.

Spend 5 minutes centering your meditation on these concepts.

Good luck in getting to know a life of good fortune.

What Will Matter?

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Nov 252012

What matters most to you in life? Many of us are so busy doing and producing we forget to remember the essence of why we are on this earth and how the value of our days on earth will be measured.

Here is a poem by Michael Josephson that brings clarity to me about my choices I can make in my life.

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten will pass onto someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.
So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do list will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won’t matter where you came from, what side of the tracks you lived on at the end. It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought but what you built, not what you got but what you gave.
What will matter is not your successes but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence but your character.
What will matter is not how many people knew you but how many feel a lasting loss when your gone.
What will matter is not your memories but the memories that live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered , by whom and for what.
Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters.

May I suggest . . . . . go for a quiet walk or sit in your meditation and ask yourself today, don’t wait . . . .


Namaste. May the reverence in me salute the reverence in you.


Peaceful tree at the top of Haleakala – Hawaii – November 2012


Mexican Schools Project 2009 Fundraiser

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Jul 072011

The 2nd annual Mexican Schools Project fund raiser held on Wednesday July 22, 2009 on the waterfront in sunny Vancouver British Columbia Canada was an overwhelming success.

Through selling 65 tickets and procuring many silent auction items which went close to their asking price, the amount raised was over $15,000.

This money will go towards building a kindergarten school in a very remote fishing village called Corrales, and towards a donation to the Pasitos de Luz special needs school in Puerto Vallarta.

Thank you so much to Bob, Patsy and Sandra for their great organization, passion and energy.

Thank you all who so generously donated to this worthwhile cause.


Barbara Crompton, a lover of Mexico and it’s people.