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Thankfulness

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BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Imagine waking up on your most ideal day. What would it look like? Not a hard question to answer really, and if you asked 1,000 people, you would likely receive 1,000 different responses. Again, imagine waking up on your most ideal day. What would it look like? Would the sun be streaming in the window or would there be the soft patter of rain against the panes of glass? Who would be with you as you woke to your ideal day? Or would waking up alone be your preferred way to greet the ... Read More »

Create Your Own Path

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com In the many years I enjoyed coming to Marco Island as a tourist, walking the beach was the activity I looked forward to the very most. Sometimes, I would wake before dawn and walk north to the very tip of Hideaway Beach. I’d reach it as the sun came up and then meander my way southward, searching for shells and interesting debris deposited by the tide. I envisioned the Gulf as this enormous living creature that gathered shells and sand dollars and seawhip and starfish and dropped them at the water’s edge for ... Read More »

My Sisterhood of the Lycra Pants

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I feel that I’m in pretty deep. Not quite over my head, but once in a while, I am definitely treading water. From time to time I think about the fact that when my husband and I moved to this tropical vacation-land in Southwest Florida, I had a notion in my head that I’d be spending long hours at the beach with a flirty novel on my lap and an umbrella-clad beverage within reach. The reality of this mid-life transition looks remarkably different than the vision that was in my head, though. My ... Read More »

Go Ahead and Act Like a Child

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Before we learn to speak, our true nature is to love and be happy, to explore and enjoy life. As little children, we are completely authentic. Our actions are guided by instinct and emotions; we listen to the silent voice of our integrity.” — Don Miguel Ruiz   My husband and I have been blessed with four great children. They’re all grown now, self-sufficient and productive citizens. Hard-working and happy, and for this, I am thankful every single day. In turn, our children have blessed us with five grandchildren. All babies and toddlers. ... Read More »

Judgement

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Throughout the course of each day of our lives, we are tasked to make decisions. Small ones like, “Am I hungry for breakfast?” “What should I eat for breakfast?” “Do I have time for breakfast?”, or did I make the decision to sleep an extra 15 minutes and now breakfast consists of a stick of chewing gum and coffee at my desk? As our day gets rolling, the decisions we make might gain significance. After all, we get to decide how we dress, who we hang out with, what we are going to ... Read More »

Cleaning Out the Closet

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com   “It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small, and the fears that once controlled me can’t get to me at all!”- lyrics from “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel   I love a clean house. Shining countertops and freshly scrubbed floors. Beds made up with crisply cleaned linens, and bathrooms that smell, well, not like a bathroom. But, it goes even deeper than that for me. I love an organized home. “A place for everything, and everything in it’s place.” When I need a screwdriver or scissors, I can go to ... Read More »

Karma

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom …Our thoughts,our words, and deeds are threads of the net we throw around ourselves.” — Swami Vivekanada   Most of us have heard of karma. We consider it to be the result of an incident or series of incidents that happen by chance that create either positive feelings (“good” karma) or negative or cautious feelings (“bad” karma). I’ve had both lately and the effect was the difference between feeling consumed with joy and appreciation of life, and feeling fearful of the next step and what ... Read More »

You Have to Reach to Get to the Bottom of It

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Have you ever had one of those days where you just “don’t feel right?” But, of course, we all do! As we get older, those days seem to come more frequently than we like. One day you wake up and your neck refuses to rotate to one side. If it does move, it’s accompanied by a cacophony of snaps and pops or the grinding sound of tires on gravel. Or quite possibly, you suffer from one of the most common ailments we experience in adulthood: low back pain. That annoying ache or discomfort ... Read More »

Lessons From a Dog

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BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT  Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com You may have heard the expression, “Everything you need to know you learned in Kindergarten.” Simple concepts like share everything and play fair. Don’t take things that aren’t yours, and wash your hands before you eat. How about clean up your own mess? Imagine how that one simple rule could alter the landscape and affect the human connection? If each of us, individually, were accountable for our own mess (AKA actions)? In my household alone, especially when the kids were growing up, abiding by that aphorism would have resulted in greater harmony. I agree ... Read More »

Renewing ‘Mind, Body and Spirit’

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Mind, Body and Spirit’ indeed! Dianne Saywell explores, embodies, enjoys and fortunately shares her experiences of mind, body and spirit with everyone she comes in contact with. I’ve know Dianne for only 18 months, but her influence has altered my life path, challenging me both physically and spiritually through yoga, and it is with her blessing (and guidance and encouragement) that I am able to share my own thoughts and perceptions with regard to the trilogy of peaceful living…That is, the flow between the mind, the body and the spirit. So, as Dianne ... Read More »

Wherever You Go, There You Are

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Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com “Be here. Now.” This is a phrase I often repeat to others — and especially to myself lately — as I began months ago to process my life to another area. I knew the wind direction to get me there, and kept my sails adjusted, but only ever so slightly as I drank in all of my last weeks/days on Marco Island. A student and I were talking about how to be fully present — to become one with the awareness of our surroundings, sights and sounds — when we are new to ... Read More »

Winds of Change

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Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com We can’t direct the wind; we can only adjust our sails. — Thomas Monson   Winds of change will come into every human life. We, aware of it or not, are always heading in a direction. This may be obvious at some point in our lives and not perceivable at other times. Did you ever take stock of your life and ponder just how you got here? Through the small adjustments (of the sails tacking) or the big decisions (turnabout the sails), you are traveling in a direction — toward a destination. The ... Read More »

CAT/COW Pose

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Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com Marjaryasana (marjari-cat/asana-pose) Bitilasana (bitili-cow/asana-pose) These two poses when connected in a flow offer tremendous benefits to the body. They are beginning poses, a warm up of gentle flexion and extension of the spine as it releases tension in both the front and back body. They stretch the neck, gently massage the organs and increase circulation within and around the spinal column. They teach proper pelvic movement for greater ease in all our other motions. The tension that builds in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine and surrounding tissue can lead ... Read More »

Remaking Memories

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Body , Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com Last year traveling with our closest friends in Europe for three weeks, we shared many stories while in the car with each other. I remember specifically telling a story from many years ago about a family that stood out to me as rather pleasant. There was an individual in the car that recalled the circumstances surrounding that nice moment for me, and shared his “truth” about his version of it. It was composed of a bit more darkness than I had remembered. My mind did a little scramble of sorts, and my ... Read More »

A Bit Fit or Nit Wit?

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Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com Allowing (more like forcing) myself to relax in the adirondack chair under the semi-shade of a big tree in the yard, I contemplated my Fit Bit. Gazing up at the branches of the tree that looked sick or dying, I noticed that they were not bare with illness but full of buds of growth about to spring out! One branch, one bundle of this growth loosely gathered alone at the end of a long branch caught my eye. Then looking down at the thick layer of leaves on the ground, I spotted my ... Read More »

YOGA: So Much More Than a Pose

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Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com Yoga is a sophisticated system, a way of living and a guide for a free and joy-filled life lived authentically. I often refer to the phrase: “Happiness is when what we think, what we say and how we act are the same.” Integrity is defined as the state of being whole and undivided. The opposite of that is being imbalanced, polarized, at unease with oneself and the world. Here is where YOGA comes in. We find in the practice of the pose our obstacles that we have erected and gently inhabit them and breathe ... Read More »

The Energy of Life

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Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com Prana is sanskrit for “life force.” The energy that moves life. The sea awakens to the rise of the sun. Our bodies become upright as the day breaks and the flowers open, often turning toward the sun witness and receive this force of all forces. The river and the birds settle down when the day closes with God’s artwork, the sunset. The energy is ever present and ever changing. Like us. The body of water has high tide and low tide points that can and do literally change the shape of an island slowly ... Read More »

Honoring the Individual

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Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com Reclining in the pre-dawn hours of the rainiest camping weekend ever, I sip my coffee in this little, cozy space and feel happy as I watch Fred Astaire conducting a big band orchestra and move his feet in a brilliant, successful attempt to show us what the music looks like through dance. What a talented human being! I am grateful that this talent was recorded through the visual art of filming. Last night, my husband and I were listening to Paul McCartney, as were blessed with a dry period for a couple of hours ... Read More »

SO WHAT?

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BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com Camping in the rain. Okay, in a trailer, but still. I saw the weather forecast, and being an optimist, I decided 50 percent chance of rain meant 50 percent chance of no rain. So, the odds weren’t on my side — SO WHAT? We managed to observe a fairly uncomfortable nature walk with spirits high enough for a kiss on the canopy boardwalk. I did think, “Darn,” (might have used a different word), and then made the decision to say, “So what?” so as not to completely ruin the day. I have an ... Read More »

Mountain Pose: Tad asana (tah-dahs-anna)

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Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com Mountain pose is a standing pose and starting pose for many other poses commonly practiced in yoga sessions. You are standing strong and tall as the name suggests, unwavering and focused in the present. It represents a strong foundation, and is full of power and meaning when taken and used to stabilize not only your physical body but also your mind and spirit. You may find yourself at first swaying a bit, or slightly moving back and forth. Given time, focus and a few cues, though, you will discover the mountain within, and be ... Read More »