Ah, Swamiji

Dark Moon Journal

On my first day in Chandigarh, in between first class and second class; Swamiji called me back into the sitting room and  I got a quick minute alone with him before the other students were filling the room.  He asked me how I was, where I’d come from, how I had been keeping. He then asked me how many kilos I’d gained.

Because he knows me, and I know him, in this very deep and simultaneously very impersonal way, I knew he wasn’t asking me about the weight. He was asking me about my mind.

I flashed back on all the conversations I’ve had with him about Ayurvedic eating, my prolonged weak digestion, what I should do, what I shouldn’t do.  This man has been helping me in so many ways for so long and yet here I was…..

But then there was this other flash.  The guilt and shame…

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Fifty Not Frumpy Blog

Fifty Not Frumpy Blog

Everyone who knows me in real life is aware that I am a little stylistically challenged! My fashion sense evolved in the late 60s, an era of jeans, turtlenecks, and no makeup. The media is totally saturated with images of the young, thin, muscular, and beautiful people – I’m happy to see that folks over 50 are not treated like yesterday’s trash. We do have money and we are ready to spend it!

Diane Keaton Refuses to Give In to Aging

Diane Keaton Refuses to Give In to Aging

I tell myself I’m free to do whatever the hell I want with my body. Why not? I may be a caricature of my former self; I’m still wearing wide-belted plaid coats, horn-rimmed glasses, and turtlenecks in the summertime. So what? Nobody cares but me. I don’t see anything wrong with face-lifts or Botox or fillers. They just erase the hidden battle scars. I intend to wear mine, sort of. At least that’s what I say to myself.

“Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty.”

“Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty.”

10 Things Diane Keaton’s New Book Teaches Us About Aging Gracefully

4. Your brand of imperfection can be your most powerful asset. “I’m talking about finding whatever works for you to get out the door every day, I’m talking about the flaws that eventually take on a life of their own. The ineptness that makes you who you are. I’m talking about women who make us see beauty where we never saw it; women who turn wrong into right.”

Ten Reasons Why Yoga Makes You a Sexy Beast!

Ten Reasons Why Yoga Makes You a Sexy Beast!

1. Yoga creates self-confidence. When you take care of yourself and cultivate a regular asana practice you feel better about you. Your shoulders are back and your spine is straight, head is held high. When you’re confident, people want to be around you. It makes everyone notice you. Self-confidence is totally sexy.

2. Better awareness. You’re breathing in life and you’re having a full experience. You notice and appreciate things more. Sure, saying all the right things might get you laid, but your awareness of something bigger than yourself makes you more engaging, compassionate and definitely more sexy.

Dianne Bondy

This article was written by Dianne Bondy who also wrote this inspiring article: Yoga: Not Just for Young, Skinny White Girls.

Her website is definitely worth a visit! Dianne Bondy Yoga