Category Archives: Reflections

The Thing About Resolutions

I’ve had many resolutions – New Year’s or otherwise – in my lifetime.  Over the past few years, I have vowed to:
Read more
Wake up earlier
Practice yoga daily
Start running again? (can my hips still take it?)
Those last 5 pounds…..
Eliminate ALL processed foods from my diet
Befriend and utilize new media
Get my “stuff” together
Keep apartment clean
All of these start from a place where usually after reading a good book or an article, getting up early and doing my daily practice, and so forth that I was able to articulate that these were things that I consistently wanted for myself.
When I wasn’t able to integrate these intentions as often as I would have liked, I ended up getting disappointed and just walking away from it all together. I’d find myself just waiting for the point in my life when I had my “stuff” together. Perfect job, perfect body, perfect relationships with those I love.  Ultimately that perfection was never there. Especially the more I compared myself to others and measured their successes against mine.
This year I didn’t make any one resolution to a particular good habit or goal.  I’m committing to a new perspective -to see perfection where there already is and  to move slowly and deliberately towards larger goals.  Fine, I have not yet eliminated all processed foods, or consistently met deadlines, or stayed on top of laundry.  Just because I fall back into old habits here and there, does not mean that I deserve these things any less.
For instance, I recently got engaged over the holidays. And it is truly a wonderful time where it seems my excitement over planning our wedding and starting this new phase in our relationship tends to consume my thoughts.  Can it serve as a distraction in checking off items on the ever-growing to-do list? Certainly. But so what? Why shouldn’t I enjoy my engagement without feeling guilty about other tasks that are not getting met at the moment? After all, I know that intentions I have committed to years ago – studying healing and nutrition, having my own practice, getting married to my best friend – are taking shape, even through all the rough starts and detours. Why can’t I find perfection in what’s here and now?
I hope this year proves fruitful  for you in not only integrating your own resolutions into your life, but finding abundance and perfection in what already is.
Much love,
-dahlia

Finding Ground before the Holidays

Hello everyone and Happy Holidays!

This is truly such a special time of year – from the foliage and crisp fall air, to harvests of juicy apples, root vegetables, and fat ground-dwelling squash, to the times reserved for reconnecting with family.  It’s a time to settle in a more grounded space.

It seems however that some unsettling planetary forces were at play this past couple of weeks.  So many people I know have been experiencing major shifts in their lives or have had strange encounters of fate. The kind of moments that remind you that you do in fact belong to the world and are subject to its swirling forces of madness. Recently, I felt parts of my life get uprooted under cosmic tremors – and just in time for the holidays too when I’d have to go back to my family not in my best shape.

Writing down my thoughts allowed me in many ways to transform whatever was going on and create meaning.  I found myself writing “I can be at peace with this.  I can be at peace.  I am at peace.”  And slowly that became more and more of a reality.

As things shifted beneath me, I rediscovered ground as I integrated more self care in my life again – returning to a home yoga practice, soulful home cooking, soothing hot water bottles, and alone time walking with my dog through Rock Creek Park.  After all, it’s so easy to be present and compassionate for others, but it’s the self care that is often the hardest thing to prioritize.

Please check out my Holiday Rejuvenation Special, the perfect gift of self care your yourself or loved one, and the November recipe of the month- Sweet Potato Gratin… Yum!

India Outro

Hey there everyone,

It’s been a couple weeks now since I’ve returned from India and it’s so hard to sum up an experience like that.  My teacher Gopi led an amazing retreat to northern India from Vrindavan, the holy site of pilgrimage for many Hindus, to the Taj Mahal in Agra, to the beautiful madness of Delhi, and the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas.  It was a delicious appetizer that left me wanting more.  If anything, I know that India will always be a part of my journey.

Enjoy select pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dshaaban/sets/72157625021363019/

What struck me the most about my trip was what actually struck me.  I tried to allow myself to unravel into India, allowing experiences to unfold as they would, even as expectations crept up.  As a religion major in college, I expected to really connect with the devotional heritage of Vrindavan and while I appreciated its traditions and rituals, I didn’t really feel the sacred connection to the land until I went to the mountains.  It’s hard not to feel that sense of naked majesty surrounded by that natural temple.

When I was in the Himalayas hiking with the group back from Yogini’s Waterfall, I started walking a little bit ahead of everyone- both lost in my own musings and intentions but also a little cocky, thinking that knew the way back to Gopi’s sister’s lodge.  It wasn’t a matter of minutes until I realizing I couldn’t find a single ribbon that marked the path and no matter what ground I covered it all looked the same.  I had the moment of panic – !%#*!  Here you are lost in the Himalayas.  Way to go smartass.”

Still even fully facing my vulnerability, I couldn’t help but feel comforted by the mountains.  Ultimately, I knew I’d be fine and allowed that  be an intention.  While I felt small, I didn’t as my friend Karen says, feel insignificant.  It wasn’t before long until I stumbled on two very sweet local kids – Rahul and Abaid – who insisted on not only getting me back to the blue ribbons but getting me back to the lodge.  They told me when they were 14 they came across a man from Delhi who lost his way, only he was out in there for three days.  I can’t describe the gratitude that I felt at that moment.  And somehow I knew I’d been here before.

Since returning, I have been working on keeping that sense of humility and faith, knowing ultimately everything I’ve been working on is coming together, despite the stuff in the way.  Speaking of which, please enjoy my new website!!!  She’s an evolving work, so please do send me your feedback, suggestions, and questions!

Enjoy the contents of this month’s newsletter and I as always, I look forward to hearing from you all.

Much, much love,

-dahlia

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My vision for a holistic  health practice is one that relishes in and reconnects to the sacred quality of all things – from the nourishing power of food in healing the individual and building the foundations for communities, to the compassionate, therapeutic touch of Thai massage, to the divine flow of yoga which channels the conscious mind to connect to the sacred within. My approach is free of dogma and pursues paths that are indulgent, intuitive, and inspired.

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