Affluenza

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affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.

Some of my favorite ways to spring clean:

  1. Attend a clothing swap party. Go with three bags and return with one.
  2. Decide the remaining leaves from last fall make the perfect mulch for spring flower beds.
  3. Pack away everything but your favorite stuff from your main living space and wait a month to see what you miss. If you can’t remember what is in the box you must not need it.
  4. Donate all cloths that don’t fit or are the wrong color. What doesn’t work for one person will be a perfect fit for someone else.
  5. Learn to fix a broken household item rather than replacing it.
  6. Re-pot and fertilize your houseplants. Tell them a good story while you are at it.
  7. Oil all the wood furniture in the house.
  8. Arrange all the books in Dewey Decimal System (only half kidding) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dewey_Decimal_Classification
  9. Give the pets a spa day.
  10. Make sure every bicycle in the garage is in riding order. Now ride them.

Suggested reading:

  1. Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic (Bk Currents) by John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H Naylor and David Horsey (Sep 1, 2005)
  2. Too Much Stuff: De-Cluttering Your Heart and Home by Kathryn Porter (Mar 10, 2006)

  3. Living Simple, Free & Happy: How to Simplify, Declutter Your Home, and Reduce Stress, Debt & Waste by Cristin Frank (Mar 15, 2013)

  4. Wabi Sabi: The Art of Everyday Life by Diane Durston (Aug 1, 2006)

  5. The Wabi-Sabi House: The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty by Robyn Griggs Lawrence and Joe Coca (Nov 23, 2004)

Meditation, Anatomy & Pranayama Oh My!

Below I have listed my current favorite free stuff online:

  1. Free audio downloads for a little meditation guidance –   http://yogapsychologymagazine.com/practices.html
  2. The Anatomic Pose Viewer is so much fun & educational – http://www.bandhayoga.com/flyarounds.html
  3. Try the pranayama demo (at the bottom of the page at this link) –  http://www.saagara.com/yoga

Me excited!

Published in: on May 4, 2011 at 5:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Free Yoga Class

Hello Everyone,

Heads up there is a free yoga class on Sat, Oct 2 from 1:30 – 3. It will be held at the Yoga Tree of Boise on the corner of Fort Street and Washington Street. Hope to see a bunch of you there.

For more info visit their website at www.yogatreeofboise.com

Published in: on September 28, 2010 at 6:20 pm  Comments (2)  
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What was I doing?

What was I doing when I ……

  1. Was alert, but relaxed.
  2. Stayed firmly connected.
  3. Kept a look out for hazards.
  4. Early detection was key to my safety.
  5. Breathed deeply and consistently.
  6. Exhibited boldness without being reckless.
  7. Smiled and communicated to fellow humans.
  8. Enjoyed the unexpected ‘hello’ of a friend.
  9. Reveled in the weather; the sun, wind and rushing water.
Published in: on September 3, 2010 at 10:01 pm  Comments (2)  
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GET HAPPY – 2

Some more things to add to our list of ‘happiness builders’.

  • Take a bike ride. Especially consider riding your bike instead of driving to run an errand. You will gain happiness from the exercise, sunshine, money you save on gas, good you are doing for the planet and the errand that gets crossed of your list 😉
  • Smile at a stranger. Smile at a friend. SMILE at a FAMILY member!
  • Bring flowers to someone you love.
  • Forget to multi-task.
  • Make a donation to charity or volunteer.
  • Give someone an unexpected compliment.
  • Meditate on gratitude.

Till next time….hope you are all enjoying a happy and safe 4th of July.

Published in: on July 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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GET HAPPY

What makes us truly happy in life?

Sometimes we fall so deep into our routine rhythms of life that we forget to even think about the ideal of happiness.  When our mind does land on the subject it can take us by surprise.  How did I get here, am I happy and what would make me happy are often questions that arise.

It is my belief that if we start to ask these questions while making even the most mundane decisions in life, slowly happiness will begin to bubble to the surface.  For example, while at the grocery store we often make hundreds of decisions without even thinking.  How do these decisions effect us, in particular our happiness?  Well….if we buy foods that have ingredients that ultimately make us feel icky our health will decline…..feeling icky can cause you to be grouchy….which can lead you to mistreat family and friends or simply not enjoy activities….which ultimately leads you further away from happiness.  This is just a general overview.  Imagine if you start to take into consideration the details that get effected by that trip to the grocery store: blood sugar levels, quality of digestion, intake of caffeine and alcohol,  adequate vitamins and minerals, etc. And this is just your trip to the grocery store!

Let us quickly look at other simple things we can do in our everyday lives that will up our happiness quota:

  • Never bring junk mail into the house, throw it away at the post office or directly in the trash. Remove yourself from mailing lists and feel good about saving trees, human energy and reducing your exposure to unwanted junk mail.
  • Watch a PBS program instead of commercial TV.
  • Eat at the dinner table, with candles lit (instead of in front of the TV).
  • Read a good book.  Visit the library.
  • Write a letter on pretty paper using a nice pen.
  • Take your dog for a walk. Both of you will get exercise, sunshine and fresh air.
  • Hold hands with someone in public.
  • Eat fruit directly off the tree or vine. You will almost be able to taste the sunshine in it!
  • Use your imagination, make something with your hands or work in the garden.

This will be a series of entries and I plan to add to this list.  What would be on your list?

Published in: on July 3, 2010 at 7:04 pm  Comments (2)  
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Best Deals In Town!

Library!

Free books, movies and music! If you don’t already use the library, please check it out.  We are so lucky to have such a generous public service.

Libraries Matter….they enrich our lives, promote reading and connection with our culture, instill a lifelong love of reading, nourish our creativity, preserve our past and broaden our horizons.  Now that is Sexy!

www.boisepubliclibrary.org

Boise Art Museum – $45/year ($35 for students and seniors)

http://boiseartmuseum.org

Core BAM Member Benefits

  • FREE admission for an entire year to the Museum for BAM cardholders
  • Free subscription to BAM’s quarterly newsletter and monthly e-newsletter
  • Special discounts on BAM art classes and workshops for children and adults
  • FREE admission to BAM’s monthly education programs
  • 10% discount (plus $5 coupon) at the BAM Store
  • Invitations to exhibitions previews and special events
  • 20% off room reservations at Hotel 43
Published in: on June 10, 2010 at 8:36 pm  Comments (1)  
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