Thank You David Bowie

I do not claim to be original or self-important in posting the following commentary, but rather, heartfelt:  
There are few artists in my lifetime that have influenced and moved me more than David Bowie. His music, words, art and fashion were an extension of his brilliant, eccentric, big-picture-forward-thinking mind. He lived his life on his terms, which seemed (to me) without exception but always exceptional. I have been in awe of this man’s courage and extraordinary ability to let his art shine beyond any obstacles that life put in his way. All the way to the end.  
If I could live with even an ounce of the creative beauty Bowie carried throughout his life, I will be grateful. Although I did not know him personally, I’m deeply grateful for his open-hearted energy and artistic expression, an approach that reached and touched me and millions of others in such a profoundly positive way. 
I am very sad to lose such an incredible force of golden-with-spikes-and-astronaut-helmet-eye-patch-gender-bending-square-suit-wearing-plastic-soul-music-with-a-real-soul man. I feel deeply saddened for his family’s loss and I mourn his loss along with the rest of the world. David Bowie, one of just a few idols I’ve held closest to my heart. And today I celebrate his incredible life. #thankyoudavidbowie

Top 10 Things I’ve Learned in 2015

Happy almost-New Year Zenful Dancers! 2015 was a tremendous year of a wonderful highs and several very low lows- grounds for learning better for next year!  Here’s my Top 10:

10. Let go.  Getting upset seems to affect me far more than I’ve openly admitted in the past. It makes me physically sick.  Sure there’s a time and place for getting upset, but to cling to the idea of it while it drives me into the ground is well, SO counterproductive! Plus, I can’t think straight and I prefer to think straight. 🙂

9. Health comes first.  Be healthy and stay healthy.  No more taking good health for granted.  Health problems affect all areas of my life including my job, my relationships and my mood, not just my body.

8. Meditation is a lifesaver, I should do it more.IMG_0768  I’ve had a morning practice for years.  Time to add evenings.

7. Everyone I cross paths with is my teacher.  If I remain open, I can learn and grow from everyone I meet.  What to do.  What not to do.  Valuable lessons.

6. There is peace of mind in saving more money and owning less stuff.

5. Stop underestimating myself.   I am capable of far more when I choose to stay the path and not give into being a victim.

4. Laugh everyday. I friggen’ LOVE to laugh and I have never made a conscious effort to do it on a daily basis.  Life is SO much better with belly-aching, side-splitting laughter!

3. Invest without setting expectations of specific results.  Easy to say but much harder to do, this is a big lesson for me this year.

2. I am capable of living an extraordinary life once I get out of my own way.  Enough said.

1. Being happy can bring others happiness.   I had always thought this notion was selfish but this year I learned that it doesn’t have to be bad-selfish, as long as being happy isn’t at the expense of others.  Rather, it can be the kind that radiates goodness to everyone around me.

Here’s to a successful 2016 full of happiness, love, joy, laughter, growth and GREAT health!

Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

The Safety Dance and Other Creative Roads to Recovery

Reblogging this one because it suits me today:

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Dance.  It was, has been and will always be my life.  It’s like a breath of fresh air when my lungs have been doused in polluted shit for what seems like an eternity.  I can breathe fully.

To have dance removed from my life is like learning how to speak again after the muscles and tendons in my jaw have been replaced with sand.  There’s only acknowledgement of a major change and frustration fills the areas where familiarity used to live.  The putting on of the helmet and the strapping on the seat belt.  The expression that was has now turned into a loss for words even though the thought behind those words still hovers in my sore throat.  Hovering is so annoying.

And to find my voice once again is a miracle.  Maybe not the religious type of miracle but a gift just the same.  I am dancing again…

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Buy That Guy A Sammy: Week 4 of Feeding NYC’s Homeless

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Hey Zenful Dancers!  As I wrap up my much-needed trip home to see family, I am thrilled to announce that this week’s sammy goes to Kevin.  He is a homeless newspaper vendor for Street Spirit, the homeless newspaper that the City of Berkeley supplies for free to homeless vendors looking to become more self sufficient and earn 100% of what they make for selling the newspapers (recommended donation is $1/newspaper) as an alternative to panhandling.  He still had a pretty good stack left to sell and he was super hungry so all I saw was an opportunity to BTGAS!  Kevin’s missing all of his front teeth, so he opted in for a (soft) chicken burrito and bottle of water totaling just under my weekly $10 sammy budget.  Huzzah!

Pay it forward Zenful Dancers and spread the word!

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

Buy That Guy A Sammy: Week 3 of Feeding NYC’s Homeless


Hey Zenful Dancers!  Last week on my way home to visit the family I found this in the Denver, CO airport.  $1.50 buys a meal for Denver’s homeless.  I put a little heart in there for some extra love since we can all use a little extra in this world. ❤️

Psssst!  Pass it on!  Who’s with me?

Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger