Zenful Dance 2016 Fall Classes – NYC

Hey Zenful Dancers!

I hope this post finds you all well, joyful and Zenful! ūüôā

I need your help.  I am teaching an 8-week Fall Sunday series in Manhattan beginning September 11 (12p-1:15pm) and I want to get the message out to as many folks as possible!

Some KEY takeaways:

  • It’s by donation only (suggested is $10/class but you pay what you can)
  • You don’t need any experience in meditation or dance
  • It’s fun ūüôā
  • It’s super gentle on the body
  • You leave feeling like you just came back from a mini-vacation which if you’re a New Yorker you know is PRICELESS

PLEASE PLEASE help me get the word out in your circles of friends and family and coworkers!  Zenful Dance is for anyone who could use a little help getting back to center.  Many, many Zenful thank yous in advance for your help!
Here’s the link:

Zenful Dance Fall 2016 Registration
Keep on keepin’ on,

Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

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. ūüôā

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

Red Light… Green Light!

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Wait… wait… wait… GO! Wait… wait… wait… GO! GO!! If this sounds anything like familiar to you than either you’re an expert “Red Light Green Light” gamer or you have encountered the hurry up and wait challenges that life often brings.

Living in NYC, my level of patience tends to fluctuate between absolutely nothing, and when I am mindful, slightly more than very little. This of course doesn’t leave much for my 9 million fellow New Yorkers I share the space with. It certainly doesn’t leave much for my coworkers and colleagues, and at the end of the day, there’s almost nothing left for my loved ones, friends and family.

Since this is ultimately a post about life balance and community, I’d love your input on how you find your patient place. How do you snuggle up to the red lights when you already have all the adrenaline rushing through your veins from the green? Do tell! Wait… ok yeah, please share. ūüôā

-TZB

Homage to Love

A Frenchman from Montreal and a California girl from New York met in Dallas last April.

On the 4th of July they met again in Queens and again in Marseille. It was love.  Simple and true.

The Autumn turned to Winter and her insecurities weakened her trust and doubt entered his mind for the first time.

Snow came to New York and Montreal and her love softened and warmed them both but he decided his love was not enough to strengthen what was now a delicate vulnerability.  He questioned everything.

They held each other in tears through the night and It ended this Tuesday morning in January in Montreal in the dead of Winter.

Spring will come soon.

TZB