What IS Meditation (Really)?

As part of my work here on The Zenful Blogger, I am on a hunt.  I’m making it my mission to unearth the meaning of meditation as it’s applied to many different lifestyles around NYC (and eventually around the planet).  Big project.  Stay tuned for more on that.

Do yourself a huge favor and allow 10 minutes to find out from Sogyal Rinpoche, (an extremely seasoned) Tibetan Dzogchen Lama, what meditation really means to him: What Meditation Really Is – Sogyal Rinpoche

What does meditation mean to you?  Comment below and you will receive loads compliments from complete strangers about how lovely you are and finally get that $10M check in the mail from Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes… ok maybe niether of those things will happen but I and many of our other readers will appreciate your feedback very much! 🙂

Keep on keepin’ on,

Leah Joy – The Zenful Blogger

Zenful Dance 2016 Fall Classes – NYC

Hey Zenful Dancers!

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

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 🙂
  • 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. 🙂

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

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