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

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