Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

     I have the absolute greatest memories of my childhood. In fact, if you know me, chances are you have heard me start a sentence with: “Once, when I was little….”
One such memory is going on ‘adventures’ and ‘explorations’ with my brother and sister all over the land behind our house. We came up with the coolest stories about all the treasures we found. It’s funny how when you are young, anything you find is a Treasure, with a story. But as we grow up, we label it Junk. Anyway, one time we even found an old one-room broken down shack that had stacks of books in it. Really gross piles of it, like a harvest for spiders and such. But of course we never thought of that at the time. These books were so fascinating to me because they were all in Japanese. So the writing was down the page instead of across the page. We had no idea what they said, there were no pictures, but I thought the writing was so pretty.
First-We would set out and find a stick. This was the important part. The stick was to help you hike and explore, but most importantly, to ward off the scary creatures we were sure to find. Like the neighbor’s dog. Behind our house was a macadamia nut farm, and to the sides were coffee lands. So there was a lot of exploring to do. We would always find sea shells in the dirt, and since we were about 3000 feet above sea level, this always baffled us. We came up with the idea that a Huuuuge tidal wave washed up over the land and left them there for many many years, and we just happen to find them because we were such great adventurers. I think years later I found out that Opihi shells are used as mulch for the macadamia trees. But isn’t my story so much cooler??
So- one of my absolute favorite books when I was a kid was Where the Wild Things Are. I’m sure most of you know it, it spans generations. I am so happy to announce that Spike Jonz is making a movie adaptation! The link above is to the trailer, and it is SO good. It is not embedded, so just click twice to be taken to youtube. It is exactly how I felt as a kid and went on my adventures! It seriously made me feel 8 again…

Meet you in San Francisco

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London june '08

Remember that skyscraper down by the Embarcadero?? Remember that? That was cool.

Headed to the airport in: t-minus 2 hours… I packed a change of clothes, my yoga mat, and… your anniversary present! What?! You know I can’t wait another 10 days! You’ll have to open it today. If I even bother to wrap it. You know how bad I am with surprises. So excited to see you, love.

Yessss……

 

“The highs and the lows and the dancing in between…”  

My love, can’t believe you will be back in California tomorrow. The end of another tour, the start of another birthday week. Ha! I’m so excited to see you…

Meet you in San Fran for lunch? 😉

Us and Them

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Why is it… and I know this is ridiculously petty, but why is it that I am STILL annoyed when I see W ’04 stickers on cars?! And it isn’t just those stickers, I have a list: 

Bush/Cheney

McCain/Palin

Yes on 8

Protect Marriage

NObama

I could go on and on, but you get the idea. When I see cars with those messages, it makes me cringe! And this is not something I am proud of. I try to be yogic in my actions. Try being the key word here. I know that I am supposed to accept that they have their own opinion, and love them anyway. But when their values strongly oppose mine to the point that even the sight of a little sticker on the back window of a car makes me feel like I’m being attacked, it’s kind of difficult. But yet, and this is hard for me to admit, when I see stickers that share the SAME opinions as mine, I feel happy!? Are MY kind of stickers better than THEIRS? Just the question makes me sound like I’m five. But it’s this feeling of us against them. Now here’s the crazy part. If I am at a light and I happen to look over at the person next to me, and we make eye contact. Maybe we smile, maybe we don’t. But there is no judgment either way. Until… they drive away and I see a sticker on their back window that I don’t like. All of a sudden, they are ‘those kind’ of people. *sigh*

I don’t want to be like this. And when I realize something about myself that I don’t like, I actively work on changing it. I am all about diversity, equality, love and acceptance. So unless I want to live my life as a complete hippocrite, I must accept that even those sticker people fall under the umbrella of diversity and equality. And seriously, I can’t say: I believe in equality for everyone that I like, but not for people who make me mad. Ha! Even typing that out makes me feel embarrassed and silly. 

So. I am going to put my challenge into practice. Today as I drive, I am going to smile at the Hater with the stickers next to me. Ok, ok, I’m just kidding. I couldn’t pass that one up. What I mean is, I’m going to smile at the person with their own opinion and values and the W ’04 sticker on their car, and know that in the end… we won. No! That’s not it either. (why is this so HARD for me??)

All kidding aside, I am going to be more patient and accepting to those who oppose my values. It’s a lesson I learned all growing up, and it’s even in the Yoga Sutras for crying out loud. If I truly want to see myself as the yogi I think I am, then this is the least I can do. In the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra says: “I will allow myself and those around me the freedom to be as they are. I will not rigidly impose my idea of how things should be.”

So does anyone want to join me in this? Today, try giving a little love to or having patience for someone or something that previously made you scowl or unhappy in some way. It might make you feel good! And make sure that if you do, it truly comes from the heart. It’s changes like this, little shifts in consciousness that are going to make the world a better place… 

Coexist.

 

 

UPDATE: OK, so the VERY first car I pulled behind when I drove today was a work truck with a HUGE red bumper sticker that said- GIVE WAR A CHANCE! 

Wow… does the Universe work in mysterious ways, or what?? I happened to be talking to my mom on the phone and she said, Oooh you should go and flash him the peace sign! (I love being raised by hippies-at-heart) So I did. I drove up next to him on the freeway and smiled really big and gave him the Peace sign. He looked startled and waved back with a huge smile. Whatever he was thinking doesn’t even matter. He was probably just waving to the crazy blonde in the BMW, but he did smile. And that was enough for me…. 🙂

Guruji

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Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the beloved ‘Guruji’ of Ashtanga Yoga, died yesterday morning, May 18th, at the age of 93 in Mysore, India.  He would have been 94 this July.  Along with B.K.S. Iyengar and T.K.V. Desikachar, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois can be credited with carrying along the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya, who is largely regarded as the founder of modern yoga practice. Guruji was one of the most prominent figures in yoga, having taught thousands of students over decades as the founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India.  He was also a major force in bringing yoga to the West.  To his many devoted students, he will be greatly missed.

“If we practice the science of yoga, which is useful to the entire human community and which yields happiness both here and hereafter – if we practice it without fail, we will then attain physical, mental, and spiritual happiness, and our minds will flood towards the Self.”  -Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Trust in good.

 

taken in our yard with my new lens (thanks Kaleo!)

taken in our yard with my new lens (thanks Kaleo!)

 

 

You know the old saying, “When things seem too good to be true, they probably are”? Well I think that’s just pure rubbish! I want to subscribe to the thought of, When things seem too good to be true, put your trust in it and believe that it actually CAN be that good! I mean, why the hell not, right? If we go around thinking that good things just can’t possibly be happening to us, then that’s just the reality you might be creating for yourself. On the other side of the coin, if you believe that you are worthy and ready for great things to happen to you, then you open yourself up to the most incredible possibilities. For example, right now there are multiple opportunities that have fallen into my ‘Lapland’ (as Ulrika and I call it), that I previously had only dreamed of. And my first instinct was to say, Yeah, well we’ll see what happens. That lasted about a minute and then I realized that I needed to put all of my energy into making it a reality instead of being cynical, or ‘realistic’ if you must. The truth is, we really don’t know what could or could not happen, so we might as well focus on the positive. I think that as a general rule, we as humans want to protect ourselves from disappointment. But if it doesn’t go our way in the end and we have a moment of disappontment, is that any worse than being negative the whole time just to soften the blow? I think not. Any length of time spent being positive, happy and excited is well worth a moment of disappointment in my book.

Ok, a few of you out there might be thinking: Wow, SOMEone lives in a land of rainbows and butterflies…

But- what if I’m right?

Happy Mother’s Day!

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I want to wish all the mommies out there a very special day. Being three hours ahead of Hawaii, I had to wait until noon to make my calls, which seemed like a lifetime. Of course, I could have just called earlier, but the chance that one might get to sleep in on Mother’s Day is a good one, so I waited. I wish I could be there… 😦  Nothing like giving your mom a hug on mother’s day. It’s been far too many years since I was able to do that since I live here now. We have so many wonderful women in our families, both Kaleo’s and my side. I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by such beautiful, strong, loving, intelligent and compassionate ladies. Here’s to all of you! I love you all and I’m so grateful to have you in my life.

Mom, I hope you decided on what to wear. I know that whatever you chose, you look beautiful.