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“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” John Milton, Paradise Lost…You say that like it’s a bad thing.



This morning I was inspired by Kathryn Budig’s sequence, “Twist into Fallen Angel”.  I am thinking about the nature of perfection and wondering about the concept of falling from grace and crash landings.

Yesterday I throughly enjoyed a day of lazing about, eating my annual bowl of potato chips, drinking a root beer (not even organic!) and watching the SuperBowl.  One die-hard in the group had to leave when it looked like the 49ers were going to be shut down before the half time show.  I, however, was happy to wait to the end hoping to see a spectacular comeback.  I was not disappointed, even if they did lose.  The lights went out, tension mounted, tempers flared, suspicions were raised, all fascinating stuff.  Even a fan had to admit: the Niners proved themselves worthy, the Ravens proved themselves worthy.  In retrospect, it will be remembered as an exciting game and what more can we wish for?

Just like our lives, even the minutiae of daily living becomes tasty and delicious as the days roll by.  Remember the drudgery of getting up for kindergarten?  “No, Mommy, please!” Now, 45 years later, what sweet memories I have of walking to school and witnessing the seasons change.  What if we can bring this to each day?  Taking time to see the good in the bad and the bad in the good.  To take time to steer ourselves back to our action based intentions without the story of shame and regret we write as we go.




Maria Young Ace Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (500) Independent Contractor providing the following services: Office Management, Bookkeeping, Web Design, Marketing and Instruction in Yoga and Martial Arts for children and adults. Black Belt, 4 year program, LockBoxing. Maria studied under Erik Lee and won Grand Champion at the Kuk Sool Tri-State Tournament in 2006. Experience Certified Yoga Instructor: 700 hour level. At Piedmont Yoga, Maria’s main instructors were Richard Rosen, Rodney Yee, and Clare Finn. To them she is eternally grateful. Richard Rosen, founder Piedmont Yoga Studio & editor of Yoga Journal says: “Among the 30...students Maria was always among the more assiduous and adept.  If you’re thinking of adding Yoga instruction to your program, then I highly recommend Maria for the job.” College: CSULB: B.A. English Literature, UC Berkeley: M.A. Comparative Literature