Gratitude @ Sunset reciting Loving Kindness Chants

May I be safe
May I be healthy
May I be happy
May I be at ease
May I be filled with loving-kindness
May I be peaceful

It’s time of gathering – family – friends – abundance – harvest – and at the same time, for many, it’s also time of deep reflection.  I know many have suffered a loss; I know many are suffering right now; so … I am lucky enough to worry more about how to get the time to go to the gym and a yoga studio to exercise and practice to better myself, to re-energize as Thanksgiving suppers have a tendency to turn us into sloths – but all the more – we need to take the time to take care of ourselves inside out.  In the hassle and bustle of the holiday season,  onslaught of social obligations and commitments, we need to take the time, carve out the time to be with nature and be on our mat for that meaningful soulful time to breathe and balance and strengthen not only our muscles but our resolve. Resolute in our resolve for strengthening our relationships, for disciplined self-care regimen, at this especially vulnerable time. Then, we can make space to really be present with each person we hold dear and precious in our lives. To really savor and truly appreciate this present moment, imbued in the golden Autumn light.

21 days until Winter Solstice.  Have you Yin-Yanged for wellness today?

Are you feeling whole and strong today?  Or are you feeling a bit sad, dull, sluggish or fragmented – if so, why?  And what would help you feel whole and strong again?

What if I said, soften your heart and be gentle with your words …

May you be safe
May you be healthy
May you be happy
May you be at ease
May you be filled with loving-kindness
May you be peaceful

Confiscated at TSA – 3.4 oz or 100 ml max please

These beautiful golden amber colored honey jars were taken out from my only luggage – the carry-on luggage as these are liquids and I learned that I needed to check-in my luggage if I were to keep these. I told the TSA agent, I will gift these to him and 2 other staff members there – they shook their heads and said that they cannot receive them per policy.  Whaaat – at that point, I realized I created food waste and that thought actually gave me physical pain.  I begged, please just take them, they are unopened sealed honey, and should not be wasted as they indicated they will be thrown out.  That breaks my heart. That these perfectly nourishing beautiful golden honey has to get … dumped.  So sad.  And here I stand for reducing food waste … but created them by not reading all the baggage rules.  I just wanted to travel light. Just 3 nights so, right?

Hoping that someone at TSA will break the rule and take these to their home or donate to any one on the other side of the security. They are pure raw unfiltered gold from flowers of Northwest hives …

This Thanksgiving week will mark one of highest air-travel period of the year. So please learn from my mistake – my 3 jars of Northwest raw and unfiltered honey were confiscated at TSA (honey jars bought as gifts) so so sad. You can only bring on board less than 3.4oz for liquids.  

Please don’t let this happen to you.