Sunday, August 23, 2015

A SIP OF LIFE...


Think about how you wake up each morning. Are you hitting the snooze button, rushing to get ready for work, skipping breakfast or forgetting to do something? Transforming your morning from chaos to tranquility can have a profound effect on the rest of your day, and this meditation technique can help you develop that habit. A morning tea meditation is a beautiful mindful exercise that reminds you to slow down and appreciate the little things in life. It allows you to start your day the way you'd like it to go!

  1. Set up an area or sacred space for your tea ritual. Set up a chair and table area where you can have your tea, crystals and fresh flowers. Avoid reading the newspaper or a magazine, using your cell phone or unnecessary clutter. 
  2. Choose your tea, favorite mug and/or sweetener, and place them all out on the table. 
  3. Fill a kettle or pot with water, and place it on the stove to boil. As the water is boiling, don't do anything else. Just sit with patience. 
  4. When the kettle whistles, slowly pour hot water over your tea leaves or bag, and add any additions you would like.
  5. Sit at the area you designated for your tea ceremony.
  6. Before you take a sip, take a moment and give thanks for the cup of tea in front of you. So often, we take for granted the little things we encounter each day, but we are so fortunate to have them. 
  7. Enjoy your tea. To feel the power of this exercise, drink it slowly. Savor each sip, tasting the different flavors that exist in the tea. Feel each sip as it hits your lips and tongue, and how it soothes your throat, stomach and soul. 
As you finish your tea, give thanks again. Continue in a seated meditation for as little or as long as you'd like. Give thanks for all of the little things that make up your day. 

This post is 100% courtesy of Energy Muse www.energymuse.com
And if you are like me, after the pause, reflection, and thanks you can play some great tea music like Tommy Dorsey When I take My Sugar to Tea....
 
Happy Sipping~

Monday, July 27, 2015

MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH A CERTAIN BEER...

A HIP HOP
If you are going to fall in love why not fall in love with someone or something that can inspire you, intrigue you, make you giddy, and fill you up with joy….
Well, Brother Thelonious did just that. The story goes like this. I was walking by this neat little liquor store (Needham Center Fine Wines to be exact). They had the most incredible display in the window. This beer stood out and sold out. The beer was Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale. On the bottle there is a drawing of the late great Jazz Pianist Thelonious Monk.  It’s a hip sketch like the man himself. The bottle alone was enticing. I went into the store to learn more. I found out it’s from award winning North Coast Brewing Co and it’s a top notch brew. I had to try some.
When I got home I poured my new friend into a tall glass and immediately liked the rich amber color. When I tasted it I flipped.  There were hints of vanilla, caramel, and clove! This was the hippest, coolest, best tasting beer on earth!  It may have been inspired by an icon, with an artist painting his picture on the bottle, but, the beer is the real work of art here! I turned up the music and my spirits.
I drink very responsibly and creatively.  Now, each Friday night I take a different glass, from short, tall, fancy, and even from the bottle itself, and, I indulge in a BT; feet up, and relaxing before Shark Tank, or, as I get ready for a night out.  This beer excites me and makes me happy!
Please try this hip hop today.  And, there is even more….
North Coast Brewing Co. is proud to partner with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in support of Jazz education. The Brewery makes a donation to the Institute for every bottle of Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale sold. And, these generous brewers will be at the Newport Jazz Festival this weekend, August 1-2.  Why not head on over and listen to some sublime sounds while sipping this extraordinary ale. Summer just doesn’t get any better than this.  I say that from the vantage point of much experience. I haven’t missed the Newport Jazz Festival in over twenty years! Like the beer here, this event and the caliber of music is simply first class and spectacular! Taste and hear for yourself…. And always drink responsibly!
Newport Jazz Festival (with the Atlantic Ocean as its backdrop) http://www.newportjazzfest.org/index.php?pID=13
p.s. The skeleton in the drawing on the label represents our mortality...in other words life is short! ENJOY IT!

Monday, July 13, 2015

THOUSAND DOLLAR SEATS FOR FREE...

A look at the stage set up
for U2's current tour!!!
 
When I showed up to the TD Garden Saturday night thousands of lucky U2 ticket holders marched into the sold out show. Tickets for the July 10th show had gone on sale more than six months ago, and, sold out so fast they kept adding more shows. All four shows sold out pronto. U2 is a particularly fabulous band to see live. As one reviewer said, “They are the special effect.”  I have had the distinct privilege of seeing this lively and powerful Irish rock and roll band four times (the first time was 1980 at their very first Boston show). But, this past Saturday was different. I had no ticket. It had been years since I had seen Adam, Larry, Bono and The Edge. I missed them.
 Believing I would somehow get in I wore my tee-shirt from their 1981 October Tour for good luck. Being such a loyal and longtime fan and, feeling so connected to their unbelievable energy and longevity, something very good was bound to happen!
The lads in earlier days
 
I was with a dear friend who had not yet seen U2 live. My friend said “I’ll wait here while you do your thing.” This “thing” is wheeling and dealing and I have been told, often making impossible things happen. Turns out the only tickets left were being sold by scalpers at two hundred dollars a pop for the last row section. I was three hundred and ten dollars short. And even though we only had ninety dollars between us I couldn't picture myself in the last row. Things were not looking too good. Even every lone ticket at the window was gone and the scarce scalpers were selling out too. But, I believed I would find a way in and my friend believed in me!  I saw myself being handed a ticket…
After an hour of patiently pacing outside of the venue the scalpers were looking at me like well, you tired but, it’s not going to happen. One of them whispered to their buddy looking over at me, “This one doesn’t give up.” I was polite and honest. I simply told the truth. "I would love to get in but I have very little money." Earlier I had turned down two obstructed view tickets with the offer "give me whatever you've got."  I was starting to regret that I had passed on that. At this point we couldn’t even get two separate seats, or obstructed ones! Yet, I was so happy just to be there and for all those who actually had tickets. I knew what they were in for...a band that lovingly lifts you up so high and holds you there in the palm of their hands!
 Just as I walked back to assure my friend who was hanging out on the sidelines that I wasn’t giving up, the woman who had been selling the obstructed view tickets came over to me and asked again. Before I could answer, my kind ticket angel just handed them to me and said “Take them they are free! They're yours!” I was completely stunned!
I just stood there and yelled to the couple as they ran into the concert… “God Bless you!” I blew them a kiss. I really couldn’t believe it (even though on some level I had envisioned this ultra-lucky windfall).
One "hot ticket," that's me
 
We floated in. My friend practically skipping. And I was in my full glee and glory. I live for moments like this when everything is perfectly aligned and you are right there aligned with it all. It’s so empowering. It’s quite a rush and a real natural high.
We knew our section was literally in the last row of the last section behind the stage, so, naturally I kept walking the other direction. We strutted across the lobby and saw a black curtain that seemed to be calling. With all the confidence I had I pushed it open and casually walked over (bypassing two ushers) and sat down in what had to be a five hundred dollar seat in an area near the side of the stage! My friend followed suit. We carried on as if the seats were actually ours.  The roaring show started. Two of the best seats in the house were ours.

Twenty thousand screaming, rousing U2 fans just went nuts as Bono and the band came in from the back and just walked through the crowds via a long runway. It was amazing. It was spellbinding. It was rock and roll at its finest! If a soul can soar, mine  did that evening!
When they serenaded us with songs like I Will Follow, Where the Streets Have No Name, and Even Better Than the Real Thing, I had chills from head to toe. I had both hands in the air and was living life as much in the moment as possible. I felt like I could fly. My shy and reserved friend was dancing, and singing and running up to take close ups of the band, which I will eventually post here. 
The night was extraordinary and so was the band. I was grateful to my ticket angel, that my friends believe I am magic, and, that I didn’t give up! I had a super superior summer night that with the help of ONE ginormous video screen seemed to bring the past, present and future together perfectly. It was an awe-inspiring experience and all it cost was five dollars for some water. All that screaming, the will to succeed, and being so close to Bono makes one thirsty you know. At that point five dollars for a small bottle of water seemed like the deal of the century compared to thousand dollar seats for free!
 
 
 
 

Friday, June 26, 2015

ODE TO JOY....


I have a dear friend with great taste and fabulous jewelry. Whenever I comment on her amazing earrings and bracelets, and even the outstanding gifts she gives, she tells me everything is from Joy Raskin.  I recently went to visit Joy myself and was wowed with her talents. We have become friends. Those of you who have been following this blog know that I often discover some ultra fantastic finds even before Oprah, and with the mushroom coffee, even before Dr. Oz! So, before all of her work sells out, you will discover her first, through this blog!

Miss Raskin can make anything, and she does. Please take a moment to peek at her website, JOY or even better, go to one of her upcoming shows. You will see firsthand an artist in motion. Her jewelry, and gifts are surprisingly affordable.

You can take my word for it; I wouldn’t put anyone on this blog unless I truly believed they had talent and that I was sincerely offering my readers a true find. I believe you will be impressed with Joy. But, you really have to scroll around her site and her shows to see ALL! (the website may not be updated nor include all her creations)
GUM WRAPPER EARINGS
 
 Fun facts about her. Joy LOVES and cares for Hedgehogs! No kidding. She calls them her “quilly kids.” I met one recently and they are like no other creature I have beheld. Hedgehogs are simply irresistible. Joy even bathes them and wraps them in little blankets. Anyone who loves and tends to little creatures like this, and has the same birthday as mine, May 3….well, naturally I would bond with them. And, Joy exceeds everything…She is a superior human being and a kind, compassionate, generous, artist extraordinaire.
So glad to call her my friend and thrilled and delighted to present her to YOU, my loyal readers. Joy Raskin: JOY

For a wonderful summer treat go and visit Joy Raskin at the Craftsmen’s Fair at the Mt Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH this August 1-9th. 
MISS JOY RASKIN: Fine jewelry made from gold, silver, gemstones; unique flatware and serving pieces, and whimsical metal sculpture.

Most silver and gold is recycled, and many vintage components are used.  Made by hand in USA.

 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

HAVE MINDSET WILL TRAVEL...

I have been utterly inspired with Twitter!
It's clear that The Richard Branson
believes a lot of the same things I do!
 
Think Big!
Go for the Dream...
He even quoted Steven Spielberg:
I don't dream at night.
I dream all day;
I dream for a living!
 
And, even though I am not yet paid for my dreaming, I know I will be.
I even used this quote in my book. Currently I am looking for an agent, so let's hope the book gets published soon. It's funny and uplifting.
Given all that I see and learn on Twitter, and of course, real life, there is now no excuse for me not to have my own mega success. Every bit of advice and proven success is there! And, I have found I have the mindset of some pretty lofty folks.
This validation is inspiring....
 
FOLLOW ME @RENEEGOLD
 
 
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