Ascent 242 – Impromptu Manhattan Sojourn

Monday was an interesting day. Was feeling a bit under the weather and just wanted to get home, have dinner, have my chiro appointment and crash.

Sue then told me that friends of hers from Chicago had announced that they were in town and wanted to get together in the city.

Initially, it didn’t seem viable as my appointment was at 8 and I get up a little after 5 each day. But, an adventure sounded good, so I committed to seeing what I could do to participate. Sue headed for the train station and I headed for my chiro a little early.

They had an opening, got me in and I was out of there before my scheduled appointment. What to do? Go to the station and get the train or get on the highway and drive into Manhattan. A quick check of the Waze app showed it would be a 35 minute drive, so I put the rubber to the road.

There were a couple of slowdowns albeit nothing to serious. My route had me on the Long Island Expressway, heading for the Midtown Tunnel. As your heading this way you’re seeing the magnificence of the city all lit up. It truly is spectacular. And then you’re in a tunnel for a mile and a half.

At the end of the tunnel, a quick position trade with other cars had me heading for 38th St. and 9th Avenue, where the chosen restaurant was located.

NYC traffic is an experience, especially the cabs. Right of way is a completely foreign concept in this space. I made it to 9th without any altercations and found a parking spot.

Turns out I was 3 blocks away albeit that wasn’t a problem as I’d been sitting all day.

The initial restaurant had closed early so a plan B was chosen and I joined Sue & her dear friends Donna & Bob inside.

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This was my first time meeting them and the revelries began. The restaurant was a quaint sports bar type joint that wasn’t too loud. Our group was good energy with lots of laughs – one of my favorite pastimes.

After dinner, Bob & Donna were heading for Rockefeller Center and asked if we wanted to come along. I grabbed the car and picked everybody up to head for 5th avenue and 50th st. The drive there was quite uneventful and another parking spot was easily found. We strolled a couple of blocks to the Center where the observation area was located. We had been noodling around whether to join them but decided to call it a night instead.

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2016-08-29 22.36.28 HDRSo, back to the Rogue, put the GPS on home and began our way out of the city. For some reason, it chose to take us right through Times Square which, although amazing, is extremely congested. After a while of evading kamikaze tourists, we made it out of there, back to the Midtown tunnel and to Queens where we promptly crashed.

I must admit I’m glad I chose to be spontaneous and not just go home for that early night.


Ascent 241 – Happy Birthday Mokshapriya

When of the blessings I received in NYC was when Sue introduced me to the Yogashakti ashram in Queens – and wonderful teacher Mokshapriya.

It instantly became my favorite yoga studio due to the community, energy and the yoga & philosophy teachings of Mokshapriya.

She also hosts an amazing retreat space in upstate NY – the City of Light Sanctuary. (Where we hope to convene with our tribe this coming weekend.)

Today, after the yoga class and the Sunshine Lecture, a pot luck lunch was arranged to celebrate Mokshapriya’s birthday. We were not able to get to the class & lecture but had to attend the luncheon.2016-08-28 19.25.59

It was in full swing when we arrived and there were plenty of goodies left to partake of. After we wished the guest of honor a happy birthday, we got to visit with some fellow yogis that we hadn’t seen for a while.

Having a community of like-minded spirits, your tribe is such a valuable asset in your journey. I’m so grateful for Mokshapriya & Yogashakti.

Ascent 239 – The Lotus Pond

This morning, I had the urge to go for a drive in the sunshine and experience a little different energy for a while. I opted to head for Northport, NY where a friend of mine had a yoga studio.

Northport is a quaint harbor town on the north shore of Long Island, about 40 minutes from home. It was a pleasant drive with some country scenery.

I parked in town and walked a few blocks toward the harbor where there was some people milling around. Turns out there is a park there, and a morning Farmer’s Market. I enjoyed some time sitting in the sun, taking in the boats and the people, and briefly perused the booths in the market, not buying anything this time around.

There were several interesting restaurants and coffee shops in the vicinity also.

My friend Cathleen Fizzingolia, fellow yogi & yoga teacher lives in the area and was available to meet.

After a brief visit in the park, I followed her out into the country to her studio – The Lotus Pond.

Stepping into the yard was like stepping into a Zen space. First thing that greets you is actually a lotus pond. There was a Buddha and some other artifacts that contributed to the peaceful feeling of the space.

I learned that Cathleen doesn’t host a yoga studio, her practice is actually yoga therapy, which is a one on one process that includes yoga asanas and concepts.

I wasn’t able to spend much time today and learn much about it albeit am sure our practices will cross paths and there will be some opportunity to collaborate to raising the state of peace on the planet.

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Ascent 240 – Jones Beach

It was a beautiful sunny day today and a perfect opportunity to hit the beaches of Long Island. We chose Jones Beach and headed in that direction.

Jones is actually a series of beaches, labeled Fields, with a boardwalk that connects several of them.

It was recommended we go to Field 6 as it had food options. On the way, we passed Nikon Jones Beach theatre where the major concerts are held. Jimmy Buffett was there on Thursday, which I didn’t know about until the day.

As could be expected, it was busy there, and it took us a little while to find a parking spot. (Which is one of the most prevalent problems with anything in New York.)

We headed for the food court, to find out it was closed pending renovations. So, we settled for some snacks from the gift shop to hold us over.

The beach area was rather extensive and it was a little bit of a walk to get closer to the water. A suitable spot was found, the sheet spread out and our derriere’s parked.

It was wonderful seeing all the people and children having fun, enjoying the sun & sand. And those frolicking about in the Atlantic. We opted to join them and walked the short distance to water. We didn’t go in fully, as the waves were a bit rough today. It was refreshing to sit in the surf and cool off.

When we returned to our spot, I laid out and promptly dozed off, fully enjoying this beautiful weather and environment.

There is something so calming and centering about being out in nature and the beach is truly one of my favorite spaces to be. Especially when there is a sunrise or sunset, which didn’t happen today.

Around dinner time, we headed for a restaurant Sue had wanted to try for a while – Jordan’s Lobster Farm. It was an interesting place, on the water and extremely busy – which is a good sign for a restaurant. There wasn’t much on the menu for a non-seafood type like me but I was able to have a good meal.

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There was a mini Ferris wheel in the open area, which is something you don’t see everyday.

Overall a fun day with 2 definite firsts.

Ascent 238 – Chicken Murphy From Ralph’s

Chicken Murphy is a delightful Italian dish consisting of chicken breast sauteed with mushrooms, peppers and sausage. It’s a little on the spicy side albeit not too much so. It is served with Penne pasta and either Italian or garlic bread. Why an Italian dish is named Murphy is beyond me.

I first acquired a taste for it when I lived in Texas in 1995. There was a small bistro named Gino’s just up the road from where I worked in Coppell, TX. It was perfect sized lunch, with just enough spicy and sufficient garlic to keep people at bay the rest of the afternoon.

When I left there in 1997, I pretty much forgot about it. I did get it again when I was visiting Dallas in the early 2000’s albeit I went dry after that.

A couple of years ago, I was at a restaurant in Summit, NJ and it was on the menu! I promptly ordered it up and relived the Murphy experience.

Near my office in East Rutherford, NJ, there is a small pizza place named Ralph’s that had it on the menu as a special a couple of weeks ago. While I was lunching there today, I asked if they still offered it and if I could order it at any time. They said I could and I knew what tonight’s dinner was.

As I was clocking off, I made a quick phone call and ordered up this hallowed treat, with a half-dozen garlic knots. I made a beeline for the restaurant, paid the bill and carried my prize to the car.

The downside was that I had an hour drive and was tormented by the aroma the whole way. Thankfully I had put it in the trunk, so I wasn’t able to get into it.

As soon as I got home, table was set, the food opened up and the plates filled. They had also included a fresh chunk of crispy Italian bread which was phenomenal.

And then that first taste … it was wonderful. Probably the best Chicken Murphy that I have had to date. It was a delightful meal of present savory sensations and past recollections.

I think Ralph, Murphy and I are new best friends.

Ascent 237 – My First Etheric Weaver

2016-08-25 09.38.02I’ve been learning some pretty awesome things recently on my journey in energy work and clearing.

One of the tools that I experienced was an Etheric Weaver. A quartz crystal meditation vibrational healing tool.

I was recommended to visit the site for Shambala Healing Tools and to choose the one that most resonated with me.

After observing them for a few minutes, I chose the Siberian Blue Quartz, wrapped in copper.

Every thing in our space is energy and this means that things that we feel or experience are typically the result of the energy flow or blockage.

The weaver is a tool that supports the identification and clearing of energy flows and thus assists in bringing about healing.

I was very excited when mine arrived in the mail and could feel the energy of the quartz. I’m looking forward to using this tool in my healing and clearing practice.

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Ascent 236 – Still Smiling

2016-08-06 10.56.22If there’s one thing people notice about me, it’s that I’m always smiling. I have for as long as I can remember and it just feels like the perfect thing to do.

I think I probably got it from my father, who always looked on the bright side of everything and always had a smile or a laugh going on.

There are those who think I don’t take things seriously because of my expression, and nothing could be further from the truth. I just believe that the energy you bring to a space or a situation greatly influences the outcome and the experience of it.

Smiles are contagious. Have you noticed that, when you smile at someone, they will often smile back? Even if it’s for a second, then they return to their prior disposition. For a moment, you positively impacted someone’s life.

What if your smile was the only one that someone got to see that day? Wouldn’t that be a positive contribution to raising the vibration of the planet?

What do you have to smile about today?