Published December 16th, 2014 by

December Doodle…so, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything of substance and I don’t think that’s going to happen now either.  But, I’m feeling the need to reach into this worldwide web and connect with other like-minded souls.

The headlines today are atrocious.  Reading them is an assault upon an assault.

Meanwhile, the holidays are upon us and it’s time to work on things like gratitude, compassion, joy & equanimity.

May all beings know peace…….soon

Om shanti, shanti, shantihi.

Published December 4th, 2014 by

Yoga and Meditation are still at the top of my list for managing change and achieving a well-balanced life. Scroll down for my current schedule of classes. I’ve also added a Google Calendar here.

I’ve been getting quite a few calls recently for people looking for Kripalu Yoga.   More and more of you are visiting Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA and feeling the energy, so to speak.  To that note, we are going there on a field trip,  Dec 26-29 and all are welcome to join us.  Details on the schedule page.

Workshops and Programs for Jan/Feb will be listed soon.  Please consider attending a workshop/intensive/retreat at The Sanctuary to take your yoga practice further.   And, if you’re interested in Personal Yoga Therapy go here.

Group Yoga classes are multi-level and suitable for all bodies.  . If you are a beginner to yoga call ahead and let me know you’re coming. I’ll be happy to meet with you before/after class. Just show up if that’s the best you can do. 732.531.9013 is the number to leave a message if you wish to speak to me. Be patient. It may take a few days to return your call. Email/text is best. (ida@ifcullen.com)

Astrological Knowledge is also at the top of my list as an unparalleled tool for self-study, self-diagnosis, time-management, and spiritual guidance. Look for more experiential workshops this winter.  No prerequisite needed.

View the Schedule Page here

Published October 17th, 2014 by

Well, I am simply filled to the brim with joy and gratitude for last weekend’s Harper’s Escape.  It was fabulous and I promise to gift myself more harp events.  Meanwhile, last week I  also learned how to lightly edit an audio file and upload it to the internet.  I know it’s no big deal anymore to do that, but for me this feels really cool!   Uh oh…..I do see  YouTube in my future!  Uranus is flooding my chart right now  with ‘breakthrough energy’ so this seems like a good way to use it.

That said,  here is a piece of my harp practice that will certainly make you smile if you can hang in there for a few minutes.   I’m not posting this piece necessarily for the music…..  it’s about the birds and it’s worth a listen.  Promise.   The first 30 seconds are just me talking as I set the levers on the harp preparing to practice and warm up my hands.    (Recorded on my ipod)

 

 

Published September 19th, 2014 by

Sam_JeanThis Sunday is The NJ Storyteller’s Festival and I’ll be on a stage at 4pm. Me and stages have had a comfortable relationship thruout my life. I’ve been on them many times, for many reasons, with groups and solo a lot, too. But, this time, it feels really new and different and scary/exciting…….

I’m telling a personal story that my parents might seriously disapprove of. But, I am soon to be 65 and they are both, long gone as is everyone that I know of in their generation. I am the elder now……daunting.   And, this story did indeed impact my life in ways that are so much clearer today.

This is a photo of my mother and Uncle Sam, her brother, who was a favorite uncle until he disappeared from my life.

Being a Scorpio, life can be a mystery to me much of the time.  Being born in a family that had ‘secrets’ fueled my curiosity in ways that continue even today.

If you’re in or around the Grounds for Sculpture in NJ (a fabulous backdrop to the day!) come and hear some stories…….  maybe you’ll get inspired to tell your own?