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August in Review

I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.―Anaïs Nin

Month in Review

I’m staring at my computer while listening to a French cafe playlist and the synchronized snoring of pugs. This Month in Review is a bit late. Okay, quite late. I almost decided to skip it, but instead thought spending my Friday night on it would feel better. So here I am, pondering August mid-September.

Last month’s highlights included a trip to NYC and the cherry on top was the meetup, taking lots of ballet, enjoying a weekend jaunt to West Virginia, releasing the self-care module of Year of Tranquility, brunch and tea dates with girlfriends, setting up my new office, hosting a childhood friend in DC for a night, snuggling with the pups, dreaming up TranquiliT’s fall designs (video from today’s shoot), and collaborating with therapy and mentoring clients.

While in NYC I hit Strand (of course) and picked up a 500-page biography on Anaïs Nin. When looking for a quote to embody my current mood, hers above felt like the perfect fit.

As mentioned in last month’s review, I’m craving a brief escape once I get through the events over the next six weeks. November and December are quiet other than the holidays, so I’ve got my eye on them for a getaway. Where? To be determined. The tugs at my hair are getting stronger and stronger.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend ahead with an opportunity to listen to those things that are calling. Bisous. x

September Wish List

Release two podcasts
Host fun TranquiliT Trunk Show
Savor Alanis concert
Enjoy Tim’s birthday weekend with family and friends
Host inspiring TDJ Live
Smooth TranquiliT fall photo shoot
Schedule Pugs & Pints event
Design new message tee graphic
Finalize fall TranquiliT designs
Outline TDJ Guide to Paris
Take 12 ballet classes
Collaborate with clients
Finish 1-2 books
Release another TDJ Eat Plants video

Savvy Sources

19 Powerful Nighttime Routines
I’m Addicted to My Devices, but When I Unplug . . .
Make Your Weekend Count
Summer to Autumn Transitional Outfits
Journal Therapy
Boosting Your Mental Health With Expressive Writing
10 Ways to Slow Down and Embrace Autumn
14 Vegan Fall Recipes

Tranquility du Jour #425: The Magic Ten with Sharon Gannon

The Magic Ten with Sharon Gannon. In this week’s edition of Tranquility du Jour, we discuss the components of the Magic Ten, the importance of daily practice, how an ancient Egyptian cartouche inspired her, and more.

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Sharon Gannon is a 21st century Renaissance woman who excels in many artistic, spiritual and social mediums. Sharon is best known for creating, along with David Life, the Jivamukti Yoga Method—a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. Blessed by her teachers Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, Shri Swami Nirmalananda, Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and Shyamdas, she is a pioneer in teaching yoga as spiritual activism and is changing the way that people view, spirituality, life, themselves, each other, animals and the environment.

The Jivamukti Yoga method emphasizes asana, Sanskrit, scriptural study, devotion, prayer, music, chanting and meditation as well as animal rights, veganism, environmentalism and political activism. Jivamukti’s passionate focus on the original meaning of the Sanskrit word “asana” as seat, connection—relationship to the Earth is as practical as it is radical at this time of global crisis and consciousness shift.

The Jivamukti Yoga method is taught worldwide at Jivamukti Yoga Schools, and affiliated centers, in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, Turkey, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. Sharon travels extensively teaching and lecturing throughout the world.

YOGA JOURNAL Magazine has called her an innovator and VANITY FAIR gives her credit for making yoga cool and hip. JANE Magazine nominated her as Gutsiest Woman of the Year and THE FARM SANCTUARY awarded her the compassionate living award. She is a long-time vanguard member of PETA and has helped with many of their campaigns.

She has produced numerous yoga-related DVDs and music CDs including the 2010 release of Sharanam, her solo debut album, which Sting describes as, “inspired, daring and essential.” She is a prolific writer and has authored several books: Jivamukti Yoga, (also translated into German, Russian & Italian) The Art of Yoga, The Jivamukti Chant Book, Yoga Assists, Simple Recipes for Joy (also translated in Italian) and Cats and Dogs are People too! (also translated into Italian) and Yoga and Vegetarianism (also translated into Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Turkish), which has been acclaimed as the seminal work on the subject of how a vegan diet relates to yoga.

Along with David Life she is the founder of the Jivamukti Yoga School, New York City and the Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary, a 125-acre wild forest sanctuary in upstate NY, USA.

Find Sharon

Magic Ten and Beyond Website
Jivamukti Website
Instagram

Mentioned in the Podcast

Online Bon Voyage Facebook Live THIS Thursday at noon ET
First podcast with Sharon: Spiritual Activism
Piece I wrote about Sharon’s comment: What Makes You Come Alive
Podcast with Jamie Cat Callan: Parisian Charm School
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Paris Preparations

Paris is always a good idea.—Audrey Hepburn

At this time in one week, we’ll arrive groggy to the City of Light with suitcases and Belle Starr in tow. This is her second trip to Paris and I wrote about her journey from a puppy mill to Paris here.

I’ve been preparing for this trip since last fall when I searched high and low to find the perfect dog-friendly and airy AirBnB close to Luxembourg Gardens. I also booked rooms in my favorite hotel where Penning in Paris retreaters reside.

Over the past few months I’ve coordinated a few surprises, recorded a new just-for-retreaters Paris podcast, shipped pre-Paris goody bags, and made reservations for a champagne cruise on the Seine and a lunch at Laduree.

In between ballet, a Pigs & Pugs Project board meeting, and collaborating with clients, I’ll start the packing process. Here’s a peek into my previous 2013 6-week jaunt, 2012 6-week jaunt, and 2016 10-day packing posts.

My suitcase will soon be filled with TranquiliT pieces, more goody bags (it’s one of my favorite parts of leading retreats!), retreat supplies, comfy/chic footwear, writing tools, and more.

Before we fly out on Thursday, July 19 I’ll host an online bon voyage Facebook Live gathering at noon ET to share an insider’s peek into the Paris preparation process. There’s dog-sitting, garden-watering, suitcase-packing, retreat-finalizing, and more to be coordinated.

Get a look into all that goes into preparing to leave for 10 days in Paris and a preview of our adventure. I hope to see you at our online bon voyage and plan to do more in Paris so you’ll be coming with me! Bisous. x