When the Music Happens

Show up, pay attention.
The music happens.

Wyane Dyer in the movie  “The Shift”

It is important to do a vision board or visualize our dream job.  We should do a practice that brings a more tangible awareness to our desires.  (The nature of our desires and their discernment is a whole another topic, but in short for me it is through my God centered focus.)  Then comes the actualization…

(1) We “show up” by continuing to be in the world.  We do not just quit the job we do not like and stay at home imaging our dream job.  We continue working, BUT

(2) We “pay attention” to what is happening around us.  Through being mindful, observant to life we see opportunities.  We are open to possibilities that will connect us to our path, to the job that is for us.

(3)  Then “the music happens”

Let’s take the example of finding a life partner.  We do the work of dating people, and by paying attention we learn from our mistakes and eventually find the one.  Simply visualizing the desired life partner and not doing anything else, is not going to give that to us.

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Filing Taxes the Easy Free Way – The VITA Program

I realize we are in tax season and filing taxes isn’t easy. You may not make much, so spending some of that hard earned dough to file your taxes may be another hardship that you are not sure you can afford. Well, I have the solution for you.  If you meet the income guidelines you can get free tax filing through the IRS VITA program. Most students are eligible, as well as many others. Find out more info, including a location near you, at the IRS VITA website

The Skylark Diner and Swing

I enjoy combining my love for food and dance, and what better place to celebrate swing, dance Americana then by eating at the place synonymous with American comfort food, the local diner.  I stopped by the Skylark in Endicott, and enjoyed my meal.  I had the Skylark Burger and fries, pic of which is being used as the featured photo in this post’s header, and is shown down below.  The food was good, without the grease that one sometimes associates with diners, and the portion size too.  The fries were a golden yellow brown and crisp, and the burger was well done just the way I liked it.  I perused the menu and all the prices were similarly reasonable.  Be sure to check this out if you are in the area and looking for decent food at reasonable prices served by friendly folk.

One caveat…I believe you can only pay with cash, so make sure to have some money in that wallet of yours if you stop by.

The Skylark Burger and Fries.

The Skylark Burger and Fries.

The weekly Tuesday swing hop at Rexer’s Karate Academy is just a few minutes away, but I would recommend coming to eat after swing, and not before.

The Comunity of Tai Chi

I’ve been doing Tai Chi – Yang style – since June and have been told that I should stick with it for at least a year before I decide whether or not it is for me. There is a set of 128 moves that one does continuously when doing Tai Chi. I am somewhere in the 30s range and can do about the first 20 or so at home before I start forgetting what the next move should be. It is a great feeling when something flows and one feels the body relaxed or relaxing. I recommend Tai Chi as a great altermative to sitting meditation for those who find it difficult to “sit and empty ones mind”…Tai Chi also has many health benefits that people talk about, and I just read this article in the NY Times on how it eases fibromylagia at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/19/health/19taichi.html
I was attracted to the Tai Chi mindful practice of moving meditation because the foundation of this practice is based on community. I also like that it is a volunteer run organization and that monies from lesson fees and fund raising go to charities and fixed expenses like studio space and not for instructors or staff.
Tai Chi is also way of living, and I enjoy it as the people really make an effort to get to know each other and in this hectic fast paced world it is a refreshing change to be able to put on the brakes.
I know not much about has been said about Tai Chi so you can learn more about it at http://www.taoist.org/content/standard.asp