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Jeff’s Schedule for November 20-25, 2017

The schedule is a short one this week, due to the Thanksgiving holidays. I know the holidays are busy, but spending even a few minutes in your garden can give you a few minutes of peace in an otherwise hectic day. And with the beautiful weather we’ve had in the Southern Piedmont, that makes it all the more enjoyable. Today (Sunday) I spent a couple of hours in the Living Garden at Renfrow Farms, cutting some plants back, digging and dividing perennials, and simply enjoying myself. It was a gorgeous Fall day, I was by myself, and everything I did will make the garden more productive next spring.

Most perennial plants really respond to division, which is a type of plant propagation. Simply dig the entire root mass of the plant and using a shovel, spade, or even an axe to split the root mass, commonly called a “clump”, into pieces, or divisions. Usually splitting the mass into halves is sufficient, but for some plants you can get several divisions from a single clump. Just be sure to get roots, crown, and foliage in each division. Then replant each division wherever you gave a proper spot. Cut the foliage back hard to give the plants a chance to settle in.

Those of you that follow me on Facebook know I have a regular Gratitude practice. Seeing the Good in your Life helps you bring more Good into all you do. So I’m very Grateful for all of you who have learned from me how to enjoy your garden more, how to cultivate more profit from your farm or food business, or experience real abundance in your life through owning and operating your own business. My clients are a very diverse group, and I always learn something during every class or consultation.

I’m in Matthews, NC Monday and Tuesday working on the Farm. The rest of the week, I’ll be in Patrick County, VA. with family. If any of you would like to schedule a consultation, I’d love to do it. I’ve designed and installed all kinds of landscapes, from formal herb gardens to Permaculture homesteads. In an hour, I can solve problems, identify plants, show you some opportunities, and help you enjoy your garden even more! If you’re interested in a home landscape
consultation, contact me here.

I farmed and operated a plant nursery in NC for 15 years, and was an NC Cooperative Extension agent for 8 years. In that time, I learned a LOT about farm production and farm business
management. I can help you with organic certification, transition to organic practices, and marketing your farm and food products. To learn how to cultivate profit on your farm, contact me here.

In these times of great opportunity for small business owners, strategic planning is essential for success. I can help you write a business plan, construct enterprise and cash flow budgets, and do market research. Individual consultations and group trainings are options for getting the information you need to succeed! To take advantage of the opportunities that are available to small business owners, contact me here.

Remember to enjoy your garden, because THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener! Hope to see you sometime this week. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Jeff’s Schedule for November 13-18, 2017

This week, I have a bit of a yo-yo schedule. I start this week in Matthews, NC, taking care of some things at Renfrow Farm. Then I’m headed back to Patrick County, VA, working on a family project and digging some more plants to move to the Piedmont. Then it’s back to Matthews, NC to help folks become Successful Gardeners.

On Saturday, November 18, I’ll be at the Farm from 3-5PM to help with the first annual “Pressly’s Passalong Plant Sale”. From the latest Renfrow Farms newsletter: “We are offering “by-the-shovelful” perennials from our farm including a few different varieties of feverfew, yarrow (mixed colors, won’t be able to tell what’s what at this time of year), mountain mint, veronica, black-eyed susans, anchusa, white echinacea, obedient plant, daylilies, and iris. Many of these make fantastic cut flowers and attract pollinators and beneficial insects; all are beautiful in the landscape.”

This time of year is a really good time to plant lots of perennial plants, everything from trees to shrubs to flowers and vegetable plants. Planting in this cooler season gives your plants weeks of root growing before the warming temperatures bring on the riot of growth that is Spring. So cool-season planting is the start of your 2018 garden! Fruit trees, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, asparagus, onions, and grapevines can all be planted now. Even if you don’t want to plant anything else this year, you can still get started on next spring’s plantings. With this past season fresh on your mind, you can plan for any changes you need to make.

If you live the Charlotte metro area and you’d like me to come by and help you with a garden consultation, I’d love to do it. I’m familiar with all kinds of landscapes, urban lot or country homestead, the silty, rocky soils of the mountains, the good red land of the Piedmont, or the sandy loam of the Sandhills. They each have their challenges and their beauty. In an hour, I can solve problems, identify plants, show you some opportunities, and help you enjoy your garden even more! If you’re interested, contact me here.

I farmed and operated a plant nursery in NC for 15 years, and was an NC Cooperative Extension agent for 8 years. In that time, I learned a LOT about farm production and farm business management. I can help you with organic certification, transition to organic practices, and marketing your farm and food products. To learn how to cultivate profit on your farm, contact me here.

I’m a certified small business educator as well. In these times of great opportunity, strategic planning is essential for success. I can help you write a business plan, construct enterprise and cash flow budgets, and do market research. Individual consultations and group trainings are options for getting the information you need to succeed! To take advantage of the opportunities that are available to small business owners, contact me here.

Remember to enjoy your garden, because THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener!
Hope to see you some time this week!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Jeff’s Schedule for November 5-11, 2017

I start this week in Patrick County, VA, working on a family project. Then it’s back to Matthews, NC to help folks become Successful Gardeners.

If you live the Charlotte metro area and you’d like me to come by and help you with a garden consultation, I’d love to do it. I’m familiar with all kinds of landscapes, urban lot or country homestead, the silty, rocky soils of the mountains, the good red land of the Piedmont, or the sandy loam of the Sandhills. They each have their challenges and their beauty. In an hour, I can solve problems, identify plants, show you some opportunities, and help you enjoy your garden even more! If you’re interested, contact me here.

Lots of folks think fall is the end of the garden season in North Carolina’s Piedmont. Actually, it’s a perfect time to start NEXT YEAR’S garden. And if you really enjoy your garden, you couldn’t be happier.

This time of year is a really good time to plant lots of perennial plants, everything from trees to shrubs to flowers and vegetable plants. Planting in this cooler season gives your plants weeks of root growing before the warming temperatures bring on the riot of growth that is Spring. So cool-season planting is the start of your 2018 garden! Fruit trees, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, asparagus, onions, and grapevines can all be planted now. Even if you don’t want to plant anything else this year, you can still get started on next spring’s plantings. With this past season fresh on your mind, you can plan for any changes you need to make.

Instead of blowing and bagging all those leaves, why not start a new compost pile? It’s just as easy to put those leaves in a wire and post bin in a corner of your backyard as it is to get all those leaves to the curb. You’ll get plenty of “black gold” compost for your labor. It’s great for your soil, too! If you need help starting a home compost system, just let me know!

I farmed and operated a plant nursery in NC for 15 years, and was an NC Cooperative Extension agent for 8 years. In that time, I learned a LOT about farm production and farm business management. I can help you with organic certification, transition to organic practices, and marketing your farm and food products. To learn how to cultivate profit on your farm, contact me here.

I’m a certified small business educator as well. In these times of great opportunity, strategic planning is essential for success. I can help you write a business plan, construct enterprise and cash flow budgets, and do market research. Individual consultations and group trainings are options for getting the information you need to succeed! To take advantage of the opportunities that are available to small business owners, contact me here.

Remember to enjoy your garden, because THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener!
Hope to see you some time this week!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Jeff’s Schedule for October 30 – November 4, 2017

I have a simple schedule this week. I’m in Patrick County all week, working on a family project.

This time of year is a really good time to plant lots of perennial plants, everything from trees to shrubs to flowers and vegetable plants. Planting in this cooler season gives your plants weeks of root growing before the warming temperatures bring on the riot of growth that is Spring. So cool-season planting is the start of your 2018 garden! Fruit trees, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, asparagus, onions, and grapevines can all be planted now. Even if you don’t want to plant anything else this year, you can still get started on next spring’s plantings. With this past season fresh on your mind, you can plan for any changes you need to make.

If you’d like me to come by and help you with a garden consultation, I’d love to do it. I’m familiar with all kinds of landscapes, urban lot or country homestead, the silty, rocky soils of the mountains, the good red land of the Piedmont, or the sandy loam of the Sandhills. They each have their challenges and their beauty. In an hour, I can solve problems, identify plants, show you some opportunities, and help you enjoy your garden even more! If you’re interested, contact me here.

I farmed and operated a plant nursery in NC for 15 years, and was an NC Cooperative Extension agent for 8 years. In that time, I learned a LOT about farm production and farm business management. I can help you with organic certification, transition to organic practices, and marketing your farm and food products. To learn how to cultivate profit on your farm, contact me here.

I’m a certified small business educator as well. In these times of great opportunity, strategic planning is essential for success. I can help you write a business plan, construct enterprise and cash flow budgets, and do market research. Individual consultations and group trainings are options for getting the information you need to succeed! To take advantage of the opportunities that are available to small business owners, contact me here.

Remember to enjoy your garden, because THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener!
Hope to see you some time this week!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Jeff’s Schedule for October 23-28, 2017

It was 36° on Locust Ridge this morning (October 17, 2017). I walked out to check some things to find the first frost of the season. It’s a light one, and right on time. Here on the mountain, as the locals refer to the higher elevations of Patrick County, VA, first frost is around Columbus Day. Locust Ridge is in USDA zone 6B, so frost may not be a factor in your garden for a few weeks yet. In the Charlotte, NC area, Jack Frost normally arrives around Halloween. But it’s the time of year to be alert for what’s called a “killing” frost. That’s a frost with temperatures low enough to damage and even kill cold-tender plants like tomatoes, basil and snap beans.

Being a long-time gardener, that first frost has always seemed like the true start of fall to me. There’s a definite change in my gardening priorities, with watching the weather for signs of frost becoming my number one activity. And that entails more than just checking the Weather Channel app on my smartphone. It’s knowing the microclimate* of my garden, and how weather affects that place.

It’s also the time for planting trees, shrubs, vines, perennials and cold-hardy plants. Proper siting, placement and planting can help plants survive and thrive during their first months in your garden. Experience counts when you are doing this, and my 30+ years of experience has given me lots of success and frankly, failure, in the garden. I’d love to share that experience with you through a home garden & landscape consultation.

If you live the Charlotte metro area and you’d like me to come by and help you with a garden consultation, I’d love to do it. I’m familiar with all kinds of landscapes, urban lot or country homestead, the silty, rocky soils of the mountains, the good red land of the Piedmont, or the sandy loam of the Sandhills. They each have their challenges and their beauty. In an hour, I can solve problems, identify plants, show you some opportunities, and help you enjoy your garden even more! If you’re interested, contact me here.

I farmed and operated a plant nursery in NC for 15 years, and was an NC Cooperative Extension agent for 8 years. In that time, I learned a LOT about farm production and farm business management. I can help you with organic certification, transition to organic practices, and marketing your farm and food products. To learn how to cultivate profit on your farm, contact me here.

I’m a certified small business educator as well. In these times of great opportunity, strategic planning is essential for success. I can help you write a business plan, construct enterprise and cash flow budgets, and do market research. Individual consultations and group trainings are options for getting the information you need to succeed! To take advantage of the opportunities that are available to small business owners, contact me here.

Remember to enjoy your garden, because THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener!
Hope to see you some time this week!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

* A microclimate is the combination of factors that affect the weather around a particular place. Location, exposure, soil, and mulches are just some of the things that go into creating a microclimate.

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Forgiveness And Change

A Buddhist Prayer on Forgiveness
“If I have harmed anyone in any way
either knowingly or unknowingly
through my own confusions
I ask their forgiveness.

If anyone has harmed me in any way
either knowingly or unknowingly
through their own confusions
I forgive them.

And if there is a situation
I am not yet ready to forgive
I forgive myself for that.

For all the ways that I harm myself,
negate, doubt, belittle myself,
judge or be unkind to myself
through my own confusions
I forgive myself.”*

There is much fury in the world today. I don’t mean the hollow kind, as in sound & fury, but true, honest-to-god, indignant, offended, pissed-off wrath. We’ve all felt it. I used to think it was cathartic, and it still can be, but I caution everyone, please don’t let it turn into a destructive rage. As a person who’s already gone through that, I can tell you the cost isn’t worth it.

Lest you think I am minimizing your situation, I am not. There are too many instances of injustice, greed, and evil in the world to ignore. And standing up for yourself en mass, holding people accountable for their actions, seems to be the most effective way to deal with it.

Our challenge as human beings seems to be the way in which we confront the shadow side of our world. Too often we react in anger, which can erupt into violence. That anger may be justified, and righteous as hell, but to use that force alone…Well, it never did me any good. Trust me when I say that I have applied anger to a LOT of situations, with no discernibly positive effects at all.

Can you imagine if all these voices that have risen in anger were lifted in Love instead? How would it affect the world if we set aside judgement of the situations, institutions, or people that had harmed us and simply said, “What you’re doing hurts everybody. No more”. And we held them to that. Regardless of media attention, politics, or personal power (or lack thereof).

Is it naïve of me to think that Love can change the world? Gandhi didn’t think so. Dr. King didn’t think so. And their ideas are as powerful today as they have ever been. And for those ideas to be as effective as possible, it’s time for each of us to get our own shit together. That’s what I call getting a Master’s in Spiritual Alchemy.

A big part of that is forgiveness. Not some squishy victimhood of “I can’t do anything about it, so I’ll forget it happened”. I mean a strong detachment from the hurt and pain that allows you to move on with your Life. If you need to hold someone accountable, so be it. Do it with fairness and justice, not revenge. If you need to remember the lesson from the situation, that’s OK, too.

I’ve had to let go of any need of hearing an “I’m sorry”, as well. Though I will say that I came to this from the actions of a bigger person than me. Reconciliation is a fine and healing thing, unbelievably cathartic. But waiting for contrition before you forgive only allows the poison to sink deeper within.

All of this forgiveness is very hard for me. But living the sour, puckered life of anger and frustration is harder. So I think it’s worth the effort. To put it bluntly, it’s why I’m still around.

The Buddhist prayer at the beginning of this post inspired me to write today. As with so many things from that tradition, it is both succinct and powerful. And yes, it is about me. And you. And us. All at the same time. Because that’s how we will change the world.

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

*http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/book-reviews/view/18299/prayers-for-hope-and-comfort

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Failure Ain’t What You Think It Is

I’ve been feeling quite the failure lately. There are lots of reasons for me to feel this way, mostly related to the shadow side of My Personal Mythology and the demons that dwell there. I realize that failure, to me, is wrapped up in that sour, puckered view of life, “I’m not good enough”. But I’m changing the way I see failure. Mostly due to this quote (below, from a screen shot) from Napoleon Hill, the author of Think and Grow Rich.

Obstacles seem to be a part of Life. We do seem to learn faster from negative experiences than from positive ones. That seems to be a part of our evolutionary heritage. But we can also reframe how we see our experiences, and what we learn from them. Reframing is a process, and it can be a slow one. Trying to change your outlook while you’re in the middle of the experience can be difficult. And if you’re prone to negativity, it can be downright dangerous. That’s especially true if you’re in a depressed state. You’re looking at the world through a distorted filter. In fact, I find that reframing is best done with someone you trust, a person that understands the process. Simply talking about the experience helps me most. Something else may work for you.

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. A few days ago, I “realized” what a complete and utter failure I’ve been. This came from a lot of different sources, plus the shadow part of me I mentioned previously. In every way that I’ve been told to measure success, I have failed. In a conversation with my mother, I explained that I was doing something because I had failed yet again. As my folks have done so often, she just told me what she saw in My Life. She sees how I Live with a different filter from mine. And what I’d seen as failure has simply been obstacles. Some I’d accepted, some I’d gone around, over, or through. So having a “second opinion” is vital to reframing. If that’s a parent, mentor, teacher, or a friend, that’s great. If it’s a mental health professional, that’s even better. I learned reframing in therapy.

I suppose you can say that I’m simply justifying my many failures. You could see what I’m doing as Pollyanna thinking. Well, if you read the Pollyanna stories, you’ll see she changed her world with her approach to life. So I don’t see Pollyanna thinking as anything less than miraculous. And as for justification? We see sports teams that “fail” year after year as underdogs, and we tend to root for the underdog. And for those teams that turn it around, we celebrate both the years in defeat as well as the years of victory. Yet we see individuals completely different, as undeserving, or lazy, or flawed. This includes ourselves.

So I’m seeing My Life as a series of Opportunities that have come to me as obstacles. I can deal with that. Because I am, if anything, a stubborn cuss. Perseverance is another part of My Personal Mythology. One that fits nicely with the concept of Practice, anything done repeatedly and with a clear Intention. The reason I thought I failed repeatedly was that I never gave up. That’s the result of living an Intentional Life. I continue working toward My Intentions, constantly learning and refining as I become Who I Really Am.

Tied closely to Intention is letting go of the outcomes of living Intentionally. For a long while, letting go of what you dearly wanted made no sense to me. I saw it as a design flaw of human existence. That’s because I didn’t understand it. I’m not going to say that I do now. But it makes more sense to me in these terms. Letting go is an act of Faith. Faith in yourself that you’ve done the work. Faith in your Higher Power that you’ll get a good result from the work you’ve done and the Faith you have in that Power. There’s no waste of energy on worry.

Beginner’s Mind is a good approach to letting go. This concept is all about having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions, just as a beginner would. It’s looking at the world as a place of infinite possibilities.

How do you apply these practices in a world that isn’t fair or isn’t safe? It strikes me as cruel to say to someone with no home or enough food to eat, “Set your Intentions and let go. That’s how you create your life”. Deliberate or not, we’ve created this world of sound and fury. And those of us with the means should be working to Create a world of Peace, Grace, and Love. That begins with getting our own shit together, and not waiting for ourselves to be perfect to get started. Because a good bit of getting your shit together is helping other folks do the same. So let’s get started.

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Jeff’s Schedule For October 16-21, 2017

I’m in two very different areas this week, three actually. Each of them have very different soils, different climates, and lately, different rainfall amounts. I’ll be in the Patrick County, Virginia area Tuesday – Friday, an area that is having somewhat regular rainfall amounts at the moment. “Locust Ridge”, as I call the ridge top area where my mother lives, has the silty, rocky soils of the Blue Ridge, with a mild climate that lets my mom grow nearly anything.

While I’m working on some family projects, I can provide farm, business, and home landscape consultations. I still have some spots open. If you͛d like me to come by and help you with a garden consultation, I͛’d love to do it. I’ve designed and installed all kinds of landscapes, from formal herb gardens to Permaculture homesteads. In an hour, I can solve problems, identify plants, show you some opportunities, and help you enjoy your garden even more! If you’re interested in a home landscape consultation, contact me here.

On Saturday, 10/21, I’m headed south for a Living History event at The House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site. I’m a member of the group that supports The Alston House, an 18th century house that was home to Revolutionary War heroes, a Governor of NC that was also a member of the US Congress, and lots of other interesting people. Find out more about the place we affectionately call “The ‘Shoe”. It’s located in the Sandhills area of NC, on what we’ve been told by USDA personnel is some of the best farmland in the region. It also has a climate affected by its location, a horseshoe shaped bend of the Deep River. It’s that looping route around the farm that gives the site its name. The wind currents along the river often steer rain to and away from the Farm. Presently, they are below average in rainfall.

I farmed and operated a plant nursery in NC for 15 years, and was an NC Cooperative Extension agent for 8 years. In that time, I learned a LOT about farm production and farm business
management. I can help you with organic certification, transition to organic practices, and marketing your farm and food products. To learn how to cultivate profit on your farm, contact me here.

From The ‘Shoe, I’m headed back to Matthews, NC, to provide farm, small business, and home landscape consultations. You’ll probably find me at Renfrow Farm, located in downtown Matthews. The Farm is able to deal with the below average rainfall levels we have currently because we work hard to build soils with cover crops, compost, and mulch. It’s created a great soil from the native red clay that soaks up any available rainfall.

If you don’t see me at the Farm, drop by Renfrow Hardware, a 117 year old family owned business. It’s a wonderful store that has become the “go to” place for people interested in growing fresh, local food, be they home growers, community gardeners, or farmers.

In these times of great opportunity for small business owners, strategic planning is essential for success. I can help you write a business plan, construct enterprise and cash flow budgets, and do market research. Individual consultations and group trainings are options for getting the information you need to succeed! To take advantage of the opportunities that are available to small business owners, contact me here.

Remember to enjoy your garden, because THAT͛S what makes you a Successful Gardener!
Hope to see you sometime this week!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Jeff’s Schedule for October 9-14, 2017

I’ve been up on Locust Ridge since Friday, and we’ve had rain nearly every day. We really needed it, but it has slowed down some of the outdoor work. The leaves are falling, and I hope you are shredding and composting the collected leaves instead of burning them, bagging them, or blowing them to the curb. Leaf compost is a great way to build soil, whether it’s a sandy soil, silty loam, or the ubiquitous red clay. I’ve built the soils of many a garden using leaf compost. It’s easy to do. Keep an eye out for a post on the process.

This week, I’m in Patrick County, Virginia for a couple of days, then I head down to Matthews, NC for the balance of the week. I’ll be available for home landscape consultations, farm consults, and small business counseling as well.

Fall is on the way, and that means planting season. While I’ll be pretty busy this week, I can always make time to help YOU be a Successful Gardener! If you’d like me to come by and help you with a garden consultation, I’d love to do it. I’ve designed and installed all kinds of landscapes, from formal herb gardens to Permaculture homesteads. In an hour, I can solve problems, identify plants, show you some opportunities, and help you enjoy your garden even more! If you’re interested, contact me here.

Fall is a great time to evaluate farm enterprises as well. I farmed and operated a plant nursery in NC for 15 years, and was an NC Cooperative Extension agent for 8 years. In that time, I learned a LOT about farm production and farm business management. I can help you with organic certification, transition to organic practices, and marketing your farm and food products. To learn how to cultivate profit on your farm, contact me here.

Fall can be a great time to start your own business, too. You can be up and running by Springtime, and if you have a good business plan, maybe even sooner. Whatever the schedule, strategic planning is essential for success. I can help you write a business plan, construct enterprise and cash flow budgets, and do market research. Individual consultations and group trainings are options for getting the information you need to succeed! To take advantage of the opportunities that are available to small business owners, contact me here.

Remember to enjoy your garden, because THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Off The Mat, Into My Life*

I’ve mentioned several times about taking Yoga “off the mat”. That’s obviously a reference to the ubiquitous yoga mat. What I mean by that phrase is taking the effects of My Yoga Practice and applying them to the “real”< world. Something happened to me the other day that I think is a good illustration of what I mean by that. I was working on some farm equipment, and as often happens, I had a drive shaft get stuck on a mower gearbox. If you’ve ever had that occur, you know that can be very frustrating. This time was no exception.

I worked on that drive shaft for several hours, and my old way of dealing with that began to creep in on me. Get more and more angry, put more and more force and anger into it, until finally, by sheer force of will you make it happen. Once I recognized what I was doing, I stopped immediately. “I’m not doin’ this”, I said to myself.

It being an absolutely beautiful fall day in the mountains, I simply sat down and rested. I enjoyed the day for a bit, doing some breath work.# Then, I stretched out and rested even more! When I started back to work, it was with a completely different mindset.

I’m not going to tell you that I immediately solved the problem. No, it took me another hour to find a solution. But that hour wasn’t stressful. I credit My Practice for that. As I continue to practice, I expect to cultivate the mindset that keeps all the stress to a minimum. Not by changing external things, but by changing ME. Changing how I look at Life, how I handle things that happen.

That’s the real value of practice. Not simply the physical aspects of Asana, but the the mental and Spiritual aspects of all the “Limbs” of Yoga. Judith Hansen Lassiter, a teacher I greatly respect, says that in a sense, “true” Yoga is the physical, mental, and spiritual affects given to us by the practice, not the practice itself. That’s what I’ve found to be true in My Life.

Whether you practice Yoga or not isn’t the point, though I highly recommend it. It’s the practice you choose, be it Prayer or meditation or Gratitude. “Practice, and all is coming”, said Patabi Jois. That means keep working at your practice with Intention and Detachment, and you’ll soon see the benefits in all parts of your Life.

REMEMBER – The work you do on the mat affects the Life you Live off the mat.

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

*With apologies to the fine group, Off The Mat, Into The World.
< “Reality” should always be written in quotes. – Buckminster Fuller
# I used a Pranayama practice I call “1-2 breath”. Stop and pay attention to your breathing for a few breaths. Take a deep breath in and out. Slowly inhale on a 3 count, then exhale (at the same pace as your inhale) on a 6 count. Repeat as necessary. This practice works with your body’s nervous system to slow down and come to a more restful, quiet state. Once you’ve settled down, take another deep breath in and out. Then go on with your day. I’ve used this practice in multiple situations, and for a recovering Type A person like myself, it really helps.

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