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Tiny Time Machines

Tiny Time Machines Stealing Time Back

by Garni Sohrabian.

once upon a time, before clocks told the time

not yet tomorrow, after yesterday
the time is now, the day today

the clockmaker made a big noisy clock
strange it was and said tick tock tick tock

the time bandit, one noisy day
heard so much noise he could not play

he broke the clock to be free
and made it look like infinity

Garni Sohrabian started a shoe company with a friend right after college. It grew into into nineteen countries and everyone thought he had it all on the outside, but deep inside something was missing. After seven years, he sold his ownership in the shoe company to travel, write, and do some soul searching. After finally finding his soul again, he started tiny time machines with his fellow time bandit friend Armen Mahdessian. Now they break clocks and remind people to be here now. Or as they call it, “steal time back” from the clockmaker!

Be sure to check them out on Facebook.

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Take the plunge, marry yourself. Proclaim that you are fabulous!

Self Wedding 1Go on, take the plunge!

Marry someone who completely deserves your unconditional love… yourself! friends and all-round wonderful human beings Jeffrey Levin and Bonnie Powers, want to spread more love in the world, and have set out to get people to “take the plunge and marry yourself.”

Having conducted a number of self-weddings, this husband and wife team are out to grow this idea in as many ways as possible. They see the self-wedding idea as a movement that spreads happiness.  ”Love doesn’t start with the idea of waiting for the right one to complete you. Love starts with completing yourself. Realizing you are the right one,” says Powers. “The more you love yourself, the better able you are to love others.”

The Self-Wedding In-A-Box comes in a fabulous vintage-modern blush and mint colored kit with a sterling silver or 14k solid gold unisex ring designed by Levin, the ceremony verbiage, vows, and affirmation cards.  Their kit has all you need to create your own ceremony, including a self-wedding ring and vows.

I Married Me Self-Wedding In-A-Box is a genuinely inspirational practice. It reminds you, as you wear your ring, that the simplest thing you can do to make for a happier, more content life is to LOVE YOURSELF!

Help support this idea, and the campaign to raise funds on Indiegogo!

I Married Me from I Married Me on Vimeo.

Follow the Love:
Contact:Jeffrey Levin, Ring Maker: jeff at imarriedme dot com, 310.207.8899Bonnie Powers, Wedding Planner: bonnie at imarriedme dot com, 415.305.8973 


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Book Review: Mindful Movements: Ten Exercises for Well-Being

mind body spirit retreats, books, Mindful Movements: Ten Exercises for Well-Being is a beautiful little spiral bound book with an accompanying CD created by the Vietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Hanh.

This is one of several routines I have been doing everyday for the past five years. It is so simple to do that I even do it when I am on vacation or I am a bit under the weather. Some people are under the misconception that being mindful means sitting quiet and still with focused attention. These exercises demonstrate how you can have focused awareness while moving, promoting well-being through mindful movement.

Here is a Youtube video of Thich Nhat Hahn doing these exercises:

It may be hard to believe, but he is in his 80’s, yet notice the control he has over his movements.

The beauty of this book and CD is that young and old alike are capable of doing these mindful movements. As soon as our granddaughter is able to keep her balance on one leg, I plan to teach her this routine. It is never too young to teach mindfulness, and it is never too old to focus on our well-being.

To purchase this book, please click here (thanks for supporting by purchasing through our Amazon store!)

Thank you to Paula Wilkes for submitting this book review. You may also be interestred in an article she recently wrote entitled “Do You Have a Spiritually Sensitive Child:” To learn more about Paula Wilkes, click here.



Comments ( 0 ) Recommends Emerging Women Live 2014 – October 9th to 12th, 2014

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With feminine power on the rise, many women are feeling called to create a new kind of work life – one where we can be fully expressed and supported in our lifestyle choices. With technology made more accessible every day, the barriers to starting and growing a business are shrinking, and many women are choosing entrepreneurship as a path to a career of meaning and purpose, creative expression,  and financial success.  Other women in leadership or executive positions are using this paradigm shift to influence change in “the how” of doing business within companies or organizations.

This year’s event will be in New York  at the Sheraton Hotel Times Square. Relax and de-stress in New York  at the Sheraton Hotel Times Square and nourish yourself with integrative practices such as yoga, dance, and meditation.

At Emerging Women Live each participant will be introduced to a facilitated peer circle of about 15 participants at the event. These circles will address issues that are specific to the people in the group, questions or comments that arise from the material on the main stage, and themes that are emerging from the tribe. These circles are meant to be seeds for connection, peer support, and mentor-ship, and tied to many other circles as we continue to expand our reach. We are all in various stages of becoming, and there is no stronger foundation than to emerge within the support and wisdom of community.

Whether you are an executive, an entrepreneur, or a creative – if you are committed to expressing your unique gifts to the world, at Emerging Women Live you’ll find a community of like-minded women ready to help you succeed.

Emerging Women Live 2014 is a wonderful event for all women. Join at th eSheraton Hotel Times Square in New York City for an enlightening experience.

For more information on Emerging Women Live 2013 click here.


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33 Unusual Ways to Deal with Depression loves these tips from Claudia Yogi. And you don’t have to do all 33. Pick 3 to get started!


Wayne Dyer told me to “get up and go help someone”.  I was calling his radio show seeking advice on how to deal with low moods in the early days of 2004, I was depressed.  He was right. But walking away from my desk to see if someone needed help got me out of my own head (the trouble-maker) and resulted in a little love for me since I did do something useful that day.

Giving a hand is such a good suggestion when it comes to depression that it makes it to number 1, then there are the other 32 other unusual ways:

  1. Follow Wayne Dyers’ advice and get up and try to help someone else, I know it is hard, but it will result in getting you out of your head, it did to me at that time.  If you cannot find someone in your immediate surroundings that needs help there is in the NY area and similar organizations pretty much in every state/country.
  2. If the depression is so bad that you cannot handle it, if the weight is so heavy, if the tears are too many and you cannot get out of bed, then you, or me, or anyone, needs help.  Talking to a therapist and getting medication for depression is a sign of strength is telling the universe that we are willing to go wherever we need to, to be well, to be healed.  And western medicine is wonderful sometimes, lets give it credit.
  3. Asking for help in the form of someone helping us cook a meal or get through something that needs to be done, or simply just asking for someone to listen to us is very humbling, and healing.
  4. Let the sunshine in, both metaphorically and in practice, I love listening to this song, it does not always do it but sometimes it works.  If you just want to let the sunshine in and skip the dawning of the age of Aquarius, jump to minute 2:18.  After listening it might be a good idea to take a walk, and see the sun shine, let us never take it for granted!  The Fifth Dimension – Aquarius, Let the Sunshine in
  5. Clean up the house.  How are the surroundings?  Depression, hatred and bad energy all have something in common, they love clutter, thrive in it, so they make a home and never leave.  Cleaning your surroundings helps the mind get clean, focused, and thriving.
  6. Take up yoga, whatever style resonates with you (I like Ashtanga), whatever  brings you in line with your own truth, whatever works, that is the one!  Moving the body is critical for mind well-being, and yoga provides a way to synchronize the body with the breath and sending air into the lungs and areas of the body that do not generally get it.  Also the stretching allows for tension and release, and savasana or corpse pose at the end, for deep relaxation.
  7. Read inspirational quotes.  I have my own set of yoga quotes that jolt me back into center.  Any book that floats your boat is also a good idea (Course in Miracles, the Bible, the Koran, The Torah, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Women Who Run with the Wolves, you name it).
  8. Meditation returns us to the blank page, to a place of open possibility, or at least it aims for it.  I certainly cannot get my mind to stop the chatter for over 20 seconds, sometimes even that is too hard, but in the trying, in the sitting, in the ritual of meditation I find solace and refuge.  Also, sitting with our feelings without judging them can “wash them” away, give them less power, and eventually, if we are lucky, clear them.
  9. Nutrition is an enormous part of our state of mind.  If we are only eating starches and sodas we are not going to  be successful coming out of the dark.  It is important to eat those leafy greens, get a dose of those B Vitamins and make sure we are drinking plenty of water. Just as a side note, not long ago I watched the movie “Food Matters”.  In it there was an M.D. (whom apparently cannot practice in the US anymore due to being so “anti-establishment” I guess) who found out that high levels of Niacin (a type of B vitamin that can be bought over the counter) succeeded in clearing depression.  You can watch the movie here, and no, I am not affiliated with them or anything like that.
  10. Flowing energies. For a body to be in optimal balance it needs to flow, creatively, lovingly, sexually, organically.  For example: are you going to the bathroom daily for 1 and 2?  This is a critical question that needs investigation, if things are not flowing there is a problem, and it needs to be addressed.
  11. Are you sleeping? After much traveling and seeking throughout the world, I realized that when it comes to sleeping there are some basic guidelines for rest, and there is not much more to it.  I am a big proponent of sleep, don’t know about you, but I love it.  I find it restores me and gets all my bodies back in line. Also, since we are on this topic, I would like to bring back the old South American concept of “siesta” and stand up for it.  Taking a little rest during the day is refreshing (OK, maybe not if it goes for longer than an hour) and can help in having better concentration for afternoon tasks. If you can do it (not all of us can), go for it! and enjoy it for all of us.
  12. Identifying Who or what is draining you?  Some people mean well and say that they are your friends, this is all good, but once in a while it might be a good idea to check on our own definition of friendship.  It is important to be clear on the energies that surround us.  If you feel drained after visiting with someone then maybe seeing less of that person is a good idea.  Even Patanajali (the father of all yogas) suggests it ( I-33 … by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked)
  13. Eliminate all drama. Drama has a place: soap operas, not our lives.  I have made it a point to eliminate all dramatic people and dramas from my life as much as possible, and strive to keep on reducing it.  I believe that a life free of drama is not only possible, it is healthy.
  14. Give up reading the news for one week, or six, or 52.  Media fasts are my favorite way of dealing with the blues. I know that the world is there and that things are happening but believing that by knowing more about the latest stream of yellow press we will be helping is deluded.  It is important to find our own center and be well ourselves before we can be of any service to others, and hence a media fast aids in the recovery of our own energies.  The world will always be there when we return.
  15. Take care of you.  Just like we talked about the house up on #5, our body being a temple is not just something we say in this time and age, is something we should take as the gospel.  Taking a salt bath, doing a Castor oil bath, having a facial, nails, feet scrub.  Anything that will send our body the message that we love it is helpful.
  16. Loving ourselves, here are 32 unusual ways of doing so.
  17. Taking one step a day towards our passion. Many times depression is linked to not following our own passion, and sometimes this happens because we do not know what our passion is.  I find that allocating time to finding out what it is we love doing is well worth it.  For example, writing lists of things we enjoy is a good starting point, going to a workshop that has exercises designed to uncover what our passions are is another one.
  18. Doing one thing that will make things easier tomorrow.  i.e.: washing the sheets of the bed so tomorrow we an sleep on a bed that smells like fresh laundry, or finishing the dish-washing tonight so tomorrow we wake up to a dashing clean kitchen, or setting up the coffee machine at night so we wake up early to the nice smell of fresh brewing java.  Making that appointment with the dentist we know we need to get to.  Dealing with those tax return papers so they can be put away from our minds.  Thought of another one? please let me know in the comments.
  19. Avoiding future pain. The yoga sutras point to this very wisely on sutraII-16, which basically states that all future pain should be avoided.  If someone is furious or taking a strong stand against us or if we know that doing something will bring further repercussions then it might be a good idea to choose peace.  It does not mean letting anyone walk over us, it just means choosing our battles, and aiming for peace in the days to come.
  20. Checking on coffee and stimulants.  A lot of coffee (more than 2 cups a day) and red-bulls or cokes can add up and get our nerves on edge.  It is always necessary to keep an eye of caffeine intake when we are feeling low, because the crash of it can propel us to new lows.
  21. You tell me.  Yes, I am adding this one because I wonder if by reading this list so far you have come up with an idea of your own that you would like to share, please do tell me in the comments!
  22. Fast.  A fast maybe too strong a call, especially if you have never done one before, but extending the amount of hours that your stomach can rest, i.e.: not eating anything after 5:00 PM and until breakfast the next morning is a wonderful opportunity to give your possibly overloaded (stressed out) system a break and let it rest in a deeper way.
  23. Mantras that help.  Oprah says that if the only prayer you say is “Thank you” that is enough.  I agree, that is a very good mantra, other useful mantras are; I am healthy, I am well, I am centered. Thank you God because I am now in good health
  24. The Gayatri Mantra is said to bring miracles about, healing definitely. You can learn it here from Ramaswami:
  25. Write down 10 things you could do to cheer yourself up. Did I hear you say “oh no”!? in that case write 100.  Write them in the comments so I can read them too :-)
  26. Gratitude.  Being grateful for the things we have in our lives makes us suddenly realize that we are very blessed.  For example, if we ate today, had a hot shower, are dressed, can see, have hands, legs, that is right there quite a blessing. It is good to remember it.
  27. An Inspirational date.  Take a date by yourself and go to a museum, or go to an old train station and photograph it.  Take pictures of everything you eat and drink, or take a drive out to the country side.  What other ideas qualify do you think?
  28. A long walk. If you have a dog then you probably already know the power of long walks. If you do not then you are in for a treat.
  29. Checking on that alcohol intake.  I do not drink at all, but if you do, for example: socially,  then it might be good to keep an eye on what is happening in this area as excess alcohol has a taxing effect on our systems.
  30. 12 steps meetings.  Depression comes along many times because life seems too out of control. If you find yourself in debt, or addicted to love or sex, or gambling, then maybe a 12 step meeting is a place to visit.  There is no need to say anything, just being in a room with others who are going through something similar is very cathartic and healing.
  31. Routines.  Having a routine of things that must be done every day helps, that is the beauty of a yoga or meditation practice for example.  Work tends to provide such thing, but if you work by yourself this might be a bit harder to come across as you are the manager of your own time.  I find that scheduling tasks (does the car need to be taken for the oil change? do you need a dentist clean up?, etc. helps in keeping life within a rhythm, and that in turn aids in bringing a sense of balance.  It is not necessary to over-schedule but just have some minimal things that need to be done, for ourselves, other than work, each day.
  32. Plan that vacation and do it.  I find that trips work for me as a “restart” button in a computer, especially if they are well planned.  Going to another country for example is a wonderful way of learning how other people live, how they cope, how they enjoy, what they eat.  It opens the creativity flowing powers, it can, sometimes provide use with deep inspiration.  Suggested destinations: India, Thailand, Australia, Buenos Aires (Argentina), Motevideo (Uruguay), Santiago de Chile (Chile), Costa Rica.  In no particular order, if you have another suggestion of a place to visit please share in the comments.
  33. Surrendering – This too shall pass is a phrase that I keep repeating to myself whenever I get low, it helps in a way to know that it will pass, it is not so fun on the other side, when I feel great and I still know that “this too shall pass”, but such is life, we are here on a mission bigger than we comprehend, we are following our own cycle of growth and need respect it.  May it be what it may be, May thy will be done.

–By ~ a blog full of SO much good stuff.

Our Favorites are #13 (focus on Loving Yourself) and #33 (just Surrendering, letting it pass – but giving it a time limit.)  What are yours?

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