Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Some Thanks to some of you who Blog....

I would just like to say Thank You to Laruga, Krista, Lisa and Ursula....
You four have been so amazingly inspiring to me in my Yoga practice. Your guidance, advice, examples and just who you are as people have lifted me so high!
Laruga~your Blog posts from India and now from Ohio on Life and your daily practice inspire me to do the best I can each and every morning...your emails too..all printed and in my journal for reference. You are truly one who took the step and became an ever better person in doing so, You learned so much about yourself and trusting..and in doing that you taught me so many lessons on those things as well.Things I shall keep with me always~
Krista~what can I say...You are a Bright Shining Spirit who never stops giving~ I hope one day I can meet you and just be in your essence! You are an example of what I wish I would have been and done at your age...and in that you have inspired me to take the fear and face it head on and GO FOR IT!!! The Yoga will keep me safe always, and you being in my life will as well!
I simply adore you for who you are and I can't imagine anyone being more true as a friend than you!
Lisa~What can I say...You are so supportive and kind and compassionate and true to yourself and what you feel and believe in...if we could all just take a little of that and act on it...what a difference it would make! I have adored you since the first day I read your blog when you were in India. I thought..this girl "has it". And you do... you have SO much that you don't even realize...and you touch so many people in the process. I Thank You my friend! You are without words...truly a gift to all~
Ursula~ I can only say that each and everyday I save the "best for last" I read your blog last...because I hang on your every word...checking in each and everyday to see how your Meditation and Yoga practice went for the day....its like a part of my morning routine...I would be lost without it! You have become my dear friend in Germany..and my day would not be complete without knowing how your morning, afternoon and evening went! I mean that you know!
I think the world of you all....and then some...but not so many..Its sad, but true. You have to use your time wisely and I do....I see my friends from a far daily and they make me a better human being in doing so!

Monday, October 29, 2007

my bad...

I got an email from a Yoga Studio that I used to attend when I lived in Marin one day last week...
It said to "Remember to set your clocks BACK one hour on Saturday Night so that you will arrive for class on time Sunday Morning"
Soooooooooooo,we did.
This morning my husband got up all leisurely and practiced Yoga and had breakfast and THEN his phone rang....
It was his Boss... "Hi Ray, are you coming into work today"?
"Hi Kathy, yes, why"?
"Well, you are almost one hour late"
my bad....
I took the phone and explained what happened, After she told me that for 24 years the clocks were changed the weekend before Halloween...but this year they get changed the weekend AFTER!
Oh well..just another day in the Cox household...did I mention there is never a dull moment around here??
We had a good laugh...then my husband left for work!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

coconut anyone??

i can hardly wait to be here and having one of these in the morning!!!!

soon...very soon!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

My home away from home in Mysore~~~~


This will be my home for 10 days upon arrival in Mysore!!
I am SO very blessed to be able to be staying at Ganesh and Anus in their upstairs room~complete with maid service and laundry! Plus Anu's food is Divine! Its a wonderful feeling for me knowing that I will be looked after so graciously, especially since I will be there during such a busy time~
Ganesh and Anu are always so good to me and my husband! Thank You again Ganesh!

If you click on the "room for rent" you can see the room I will have~
and Thank You Krista for helping as always and especially for creating the beautiful web page for Ganesh and Anu~~~You ROCK my friend!!!


Friday, October 26, 2007

since were on the subject of India....

I thought I would display what I found today when I was out "thrift shopping"!!
There is this Thrift Shop in town..it was voted "Best Thrift Shop in Nevada County"..and I DO agree with that!
I am pretty choosy when I go there..I don't really collect "things"..I walk out of there most of the time with a book maybe..or nothing at all...
but today..Today was different~
I had NO idea that the bag was worth so much more than the measly 3.00 I paid for it, I bought it because, well...I am a girl and I LOVE bags..but it reminded me of India with the jeweled Peacocks on the front and it was so well made and it was made in 1964..so I knew it was a good vintage piece. Then I did a Google search when I got home. WOW! I will treasure this bag forever~ I fell in love with it the moment I laid eyes on it!

Then I saw the Barbie in the Sari with her Bindi and ring and earrings on..and for 5.00 it was going to be for my granddaughter Kaili who is 9 months old..she still MAY get it one day. But now that I have her home I am in love with her!
I was never really a Barbie doll girl...but this one I saw when I was in India this year and I almost got her there...but didn't. Today I grabbed her!
Oh...I found a great copy of "A House for Mr. Biswas" by V.S. Naipal

did I mention that Indian novels are also one of my weaknesses??

OM Shanti!

OH...You MUST click on the photo of the bag to see the detail! Simply divine!

It's Official...India, here I come!

Yesterday it became official!!!

I will be leaving San Francisco on January 10Th for Mysore, India!

This trip will be different though...I will be going alone~but of course I won't really be alone...I never really am! It will be a quick 3 week trip this time, as we usually stay 6 weeks.

My husband will not be able to join me next year..and it is sad, but it is how it will have to be this time. So, with my head held high...and my luggage in hand...I will jet out of here on that day next year! Bringing with me LOTS of shoes!!!! and of course my Yoga mat!!!


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

what was it....

was it that Moon last night....or the fires in SD...all the chaos of the people and animals losing their place in this world. It has made me so sad today...

I couldn't even finish up my Yoga Practice this morning...I literally gave up halfway through it.

Sat in Lotus and did some praying for all of those who need it most at this time...

then took my little fur babies for an hour hike in the woods and through the trees and of course my frame of mind is so much better now.

I did a distance healing on a friend in need this afternoon~~~

you know who you are, and I hope it helped in some small way~~~you are loved!

I had a sweet phone message from a friend who is also a healer~she is so dear!

And then a most wonderful email from my dear friend in Canada..who made my day complete with her words of wisdom and she will be decorating the front of my journal that I will be bringing with me to India in January~ It means so much to me that she is doing this for me...

she is an Artist and a Visionary..an Angel and a lifelong friend.and someone who's words and thoughts mean so much to me..and to have her do this, is a gift you could not imagine!

I have a handful of friends..Good friends....those that say just what you need to hear, when you need to hear it most..and who make you feel like a better person, just by having them in your life!

A rare thing if I do say so myself!

I am Blessed~

and I treasure each one of them!


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

As You Think

I stumbled upon this book quite by accident...
but as I don't believe in "Coincidence", I also no longer believe in "Accidents" either.
This book is 90 pages in length..but holds more wisdom, knowledge and insight than ALL of the books I own combined that are supposed to contain those things...
I HIGHLY recommend this book...it could even perhaps change your life....
I read it last night before I went to sleep...
here is just one paragraph that I found so exquisitely beautiful~
"Cherish your visions; Cherish your ideals; Cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your finest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment, of these, if you remain true to them, your world will at last be built"
also pages 59 through 63 are extremely powerful and actually changed all thoughts that I had of the fear that was hiding inside of me on an upcoming situation that I will be put in....
Get this book if you never buy another one~

Starting Over...

My Mom called me last night crying....
my 25 year old nephew was burned out..and lost everything..including the place he worked at...Gone.
He is coming back up to Nothern California now, to start over.

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti

Monday, October 22, 2007

Many Thanks Guruji~

for this beautiful practice that you have given to us and guided us on~
It makes my life so much more complete and it fills me up with more than you can know~
Om Shanti~ May your life be long and blessed as you have blessed mine this day and everyday~

Sunday, October 21, 2007

A Complaint Free World...it is doable!

I had seen the book somewhere..but I didn't buy it. I did buy it yesterday though....

and you know....I began reading it last night, and found so many wonderful passages inside the pages. I thought to myself "How can this be possible"? To go each day of your life and not complain about one single thing....I read some to my husband and we decided to go for it! 21 days of No Complaining, Gossiping, or Talking about others in a negative way.

Today I have done it! I passed the whole day with out one wrong thing said! I realized that I rarely complain, or gossip..I do talk about people though...mainly I make comments about what I observe though. I am a "People Watcher" and I am utterly fascinated by people in general. I love people. I really love people. I love talking to people and finding out what they think about and what pulls at their heart strings..what they are passionate about...and what they do in life.

Everyone has a story!

I am so happy to be in this life, and enjoy each day to the fullest.

I don't think I am going to have a problem making it 21 days....

here are some of the passages from the book..or rather "quotes"

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.

Don't complain" Maya Angelou

"We are shaped by our thoughts, we become what we think" Buddha

"Why are we masters of our fate,the captains of our souls? Because we have the power to control our thoughts" Alfred A. Montapert

The Monkeys....watch out!

India Official Dies After Monkey Attack

By Associated Press 7:28 AM PDT, October 21, 2007
NEW DELHI -- Wild monkeys attacked a senior government official who then fell from a balcony at his home and died Sunday, media reported. New Delhi Deputy Mayor S.S. Bajwa was rushed to a hospital after the attack by a gang of Rhesus macaques, but succumbed to head injuries sustained in his fall, the Press Trust of India news agency and The Times of India reported. Many government buildings, temples and residential neighborhoods in New Delhi are overrun by Rhesus macaques, which scare passers-by and occasionally bite or snatch food from unsuspecting visitors. Last year, the Delhi High Court reprimanded city authorities for failing to stop the animals from terrifying residents and asked them to find a permanent solution to the monkey menace. Part of the problem is that devout Hindus believe monkeys are manifestations of the monkey god Hanuman and feed them bananas and peanuts -- encouraging them to frequent public places. Over the years, city authorities have employed monkey catchers who use langurs -- a larger and fiercer kind of monkey -- to scare or catch the macaques, but the problem persists.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

on our way to Chennai Beach...Cochin, India

Taking the Ferry over to Vippen Island~


Friday, October 19, 2007

Green, Green....green

a few nice things that I purchased this afternoon
and I am really missing "Lydia's" Restaurant in Fairfax....I swear, since we have moved here I can't find any good Organic places to eat.....
but at least they had some of her crackers that we love so much!
I found some awesomely delicious flax Oil that is Cinnamon flavoured! It is SO yummy!!
I had a really delish green drink for lunch after my yoga this morning~
Feeling AWESOME!!!

it is time...

and now it's time for a little Yoga and meditation...minus Bindi (my chihuahua)!
My hair is not pink...and I am not on the beach..but I do have glasses just like these..and my hair is cut the same!
Oliver, my son, made this little avatar for me..so I am honoring him today and posting it!
Namaste~and Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Email from Mysore...

our sweet Tibetan Monk Chaku, sent me this email this morning~He is SO excited!!

Dear mama,
I am very happy to hear from you.
Today is holiday and as you know that last night we watched television of the voice of America services in Tibetan for giving US congressional gold medal to his holiness.
We celebrated whole night.
All people in our settlement have prayed in front of our monastery at early in this morning and they celebrated.

Many different bands from many different schools have preformed this morning about 10 o’clock.
Now all my classmates and I have come here in Mysore for enjoying this day.
We really happy and I tried to call on papa’s cell phone last night after the finish ceremony inside the US capitol but it made one or twice rings and then it made disconnected itself.
I really would like saying, congratulation to his holiness.

Anyway, I really wish to talk with you.
Please have celebrate for this day.
Stay healthy and cool.
Your little monk,

His Holiness the most wonderful man!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Finally doing it!
My husband and I have wanted to for awhile now..and today I took the big step! We are taking a Raw Foods Class!! We have almost every item except for the one you see on the left..and that has been ordered now as well. Our most favorite place to eat in the city was "Cafe Gratitude" unless we were in Berkeley for the day..and then right before we moved from San Rafael...that built one two blocks from my house!! :0(
We do miss it...but I ordered their cookbook with lots of the recipes that they have on the menu...so now I can make them at home! One of my good friends from Marin was a Raw Food person..and that guy looked SO radiant, you almost had to put on sunglasses when he came into the room! Awesome! The foods we put into our bodies are so important. I have been off meat for 5 years now. Never once have I missed meat. In fact I never liked it to begin with...I was always the last one to leave the table growing up...I would put my chicken or steak into a napkin and run to the bathroom and flush it....or feed it to the dog if he was in the room during dinner.
So I am really excited about the change now...to all Raw!
Bon Apetite!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

HH the Dalai Lama accepts Congressional Medal of Honor!

Oct 17: Watch the Dalai Lama's Public Address Live~This Wednesday, October 17th~

The President of the United States will present His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal of Honor. Thousands of Tibetans and their supporters will be in Washington, D.C to celebrate this historic occasion. Following the award ceremony, the Dalai Lama will give a public address from the West Lawn of the Capitol.
We're excited to announce that several live broadcasts of the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony will be available for public viewing. The International Campaign for Tibet will webcast the day's events, starting at 11am. Click here for more details. Voice of America (VOA) will also have a televised Tibetan language broadcast, airing live at 12:45pm EST (10:15pm New Delhi standard time, 12:45am Lhasa standard time). For frequency and additional broadcasting information, please visit VOA's website.
On October 17, be a part of history by organizing a public screening of the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony on your campus or in your community. This is a great way to raise awareness about Tibet in the lead up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It also pays tribute to the Dalai Lama's tireless efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the Tibet issue, and his monumental contribution to global peace.
This celebration will also mark the first public meeting between the Dalai Lama and a sitting U.S. President, following a wave of high profile meetings between the Dalai Lama and world leaders. Last month, he was warmly met by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, despite strong objections from the Chinese government.
Help show the Chinese government the widespread global support for Tibet by joining us at the U.S. Capitol on October 17th. If you are unable to travel to D.C., please share this historic moment with fellow students, co-workers, family and friends by organizing a live screening of the celebration.
Bod Rangzen, Free Tibet!
Lhadon, Tendor, Kate, Kala, Heather and all of us here at SFT HQ

Monday, October 15, 2007

on balance

a little injury these past few days....my left upper quad is hurting a little bit..and I know its because of "balance" and by that I mean, I have been running too much and not balancing it with my Yoga practice.

I know, I know, shame on me. But you would think after 29 years of running and being a Yogini I would know better. I just got caught up in my Marathon training.

I love Yin Yoga and I love Ashtanga and I also love Bikram.....my truest love is running. But I know I need them all in order to keep balanced.

So tomorrow I will do just that.... Balance it all out equally!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

sorta,kinda...they'll do!

not quite HK..but I like them! He got these too!!

Hello Kitty Bowling Style!

Say what you will...but I ADORE Hello Kitty! My husband has been literally "begging" me to go bowl with him...I said "I'll bowl with you if I can get a Hello Kitty Bowling Ball"...and he said "OK"!

So he ordered these for me...

along with a matching Hello Kitty towel for those "sweaty palms" you get when you bowl??

Now..I am wondering if they have shoes????

Friday, October 12, 2007

Going with the Flow...

today is a day where I feel a little bit crowded and "full"..I will begin with Yoga and that should help to "unclutter" the mind, and that's always a good start!
I'll never forget the first time I was in a train station in India....
it never ceases to amaze me how Indian people can adjust to every situation that they have before them. I wish I could be more that way. To just "Go with the Flow" and relax....
it is a hard lesson for me to learn..at 46 I am still trying to...
and that is why I love going back there, because with each trip I feel as though I get a little bit closer to attaining that goal.
Om Shanti~

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Namgyal Monestary, Mcleod Ganj~India

This is behind His Holiness the Dalai Lama's residence...and Monastery/Temple. It is approximately a mile and a half walk around. Everyday we would walk it, twice on most days and spin the Prayer Wheels with the old Tibetan people....

Nice memories~and now we are confirmed for our reservation in late January to return once again!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The Prayer Wheels in Dharamsala

Up close at His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Temple in McCleod Gang..this is absolutely as close to Heaven as you can get....unbelievable...and heart warming just to be there!

Monday, October 8, 2007

My new Sign!

I finally got my sign hung up at my office....see my big smile!

Poochie! Anu and Ganesh's dog!

and for those of you who frequent Mysore....you will recognize this little person in his "fur coat"!

He is Ganesh and Anu's little Poochie! Adorable doesn't even begin to describe this guy...

Sunday, October 7, 2007

The words of the tongue should have 3 gatekeepers.

1. Is it true?

2. Is it kind?

3. Is it necessary?

Arabian Proverb

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Saying Good-Bye to Chaku...

This needs No explanation....

Mama and Chaku at Gyumed Monestary, 2007

This is our other son, Chaku. This was taken in March on our visit to India where we stayed at his Monestary in Mysore. He is just the gentlest little soul ever....he writes me the sweetest emails and tells me, "You must take relax" its not something you actually "take"..he just tells me to relax because he knows how life in America is so much busier and crazier than life in India!

He worries about his Mama and Papa. We love him so much!

Friday, October 5, 2007

on the way to school...Mysore, India 2007

as we were on our way to breakfast one morning, we passed this rickshaw FILLED with children on the way to school...its just way to cute! I cannot wait to get back there!


A special performance~

Perfromed especially for us that beautiful day in Bangalore....the sweetest boys!


Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Beautiful Happenings!

Things these days in my life are just ~~~Flowing~~~so extremely beautifully!
I am finding that listening deeply to my intuition is paying off in a really BIG way for me. Doors are opening...opportunities are presenting themselves...people are appearing in my life that are helping me along my new found path...
its all been such a Blessing for me. I do feel truly Blessed.
I met a really wonderful woman in Nashville and we talk every single day! Whether it be in an email or on the phone, we just Connected and she is just the most special spirit and so inspiring, supportive and FUNNY!!!! I couldn't have asked for a better gift of a friend~
I am thinking about my trip to India...reading my friend Krista's Blog, and wishing I were there right now!! I miss my HOME! India~~~
But I have Healings scheduled each Sunday~it has worked out so well with my space and meeting people and talking about what I do, they get so excited just hearing me talk about it, that they want to Experience it! Made an appointment for a woman I met today and she is coming to my office on Monday for a Healing~ It is what I do, and it is what I LOVE to DO. It is my passion and my reason for being here as I am finding out. It is pure Grace and Bliss and it is touching Heaven while here on Earth!
Its the most Gorgeous Gift imaginable and I am now doing it as my work!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Who's Bed is this anyway?

I sometimes wonder who's bed this is.....
Lola seems to think it's hers..oh, but wait, Elf and Bindi do too....
soon my husband and I may be sleeping on the BIG dog pillow in the living room!
oh well, at least she looks good in it!

Monday, October 1, 2007

241 East Main Street... continued!

this is on the back side of the builing at the entrance to the massage office...where the owner works.

and here are the rest of the photos! This is looking towards the entrance of my office...

and right as you open the door....

the cute window seat that looks out to the sitting area...

and the rambling creek that goes down the back side of the building...I was told it runs year round!
I feel so fortunate to have found this spot...the owners Mom told me that she was waiting for the "right" person to call~that must have been ME!