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Thoughts From Annie

December 2018

Thoughts from Annie Enemy Images or Who Do You Hate? Dear Friends, My husband and I got into a dispute recently over our shared Google calendar. He hadn’t put something on our calendar and so that day I was surprised that he wasn’t coming home for dinner. I was annoyed, and right away a barrage…

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November 2018

Thoughts from Annie Grief and Despair: Don’t Stop Planting Dear Friends, During a Question & Answer session some years ago, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh was asked, “What is the hardest part of your practice?” I expected him to say, “stilling the mind” or “working with anger.” Nope. Thich Nhat Hanh answered that “not falling…

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October 2018

Thoughts from Annie A Formula for Resilience Dear Friends, Over the last week we have heard some extremely discouraging news about our irreplaceable planet. We learned that it would “require unprecedented changes” (40-50% reduction in emissions by 2030 and complete carbon neutrality by 2050) in order to prevent catastrophic climate change weather events. These events…

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September 2018

Thoughts from Annie Mindful Eating, It’s About Love Dear Friends, I wrote my first blog post about mindful eating in 2008. Since then I’ve written several more posts and an entire book (Things I Did When I Was Hangry: Navigating a Peaceful Relationship with Food) about mindful eating. Eating is not just something I love…

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August 2018

Dear Friends, While doing a day hike along the Appalachian Trail, I crossed paths with a young man and young woman, both looking very healthy, strong, and able bodied. They had walked nearly 1000 miles with more than another 1000 miles to go. They were confident that they would reach Maine by the fall. While…

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July 2018

Thoughts from Annie How to (Block, Build,) Be. I like to stay up with the news, for the most part. But, sometimes I get overwhelmed. Recently, several young adults told me that they don’t plan to have kids because the world is such a mess. Millions of refugees are fleeing violence and instability, there is…

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June 2018

Thoughts from Annie This month, Annie has invited guest blogger Alison Gray to share her thoughts. Alison is a long-time Circle Yoga student, a graduate of the Year of Mindfulness program, and regular attendee and facilitator of the Opening Heart Mindfulness Community. Saying Goodbye and Saying Hello by Alison Gray After my friend Leigh lost her…

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May 2018

Thoughts from Annie Clearing the Weeds of Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, Transphobia, Ableism, and Economic Injustice Dear Friends, If you follow my writing, you may have noticed that I haven’t been blogging as much lately. I’ve invited guest bloggers, pulled from my archives, and written lighter pieces, like the one about the yoga studio’s 15-year anniversary.…

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April 2018

Thoughts from Annie This month, Annie has invited guest blogger Michelle Johnson-Weider to share her thoughts. Michelle first took refuge in the Tibetan Buddhist Karma Kagyu tradition in 1996, and in January 2013, received the Five Mindfulness Trainings with the Still Water Mindfulness Practice Center in the Vietnamese Zen tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. She…

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March 2018

Thoughts from Annie Celebrating 15 Years! Dear Friends, This week we are very happy to be celebrating the 15th anniversary of Circle Yoga Cooperative (CYC). The very first day of teaching in the current building was March 17, 2003. Of course, it wasn’t yet the studio we all know and love. That day, I offered…

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