Total Surrender

There comes a time in every Yogi’s life when they start to search for the source of why their whole being is pulled toward this beautiful and sacred practice. Whether you began with the Third Limb, Asana, the Seventh Limb, or Meditation in your practice, it all leads to one magnetic pull. Guidance. Now where, oh where, could you go to find guidance in the Yoga world? I would say first, India would be the most ideal place but, not all of us can make the trip to study with Sharath Jois just yet.  So the next best thing? I’d say a Yoga studio. “Why a Yoga studio,” you ask?

A Yoga studio is where you will find teachers; teachers who have devoted their life to this practice. Souls who study and abide by all the Eight Limbs in Yoga and seek students eager to join this lifelong practice of peace and total serenity alongside them.

tiny-devotions-mala-beadsI know this because that is what I found. After establishing a daily home practice for the last two years I went seeking, as you might be now, for more. What I found was absolutely life changing in every way you could ever possibly think of.  I hadn’t ever felt alone in my practice, but those closest to me didn’t have the same devotion and passion as I do to Yoga. After taking classes at almost every Yoga studio in town, I finally felt the connection I didn’t even realize I was searching for at this amazing Ashtanga studio not too far from my house. The Yoga Shala of San Antonio. What you will find there are some of the most devoted, passionate, mindful, and caring Yogis I have ever met.

I chose to attend the Yoga teacher training program at the YogaShala led by my teachers, Ana Hollis and Lisa Long. I had been practicing Yoga for the last two years on my own, taking classes off of YogaGlo with Kathryn Budig and Dice Ida-Klein, which was more of a Vinyasa style. My handstands were pretty solid after a good eight months of practicing and inversions just came sort of natural to me, so it was what I practiced most, my strengths. Now, Ashtanga is something much more than just sticking a handstand or seeing how many transitions you can flow through. It is mindful breathing; a total body purification. After my first Ashtanga class, I literally felt like this was where I was supposed to be. It turned out it was.

Now, you hear all sorts of stories about teacher trainings. It being the absolute best time of your life, creating new lifelong friends, finding the pure, sensible connection to your mind, body, and soul. Well, mine began that way and then threw in a few curve balls at the end. Towards the end of my training I had really lost my grip on what I was doing and felt completely lost in all aspects of my life because my whole world, literally, fell apart. Or better worded, it put me on a different path. One that was going to require all my strength to do on my own. The days literally flew by me and by the time my graduation date came I really couldn’t tell you much about The Bhagavad Gita, or the Yoga Sutras. I hadn’t read my books in the last 8 weeks. I didn’t even realize I wasn’t putting in the proper effort I should’ve been and the one person who knew it all along was my teacher, Ana.

Ana chose not to give me my certificate on the date originally tiny-devotions-mala-beadsposted because, she felt I had not earned it. She was right. Although it was hard to sit at the graduation and see my Yoga sisters receive their certification, knowing I wasn’t receiving mine just yet, I wanted to be there. I wanted to be a part of that moment with them because they did earn it. Now I’m doing what I should’ve been doing and getting back to the source and allowing the practice to be the teacher. Come the New Year, when my teacher returns, hopefully I have found my ground again, My breath again, My focus again. Because if anyone is going to really see it, it’s her.

We all go through ups and downs in life and not everyone is always going to understand or be able to help you but, let me just say that your Yoga teacher, might just know exactly what to do. All we have to do is surrender.

“The practice is the teacher.”

Written by: Courtney Parnell. Find Courney on Instagram @limitlessyogisoul.

 

Let Your Soul Be Your Guide

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An Inexpensive and Natural Post-Holiday Beauty Fix

With the holidays nearing an end, hopefully you are feeling a surplus of love and good vibes. Your bank account? Not so much. After a month of festive parties, holiday dinners, shiny new outfits, and buying gifts for your family and friends, we all fear getting our bank statements in the mail.

An easy place to cut back spending is your beauty routine, but that’s no fun! The Goddess in you deserves to be pampered regardless of the change in your pocket. So, here are some simple and cost-effective beauty solutions that use items you probably already have hanging around the kitchen.

tiny-devotions-mala-beads1. Coconut Oil = The Beyonce of Natural Beauty Products
Beyonce can dance, sing, act, design clothing, and hangout with the Obamas. The girl can do it all, so can coconut oil. Besides its delicious and nourishing culinary uses, this oil is perfect as a moisturizer for your skin (face included), as a hair mask, and it works wonders removing makeup or as a substitute for massage oil. Skip the expensive lotions, masks, makeup wipes, and fancy massage products! Natural, affordable, and chemical-free, the addition of coconut oil to your beauty regimen is an easy way to save money while looking fabulous. Plus, chances are there is already a jar sitting in your cupboard!

2. Coffee Grinds = Baby Soft Hands
After enjoying your morning java using a French press or drip coffee maker, allow the damp coarse coffee grinds to cool completely. Take the grinds and gently use them as an all-natural scrub to remove dry skin from your hands, leaving them smooth and rejuvenated! Fancy exfoliating salt scrubs can cost a pretty penny, so why not put those fabulous-smelling grinds to good use?

3. Lemon Water = Easy, Affordable Detox
Yes, after that holiday indulgence, we all like to detox a little bit. While green juices and professional detox aids are amazing, they can also “cleanse” your bank account! Don’t underestimate the detoxifying power of simple lemon water first thing in the morning. Lemon aids digestion while flushing out toxins by stimulating enzyme function. It also reduces inflammation and contains tons of antioxidants to keep your skin clear and prevent wrinkles. On top of everything, lemons contain pectin fiber, which helps reduce cravings! Not bad for an item already hanging out in your fruit basket!

Try these around-the-house beauty remedies, save a penny, and let your beauty (inside and out) glow into the new year!

Alyson is a writer, communications professional, spiritual explorer and excited Mom-to-be. You can follow her journey here. Check our her Instagram @Eat_Pray_Move_Blog.

A Bohemian Holiday

The Holidays….(Swoon)

There are parties to be had, decorations to adore, champagne to drink, pie to eat, gifts to buy, carols to sing, snow to throw, mistletoe to kiss under, and a plethora of other exciting nonsense.

Fast-forward 2 months from now. It’s February. The magic of the Holidays is gone. The snow is now cold and grey and you feel like you’ve had a month long hangover-even though you haven’t had a drink since new years because you spent every last penny and then some on all the amazing gifts you got people- and lets be honest- yourself as well. Unfortunately your new pants don’t fit though, because you couldn’t bare to watch that last piece (or was it 10?) of pumpkin pie head to the trash. So now you’re cold, broke, depressed and wearing your “fat clothes” while sipping the latest “weight loss” tea hoping that your Christmas outfit will fit by Valentines day…

The. Struggle. Is. Real. BUT it doesn’t have to be! Here are 4 tips to help erase that whole last paragraph from your life:

tiny-devotions-mala-beads1. Laugh.
If you are having a stressful day, there is nothing more uplifting than finding something to laugh about. It even has physiological health benefits.  William Fry, a laughter researcher claimed it took ten minutes on a rowing machine for his heart rate to reach the level it would after just one minute of hearty laughter. Laughter makes you FEEL GOOD and it’s healthy!

2. Sweat.
Do something everyday that makes you sweat. Sometimes the thought of exercising can be stressful because we don’t feel like we have enough time. So we jump ship and don’t do it at all. Any exercise is good exercise. Dance around your front room. Go on a quick run. Run up and down the stairs at work on your lunch breaks. Do jumping jacks during commercials! Anything! Just get your body moving. The endorphin rush makes you feel good, and the calories burned keeps you feeling good.

3.Freshen up.
Start eating fruit as your snack. They are natural energy sources and can help boost your metabolism. Fresh spinach is a really great vegetable that you can put in almost anything. Chop it up fine and stir it in with scrambled eggs or into your waffle, pancake, or muffin mixes. Sounds crazy, but you don’t taste a thing, and its helping boost your immune system for all those parties you have planned.

4.Give.
Doing something nice for someone else takes our focus away from ourselves and reminds us that we are all beautiful human beings. There is so much love to be shared and so much need for it. Leave a sweet note on someone’s door. Wipe the snow from someone’s car. When you think someone looks fabulous, tell them.

Let your light shine and your life will look brighter to your own eyes.

Written by Heidi Williams. Find Heidi on Instagram @heidiwilliams89.

Harness Your Energy

How can we take negative energy and turn it into positive energy?

In a perfect world we would have an endless amount of positivity and happiness, and our days would be filled with rainbows and butterflies. Unfortunately that is not always the case.  Sometimes we encounter negative energy through tragic events or negative people. How you react when placed in the midst of negativity will determine whether you will get that rainbow after your storm.

tiny-devotions-mala-beadsWhen something negative happens to you, such as getting your heart broken or getting robbed, it is completely natural to feel sad and cry it out. However, self-sabotaging yourself by letting negative thoughts take over your mind will fuel your negativity. Acting rude to your loved ones or even strangers because you’re in a “bad mood” will spread your negative energy like a virus. Both positive and negative energy have a ripple effect, so don’t let negative energy ripple through you.  When you encounter negative energy instead of letting it multiply and spread, stop it in its tracks.  For every negative event or person you encounter be a positive change by creating a positive ripple.

I firmly believe that you can stop negative energy by smothering it with positive energy, both internally and externally. So what kind of things can you do to spread positivity you ask? Well is depends on the feeling that the negative energy gave you. When you get a negative feeling, find something that will make you feel the opposite way. For example, if negative energy left me feeling sad and depressed, I would do something that made me feel alive and happy, such as yoga, surfing, or scuba diving!  Then I would externalize my positive energy by doing something nice for a friend such as baking her gluten free vegan cookies. The possibilities are endless. But first you have to make the decision to harness the negatives and turn them into positives.

To help spread positive energy I put together a Positive Energy Yoga Flow. This sequence will open your heart and stimulate that happy feeling.

Grab your mat and join me here! Spread the love.

Written by Kylan Fischer. Check out Kylans website here.

I Am Grounded and Connected

Over the last few years, intuition is something I have finally placed a word on. For so long, my aunt would get these “funny feelings” and check on everyone in our family. She can feel when the energy is off. I have always had this same affliction, as does one of her daughters. Even as a teenager, I loved the idea of the energy and the funny feelings. I loved being connected in that special way even if I didn’t fully understand or recognize it for what it was: my intuition.

tiny-devotions-vibesMy favorite moment of intuition and energy was when my best friend read my tarot cards one night and told me my first kiss would be later that evening (and it was)! Or the hours I spent pouring over and memorizing my runes. The afternoons spent digging into the love spells I found in the corner hippie store during summer vacations, the ones you find in little leather bound books that call out to love sick teenagers and new age woo-woo soul sisters. I started tapping into this magic of my environment and my mind at a young age without even realizing it.

Once I started to claim “woo-woo” as a piece of who I am, I realized how deeply entrenched I already was in the spirit. For many, tapping into intuition needs to be learned (because our minds and society bury this beautiful part of our subconscious so deeply). But for others, we are already in this practice without realizing it. For those of us that have the “funny feelings” and “listen to our hearts”, we already have the deeper wisdom peeping through the fog. It’s now up to us to clear away those last little bits and begin to tap as deeply into this as we are able.

This energy is the energy of Anja, the third eye or brow chakra. It controls psychic/subtle awareness, visualizing, telepathy, reiki, spiritual body and the deep knowing with us. As we arrive into the higher chakras we continue on the ethereal path and allow ourselves to peel back the layers, one piece at a time, to reveal our highest intentions and deepest desires. This sixth chakra (in the series of seven) is the gateway to your inner goddess, the divinity within you and your highest power. Keeping this chakra open will allow you to invite a higher consciousness into your being

When this chakra is blocked: When this chakra is blocked you may experience headaches, upsets within the nervous system, trouble with eyesight and a lack of mental peace. There may be a case of the “monkey mind” so many speak of; being unable to meditate due to the intense thoughts continuously running through your mind. You also have difficulty manifesting the things you would like to welcome into your life.

tiny-devotions-mala-beadsWhen this chakra is open: You experience a clear mind and make decisions with both your mind and your heart. In yoga there is a term, Hridaya, which means heart consciousness. It is the act of listening to your desires and connecting the space between the mind and the heart. You easily attract and manifest a life you love and desire, as well as open to the idea of higher consciousness.

How to open this chakra: Begin a meditation practice. Many people believe meditation to be impossible or very difficult, when in fact it can be as simple as deep breathing for 5 full breaths. Meditation is the idea of silencing the mind and relaxing into your body, mind & spirit. Start with Gabrielle Bernsteins “May Cause Miracles” which is a 40 day guide to meditating. Pick up your anja chakra mala and hold each bead lightly between your fingertips as you begin to release the ever present monkey mind within you.

Crystals: Amethyst, lapis, purp, fluorite, iolite and clear quartz.

Color: Purple. I LOVE wearing the third eye color as often as I can and recently have been wearing a beautiful amethyst gifted to me by my cousin. It’s the perfect reminder of my higher power. Connect to this color through clothes, mala beads, candles or paintings in your environment.

Sound: OM. The delicious sound at the beginning or end of a yoga flow. The chant that could have been the starting point of the universe. This vibrational sound is said to perhaps be the beginning of the big bang theory and within this vibration began life. OM is a representation of creation and intention. Chanting this while beginning your meditation will keep you centered and begin to open your third eye chakra.

Poses: Meditation

Location: Third eye

Element: Light

As you tap into this sixth chakra, allow yourself to release your judgment and ego. Begin to relax and let go of the “new-age” feel. Just listen to your mind, body, soul connection for a few breaths. Lower the lights, light a candle or some incense and dive into your own subconscious mind for 5 full minutes. Set a timer, or allow time to lapse. Sink into a bubble bath and let your thoughts release. Allow hridaya to take hold (the heart consciousness) and just observe. No judgment, just observation and breath.

tiny-devotions-yogaJenny Ravikumar is a yoga teacher, blogger and studio owner of Barefoot Yoga Shala. As a teacher and self-proclaimed boho mermaid, Jenny has been bringing her yoga lifestyle knowledge to the online world for years through her blog, jennyravikumar.com. She specializes in helping women dig deeply into self-love & care, while also explaining yoga philosophy and love on her blog and through her courses/private online groups. You can catch her teaching 6 days a week in Massachusetts or pouring love all over the internet 24 hours a day.

Holiday To Do List

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Healthy Holiday Recipe Round Up

For those of us who may have different dietary preferences than our relatives, the holidays can be a little less jolly to say the least. I remember plenty of family gatherings where I just tried to grab whatever vegetables didn’t have bacon on them and skipped dessert altogether. What a waste! Before long, I wised up and started bringing my own goodies because being conscious about what you consume does NOT mean that you have to miss out on all the festive treats of the season. As a matter of fact, I’m a major fan of seasonal delights and I wasn’t about to not enjoy some of my favorite flavors forever. Pumpkin spice donuts, hot cocoa cupcakes, faux caramel truffles, and snicker doodle cookies, oh my! Enter four delicious desserts that will have all your relatives saying, “this is vegan!?!” And more importantly, you enjoying every last bit of your holiday dinners and parties. So B.Y.O.D. (bring your own dessert) this holiday season and borrow a recipe from me!

Healthy Vegan Pumpkin Spice Donutstiny-devotions-mala-beads

  • 2 cups of trader joe’s whole grain baking mix ( you can use any baking /biscuit mix – for gluten free try Bob’s Red Mill’s!)
  • 1 cup of organic pumpkin puree
  • ?3 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 2 flaxs -’eggs’ (2 tsp flaxseed meal + 6 tsp of water whisked)
  • 3 tsps of pumpkin pie spice (or to your taste, I like a lot of spice!)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract

*dust top with coconut sugar + pumpkin pie spice*

Super easy to make! Whip all ingredients together in your mixer, place in a pastry bag or a Ziploc baggy that you cut a corner off of for the easiest dispensing into your doughnut pan. Bake in the oven on 375 degrees until golden on the edges. Plop out onto a cooling rack and sprinkle your dusting ingredients to your liking! Enjoy!

tiny-devotions-mala-beadsVegan Chocolate “Caramel” Truffles

  • 13 oz container of dates (standard package)
  • 1 bag of vegan chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)
  • 2 tables spoons of almond butter
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil

*unsweetened coconut flakes or crushed cashews for topping* (optional)

In a food processor, combine all your dates with 2 tablespoons of almond butter. Pulse till the dates are becoming one with the almond butter and you see that caramel consistency. Take your faux caramel out of the processor, pack it in a nice little chunk and put it in the freezer for 5 minutes. I usually clean the food processor while it’s chilling and by the time I’m done, they’re ready! So go get them out, and start rolling little baby balls and placing them on a plate or baking sheet with parchment paper. Put them back in the freezer when you’re all done, so they will stay firm while we’re getting the chocolate ready!

For the chocolate, in a small saucepan add approx. half the bag and tbsp of coconut oil.  You can stir this constantly on a very low heat or I prefer to double boil it, which just means that I put a small soup pan of boiling water on the stove and THEN place my saucepan with chocolate on top of that. This helps the chocolate melt properly without burning as easily as it does on the stove. Either way, stir that chocolate till it’s almost completely melted and turn off the burner. Let the final little chunks melt themselves.

Now the fun part! Go get your frozen balls out of the freezer and stick toothpicks in them so that you can easily dip them in your chocolate. I used really pretty festive ones, so I kept mine in but you can always toss these after the chocolate hardens so don’t be afraid to use a normal toothpick. Dip your faux caramels in the chocolate and if you’ve decided on a topping, now is the time to sprinkle it on or roll your chocolates in it after they’ve been dipped. This particular batch I used unsweetened coconut flakes but you can get as creative as you want with it!

Once they’re all dipped, place them back in the freezer for 10-20 minutes for the chocolate to harden and leave them there or in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve! These babies are best enjoyed firm and cold!

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  • 2 cups of Garbanzo Bean Gluten Free Flour
  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder  (or your favorite vegan hot choc!)
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon ( I also like to add 1/2 tsp of nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice to give it a little extra kick)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup agave
  • 4 oz of unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 cups of chocolate soy milk (which you’ll add 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar to)
  • 1 tbs of vanilla extract and 1 tsp of almond extract (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350 and stick your cupcake liners in your pans. I always bake using mini cupcake pans because I love the portions of the tiny cupcakes!  Next, add your apple cider vinegar to your chocolate soy milk in a separate bowl/measuring cup and combine all your dry ingredients in your bowl or mixer. Now, add oil, agave, apple sauce and extracts to the dry ingredients. Pour your slightly curdled soy milk into the bowl and proceed to mix for about 30 seconds in a stand mixer or a couple minutes by hand until the mixture is the consistency of regular cake batter, but not a second longer! You don’t want to over mix. At this point, I have a mini sized ice cream scooper that I use to evenly scoop the batter into the cupcake holders but a tablespoon will work as well.  Watch them while they’re baking – their size will depend on how long they need to stay in. Use a toothpick if you’re unsure if they’re done!

Now for the icing! While they’re cooling, check out my favorite butter cream recipe here. As I said before, marshmallows are a great little touch if you’re not concerned about the dish being vegan or if you can get your hands on vegan marshmallows. If not, I like to just dust a little cocoa powder over the top of the icing. I even piped the icing to look like a dollop of whipped cream! Have fun with it!

tiny-devotions-mala-beadsVegan Snickerdoodles

  • 1 cup non hydrogenated earth balance (softened)
  • ?1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons non dairy milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ?1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • ?1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, cream the margarine and sugar together for a couple minutes until they are mixed well. Add your non-dairy milk and vanilla, and beat until they’re also combined. Now sift in flour, cornstarch, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt and mix until a soft dough forms. Chill dough for at least 30 minutes (so its easier for you to work with). Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and get out your cookie sheets. In a small shallow bowl or tray combine sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg. Drop a tablespoon of dough in your cinnamon sugar mix and roll it into a ball. Place the balls on your cookie sheet and lightly sprinkle some cinnamon sugar both before and after it goes in the oven. Cookies should take 10-12 minutes to cook, they’ll get puffy in the oven but will deflate once you let them cool.

Cassandra Bodzak is a wellness and meditation guide. Cassandra is a healthy cooking host for Shape.com. Check out her website here.

The Perfect Holiday Gift

It’s that magical time of year again, where it can be so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of it all, and shopping for the perfect gift. Although buying and giving presents can be fun, they can’t compare to giving presence.

tiny-devotions-mala-beadsPersonally, I cannot recall many of the gifts that I have received throughout my life, but I can recall the people and the feelings I felt during the holidays. The best Christmases were the ones where everyone was enjoying the company of each other and making memories in the present moment, without discussing the future or the past. Whether we got presents or not didn’t seem to matter.

Time is an expensive currency because once we spend it we can never get it back. Loving, undivided attention is a rare commodity these days amongst the distractions of daily life. It can be easy to think a store-bought item can be a suitable substitute for presence, but it doesn’t take long before we start to experience emptiness within us. By giving our presence we are giving a gift so unique and priceless; a gift that can’t be returned, broken, lost, or replaced. Not only does it become a perfect gift for others, it becomes a gift for us. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.

So how can we really give this holiday season?

1. Set aside the technology. 
Technology has the ability to draw us together, but it also has a way of isolating us from the people around us. While we are busy taking pictures to post and share with the world, we miss out on the un-pixelated reality that no camera will ever be able to pick up. Have tech-free time and give your loved ones undivided attention.

2. Listen.
Really listen. Not to reply, but to understand. Hold the judgments and interruptions. Judgments close you off, and interruptions show that whatever you have to say is much more important. Both can be demoralizing to the other person. Have patience and listen with an open heart. Take a moment to take in whatever was said before answering.

3. Make eye contact. 
Eye contact increases the bond within a relationship. It also allows you to really focus on what is being said, and it shows the speaker that you are actually interested in what is being said. The eyes are the windows to the soul; acknowledge the beautiful soul waiting to greet yours. Empower it with your light and love.

4. Maintain body awareness.
Did you know it is said that 80% of communication is non-verbal? Your body will let others know if your mind is elsewhere. Relax and enjoy the moments you are creating. Your body will naturally follow.

tiny-devotions5. Breathe and be love.
If you find yourself becoming distracted by your thoughts, judgments, and emotions just breathe and be love. Focus on your breath to return you back to love and back to the present moment.

6. Get structured and organized. 
Create a plan so you know when and how you will be getting things done. Set alarms on your phone to remind you, if it helps. With a plan in place, you will know when you have time to fully dedicate your attention without worrying that you need to have everything done.

7. Make memories.
Embrace your inner child. Be free and let go. Smile. Live every breath as if it were your last. Laugh so much that you actually do end up rolling on the floor.

8. Experience it all through your senses. 
See, hear, touch, taste, and breathe in everything as if it were your first time. It is a lovely meditation to ground you in the now and allow you to experience the holidays and your loved ones in a whole new light.

9. Gratitude.
Not enough can be said about gratitude.  It has the power to change our moods positively, create happiness, and deepen our relationships. Show those around you your gratitude for their presence in your life through your actions. Actions will always speak louder than words.

10. Create.
If you can’t be physically present with someone this holiday season (or even if you will), creating a gift from the heart will show you spent time pouring your love out for and thinking about them. It shows presence. It can be a letter or a craft; whatever your heart guides you to make.

11. Be present for YOU.tiny-devotions-mala-beads
Wake up a bit earlier than you are used to and start the day being present for the most important relationship in your life: the one with yourself. Show yourself some love and devotion and you’ll soon find that you’ll have so much that you won’t be able to help but share it with others. The last thing you want is to subconsciously resent the time you spend with others that you never got to spend on yourself. Take care of you and let love flow.

Every moment is an opportunity to give ourselves spiritually, to connect with those around us in a state of absolute loving presence, while deepening our relationships. Let us not forget the real meaning of this holiday season. May we live in the power of now, creating cherished memories of happiness, gratitude, and love that last a lifetime.

Let’s make spending time a priority. Let’s value giving presence over presents.

Written by Summer Perez. Check out her Instagram @summerperez.

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