Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

Albert Schweitzer

Open Your Heart

Opening the heart is one of the most important goals of hatha yoga. When the heart opens, you realize your connection to (the) source and have a direct realization that life is good. The ancient yogis considered the heart to be an energy center that is the core of the Divine within us. On a physical level, opening the heart counterbalances the hunched posture you may have from working at the computer or driving. It can also lift your spirits and combat depression. To cultivate these benefits, I suggest six heart opening yoga poses: Cobra Pose, Bow Pose, Fish Pose, Bridge Pose, Camel Pose and Upward Bow Pose (the Bow and Upward Bow Poses are advanced). I encourage you to practice yoga on a regular basis. Try doing a Google search for "Hatha Yoga Poses" to see how these look. I incorporate mat or seated hatha yoga and meditation/relaxation with my one:one coaching clients upon request.

On another note, you may know that Ann Fry and I have dissolved our partnership with It's BoomerTime. She is keeping the business for now; we're still friends. Thank you for your support along this journey. You are able to opt out of the newsletter at any time by visiting their website and entering the email address into the newsletter subscriber form located on the left-hand side of the page.

I thank Ann for her graciousness in publishing the following in the January issue of It's BoomerTime newsletter:
"Eileen is a magnificent coach to work with, particularly in the areas of mind-body connection, meditation, relaxation, well-being, and balance. She works with people to help them use these mind-body modalities and tap into their personal and professional power. She definitely walks the walk and talks the talk. She is one of the calmest people I know and has the stamina to deal with stress in amazing ways (unlike me). She's also an expert on "Sandwich Generation" issues."
Many folks who know me well (most of all, myself) have experienced me being very "stressed" i.e. not calm. I know what to do when that happens; it often takes a lot of "work" to access my focus and "calm". After all, I'm human! Whenever we get off track, it's important to forgive ourselves, acknowledge our "humaneness", continue our self-love and take action to improve circumstances, or change the context. No excuses!

With that said, I'm looking forward to an article that will be published in Newsday Act 2 on Saturday, February 2, 2008 where I will be featured in a book discussion of Boom!, by Tom Brokaw. Special thanks to Paula Licata, the journalist, and Paul Arfin, Executive Director, for making this happen. It was lots of fun! If you are interested in participating in book discussions with me, via bridge line or in my Baldwin space on an ongoing basis, please let me know!

I wish you all HAPPINESS!

February 2008