There’s a new meditation studio in town: MNDFL’s beautiful, new “Space to Breathe.” In the New York University area, approximately one block from Washington Square Park, MNDFL’s vibe is young, affluent, first-world meets ancient, spiritual tradition from third-world (or perhaps other worlds).
This is Adreanna, the teacher I had on one of my visits. Not all practicers of meditation and yoga are as peace-ful, glowing, and healthy as she, but in my experience, guess what? Most are. Adreanna lead a simple, honest class, reminding us that the most important thing is that we’re all there together for one thing: meditation.
There are almost 30 teachers at MNDFL, all from different lineages. The ones I’ve taken classes with have all been great. The studio even has a little “bookstore” where you can buy books on meditation that are suggestions of the individual teachers.
If you’re ever visiting NYC, I suggest you drop in for a class at MNDFL—especially if meditation scares you. Take your shoes off, get some tea, and leave your cell phone in the box at the door.
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
So says Michael Pollan and so do I. Honestly, I get frustrated by the continued talk about “diets.” Even though our knowledge about food in general has changed pretty drastically over the past couple of decades, I still see a lot about dieting. When I do read the articles, I’m left with no new sensible knowledge, and all I want to say is: Eat food! I’ve heard people saying lately that it’s not about diets but diet. I like that, that’s true.
dare to bare?
One thing I miss most about my younger self is the freedom I felt to go bare without a second thought in the summer time. Nowadays, it’s a bit more of a challenge to stay cool in the sweltering heat! How do you do it?
You may have noticed that I have a new tagline on the blog: Age Differently. It’s pretty clear to me, that there are a lot of us out here who are not going to be satisfied with “aging gracefully.” We’re looking for another, different way to age, perhaps even a little “disgrace” on the way to old age.
With that in mind, I’ve set myself a challenge. For the foreseeable future, I’ll be ungraceful in as many new ways as I can find. I’m going to try new things, and I know that sometimes they’ll be scary things. You, can follow along and live vicariously, or maybe be inspired to try some yourself.
This past week, I did something I had been thinking about for a couple of years, the Aerial Silks at the Circus Warehouse in Long Island City. Before I tried this, I actually thought I had some upper body strength, not to mention grace and skill.
Below are some out of focus pictures of me on the “silks.” This was difficult, really, really difficult. It calls for stamina and strength. Being upside down and swinging can also make you dizzy and nauseous, it does me, and the soft sounding “silks,” cut into the soft parts of your body. What seem like they should be simple, easy little movements with your hands and feet, actually call for a lot of dexterity and concentration.
After a two hour class, I was shaky and tired but I felt good. I had not been graceful.