Archive for November, 2014

The best album I’ve heard in years

You know how sometimes you find that perfect album, the one where every song just resonates to the very core of your being?

Throughout the years, there have been many albums like that for me: Keane’s “Under the Iron Sea.” Colin Hay’s “Going Somewhere.” U2’s “Joshua Tree.” But today, right now–during this particular time in my life–that album is “Ghost Stories” by Coldplay.

Music is personal; I get it. You may not feel so connected as I do to this album, and that’s OK. And while I’m absolutely in love with every beautiful track sung by Chris Martin, here are three tracks that stand out in particular. …

  • “Always in My Head”: The song sounds absolutely angelic as it starts. Then the music ramps up, and it’s so smooth and beautiful.
  • “Sky Full of Stars”: This is my soundtrack to making homemade chocolate-chip cookies with my daughter Indigo. I twirl around in circles and we dance. It makes me feel like a kid again!
  • “O”: Exquisitely written, this song holds a lot of meaning for me. It’s about letting go, but in that letting go, you’re sharing compassion and love with an open hand. Whether with friends or with loved ones, it’s about being unselfish, generous and free in your love.

What album gives you an automatic mood boost? What songs stand by you through times of happiness or times of melancholy? I’m always looking to expand my playlist and would love to hear your suggestions.

Gratitude: Five for Friday

As this week winds down, here are a few things I’m feeling gratitude for today. …

1. My passport (but not the photo on it—haha) and the many adventures we take. I can’t wait until Australia next year! I’ll be speaking at the ARC 2015 International Reiki Conference in Sydney, along with William Rand, and many others. Please join us if you can!

2. Warm blueberry pancakes on a Saturday morning. Homemade is usually best (and lately I’m trying to go gluten-free), but I love how quick and easy breakfast becomes when using Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Pancake mix. A sprinkling of chocolate chips makes it even sweeter. (I like to use Ghirardelli 60% Cacao chips.)

3. Long cuddles with my dog, Mystic.

4. The heart-stopping views of Mt. Tam from my office window. No matter how busy I get, I always find the view so calming and I never tire of it.

5. My acupuncturist, Lynette. I can’t tell you how many times she has helped me to feel so much better during these tough times with my health. She works out of Marin Family Acupuncture and I highly recommend her.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend. What are you grateful for today?

My first dog

I’ll always remember the day my dad brought home our new puppy when I was just 3 years old. We named her “Muffett,” and she quickly became my best friend.

I remember digging in the sandbox with her, chasing her around the yard while she carried my shoe in her mouth, and lying under the tulip tree together, watching the clouds roll by. I began to insist to my mother that I take my nap lying on the floor next to Muffett (instead of lying in bed like every normal kid).

Muffett and I grew up together, sharing so many things over the years, including long walks on the hill behind our house and ice cream cones (although, to be fair, she usually ate the ice cream in one gulp, leaving only the empty cone for me). She had long, feathery hair growing on the back of her front legs, which I loved to brush, and two golden-colored eyebrows that I loved to kiss. She passed away when I was a freshman in college, but she will always be in my heart!

Who was your first animal? I’d love for you to share your story.

{Photo of Kathleen and Muffett © Kathleen Prasad}

 

My new favorite beauty product

I love wearing makeup on special occasions, but on a daily basis I tend to keep it simple. So while I might not wear foundation every single day, I won’t leave the house without making sure my lips are moisturized.

Recently I stumbled across None of Your Beeswax lip balm from LUSH cosmetics, and it’s just lovely. It’s a mellow citrus wax with hints of lemon, mandarin and vanilla. In case you were wondering, yes, it smells (and tastes) amazing!

Gratitude: Five for Friday

As this week winds down, here are a few things I’m feeling gratitude for today. …

1. Jane Goodall and all the work she does for the animals. She’s the real deal, and she’s my hero. She recently spoke at the USF Sun Dome in Florida. That would have been amazing to see.

2. Jimmy Fallon’s thank-you notes. They make me smile every time.

3. The Vosges-Haut Chocolat boutique inside O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. I always go shopping here every time I’m passing through. If you haven’t tried Vosges, you must. It’s delicious! Also, the company uses organic ingredients when possible and is committed to green manufacturing practices, packaging and more.

4. Pilates. Never fond of gyms or “exercising” in general, Pilates has been a game-changer for me. It helps not just in overall health but also in my cancer recovery. My sis Charlotte swears by it, too. I practice twice a week now at Full Circle Pilates in San Anselmo (it’s practically my new home away from home).

5. Innovative thinkers: I just love this idea of biophilic cities, where urban landscapes are designed to merge effortlessly with nature. The article states, “In biophilic cities, there is more focus on well-being and health.” Sounds good to me!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend. What are you grateful for today?

{Photo credit: orca_bc via photopin cc}