Tree of Life

I had a great weekend with my college friends Rich and Tessa who were visiting us from NYC. It is so refreshing to spend time with friends laughing and exploring. As I get older and life gets crazier, it’a always great to see friends with whom you can pick up right where you left off no matter how much time has passed. Good hangs 🙂

Something cool happened today. I got to take Tessa to her very first yoga class! Tessa is the girl who talked me into running my first half marathon so it was great to be able to introduce her to something new. I had a feeling she was going to love it and she kicked some serious ass.

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Last night we were talking about what to wear and Tessa decided she would wear her Tree of Life tank top. Perfect.

We went to the Core Power studio in RiNo. I have done classes with Core Power instructors at Red Rocks and other gyms but never in one of their studios. They’re always legit flow classes that will give you a bit of a challenge. The Rino studio is beautiful and, bonus, we each got a free week for being first timers at the studio!

Our instructor, Leslie, who was amazing btw, opened the class with this quote:

 “When you go out into the woods, and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree.

The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying ‘You are too this, or I’m too this.’ That judgment mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.” – Ram Dass. 

What serendipity that Leslie decided to use this quote on the day that Tessa happened to be taking her first class and very deliberately chose to wear her Tree of Life shirt! So cool when the universe gives you little hints that you are in the right place at the right time.

Namaste.

And, here’s some street art that we spotted in RiNo this afternoon.

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