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Refilling the Vessel


Anytime we can listen to our true self

and give the care it requires,

we do it not only for ourselves,

but for the many others whose lives we touch."

I hope everyone is truly enjoying this holiday season.

At the very least, I hope you're surviving it.

As someone devoted to the physical, mental and spiritual health of our community, I have a certain amount of ambivalence about this time of year. On one hand, who can't absolutely love the spirit of caring and giving that is at the heart of these family-oriented weeks between Thanksgiving and the New Year? On the other hand, however, I become alarmed at the level of stress I often see among people I care about as they ramp into a frenzy of activity in the name of making these holidays wonderful for everyone around them (and yes, parents--I'm mostly thinking about you).

So my greatest holiday wish for all of you is that as you pour so much out of the vessel that is your self, that you are finding the time and the ways necessary to replenish it. Get your rest. Get your exercise. Heck, yeah, get your martial arts time in. In this time of giving, please give these things to yourself--it's make giving of yourself possible.


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