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Choose Your Own Adventure

When I was a little girl, I would ride my bicycle to the library. I used to love the silence, the solitude, and being surrounded by books and endless possibility.

I gravitated toward the Choose Your Own Adventure books. I remember they were in one section of the library, and I would read them one by one.

But I wouldn’t just read them one time through. I had to explore every possible scenario in each book. I liked to witness how the choices I made at the bottom of the page affected the storyline.

It’s about the Journey, not the Destination

For as long as I can remember, I have used Choose Your Own Adventure books as my analogy to life.

We are born with a certain set of circumstances. From there, we choose what to do, where to go, who to be, how to feel. Then with each new choice we make, we are given a different set of circumstances and decisions to make.

That is the great adventure to life, this journey that we co-create right along with the circumstances we are given.

Becoming the Author

Part of practicing yoga is to become awake to being the reader of the story, the story of our individual lives. We stand back from living the drama, and instead witness how our actions affect our outcomes.

With this greater perspective, we can then become the author of our destiny. We can begin to make choices that lead us more toward happiness and less toward sadness, more toward living the life we truly love, and less toward attracting the things we do not wish to experience.

So that begs the question, “If I am unhappy, what actions can I take to change it?”

Progress Requires Action

Part of being a yogi is moving more toward becoming radically alive, about living each day as if it is your best day. It is not the path for everyone, but it is a path that leads to happiness.

One way yoga leads to happiness is by helping us realize that all we really have in life is the present moment. This present moment was created by our past decisions, by the choices that we made at the end of the page.

Our future, therefore, is determined by the choices we make right here, right now, by the fresh ink still wet on the paper of our current adventure.

So we can co-create our futures now by making decisions that will benefit our greater good tomorrow.

I will be working on answering the above question myself over the next several months, “What can I do to be happier?”. I invite you to join me. I invite you to Choose Your Own Adventure.

Namaste,

~Amber

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The End of an Era

Bye Bye Baltimore…

Yesterday I left the state of Maryland to return to my hometown of Richmond, Virginia. A series of events since my last blog post lead me on this path.

I moved to Baltimore in January 2005 to work with my brother’s band, Fools & Horses. They disbanded last October. I  recommend listening to their music.

The Band Years

Working with the band were some of the greatest years of my life. I am so honored to have been a part of such an amazing adventure.

Throughout the 9 years they were together, my boys opened up for Bon Jovi, The Presidents of the United States of America, the Gin Blossoms, and many more national acts. They played iconic venues such as Whiskey A Go Go, CBGBs, Arlene’s Grocery, The Knitting Factory and more. They also had radio play, television exposure, and were even on a FUSE TV dating game show.

My point is that these were some good times that I will always cherish. In that time, Baltimore treated me very well. I have amazing friends whom I will always love, I will forever root for the Baltimore Ravens, and I will visit because I love Charm City.

The End of an Era

Obviously, the thing I am most grateful for about my nearly 8 years in Baltimore is that I found yoga there. That is the reason I created this blog: to share my understand of yogic wisdom so that others may benefit as I did.

I will return to Baltimore with pride and love, but now is the time for me to return home.

Over the past year, since I last blogged, before that even, a series of events occurred that made me realize it was time to move back to Richmond, Virginia. My grandfather died, my baby cousin was diagnosed with a rare condition, and my aunt has been very sick with lymphoma.

Dealing with this from a distance has been very difficult. My family needs me right now, but more importantly, I need them.

New Town, New Yoga

I intend to start blogging again now that my life will be less chaotic, and I cannot wait to share my yoga adventures with you in my new town.

Love,

~Amber

P.S. Richmond was voted one of the best river cities in America in by Outside Magazine.