Go North

As has been typical with Montreal weather lately, this weekend called for shit in the form of rain. However, after mulling it over, Mother Nature (a.k.a the whore) had a change of heart and we were the well-intended recipients of <GASP!> sun… So, I headed North to the mountains for some peace and quiet. These are a few awesome things that I came across on my morning power walks – complete with a feline stalker. Now, in the spirit of full disclosure, I will admit to you, dear readers, that I hate cats. Yes, it’s true. I’m a dog person. Quite frankly, I consider cats to be evil masking around as innocent-looking fluff balls. Anyway, I ran into the fellow you’ll see below while walking on a secluded path in the woods and well, the little bastard adopted me. He followed me all the way home and he MADE ME LOVE HIM. The little shit. Every time I leaned down to try and take a decent pic, he ran at me like a damn dog and the rub fest would begin. No matter how I tried to escape, dude just wouldn’t have it. Well… he’s pretty good-looking for the spawn of Satan, don’t you think?

Evil feline [Photo: RAnnDomized]

Evil feline [Photo: RAnnDomized]

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Evil feline in a bed of clover [Photo: RAnnDomized]

Evil feline in a bed of clover [Photo: RAnnDomized]

Evil feline coming to get me [Photo: RAnnDomized]

Evil feline coming to get me [Photo: RAnnDomized]

Now on to more interesting things.

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My favorite tree ever - it looks like it's standing in Vriksasana [Photo: RAnnDomized]

My favorite tree ever – it looks like it’s standing in Vriksasana [Photo: RAnnDomized]

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Peace,

A

Finding Solitude

I found myself in need of some introspection this weekend and as always, I sought out clarity and enlightenment in nature. More and more, I find myself drawn to trees swaying in the wind, their leaves rustling with every breeze – to the sound of waves lapping up against the shore, and toward the sound of birds chirping happily away on a glorious sunny day. This is where I find solace and sustenance, equally. This is where everything seems to come together for me. I think it’s because there is absolutely nothing fake about nature – it’s as authentic as it gets. I’m so sick and fucking tired of social media and all of its bullshit – of constantly having to be ‘ON’ or connected – of listening to inauthentic discourse from anyone and everyone. Just get real, already.

I awoke this morning with head and heart cluttered. My immediate response was to lace up and head out the door at 6:30, where I was greeted by sun and silence – the absolute perfect remedy. I’ve got this very specific walking route that allows me to avoid people and cars (well, for most of the walk, anyway), and that always leads me to my secret Zen spot. I don’t even need to think about it – my internal GPS automatically directs me there, and ‘there’ is where I ponder in peace, while appreciating the beauty of my surroundings. The reality is that my friends don’t always get me or understand what I need despite my clearly stating “I need X”, so I go inward and deal with shit on my own. This is when nature comes in handy. Isn’t this the perfect place to seek out answers? I think so. And no, I can’t tell you where this is – I’d have to kill you.

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And last but not least, last week’s stress lead to much cursing and other assorted potty-mouthedness (Annism). This spoke very well to my state of mind:

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I’m not sure where this image originates from, but I got it via Reddit.

 

Peace,

A

 

In da Hood

 

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Arnold & Willis with friends, Bert & Ernie/Photo: RAnnDomized

Arnold & Willis with friends, Bert & Ernie/Photo: RAnnDomized

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Whatchu talkin’ about, Willis?/Photo: RAnnDomized

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Namaste,

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainy Days in the Hood

HA! Bet you expected a different photo! But on this not-so-sunny day, I’m calling on the sun and loving Fall. Because it rocks.

Disclaimer: At no time do I cannot guarantee the appearance or presence of the sun, because I’m not Mother Nature, yo.

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What’s it like in your neck of the woods?

 

Peace out,

A

iYoga at Tremblant

This past weekend, I participated in my first yoga retreat at Mont-Tremblant; this opportunity came to me unsolicited, and unexpectedly, courtesy of Lululemon Athletica, Juna Yoga and my friend/mentor, Bram Levinson. I feel so grateful (and blessed) for having been selected to be part of such an amazing group of awesome and powerful women, from whom I learned from and grew with (yes, over such a short period of time).  I feel both empowered and humbled by the women that I met and practiced with, and I ended the weekend feeling refreshed and renewed.  I don’t particularly feel like getting into the details of the retreat (for now, anyway), so to compensate, here are some photos of Tremblant! Tremblant National Park is gorgeous, made even more so by the group of ladies with whom I spent time there. But, I must admit that when we were  heading up to the summit (and later, chilling on the beach), I just couldn’t help thinking “Damn, this place is small compared to Whistler!” So as you can see, my love affair with Vancouver has not ended, and thus, that elusive post on Whistler will be forthcoming soon. I swear it!  As always, you can see the full size fo each image by clicking on them. WordPress is still being a biatch and I can’t make any damn adjustments!

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And finally, at one with the Buddha.

 

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Namaste,

A