From Generation To Generation–Oh What A Night!

Dara LevanBlog1 Comment

Do you ever wish cloning or teleporting were possible so you could be in two places simultaneously? I often do! I love my life. It is abundant with authentic relationships, joy, passion, and purpose. So what’s the dilemma? I want to be everything to everyone in every way every time. And that is just not possible! Mike and Nicole, who are friends that are family, told us the date for their daughter’s bat mitzvah. I booked a flight and was ready to go to Virginia this weekend. Then one of my close childhood friends, Robin, mentioned the date of her … Read More

Share this Post

What I’ve Gained From Loss

Dara LevanBlog2 Comments

A few days ago, I got the call. I knew it the moment I answered. Her tone of voice, which in the brief time we spoke, emitted sadness, overwhelm, and finality. I’ve been there. Although this passing was imminent, my heart felt as if invisible weights pressed on it. (As I wrote in a previous blog, “The Waves of Grief: A Tide Without Warning,” loss is an abstract, indescribable feeling.) If you’ve lost someone you love, whether suddenly or gradually, you get it. It is not my story to tell, so I will stop there. What I do want to … Read More

Share this Post

The Healing Power of “BEing” Quiet

Dara LevanBlog1 Comment

“Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.” I’ve always connected with Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati’s insightful phrase. I thought I understood what it meant. But I truly did not until recently. For those of you who know me, “quiet” is probably not a word you’d use to describe my personality! Similar to other extroverts, stillness and silence do not come naturally. Colorful conversation, intellectual stimulation, and lively interaction feeds our minds and fuels us. A friend recently said it best: “I get energy from other positive, interesting people.” I nodded like a puppy about to be fed! Yes! Me, … Read More

Share this Post

PAIN: Yield, Slow Down, and Brake

Dara LevanBlog1 Comment

We all experience pain. It is part of the human journey. Pain can be sudden. Pain can be gradual. The causes vary and how pain manifests differs, too. Tragedies, loss, or rejection triggers deep emotional angst. Memories, conversations, and realizations can also be a catalyst for pain. The spectrum of emotions that can spark suffering are infinite. Of course there is also physical pain. Dancers, athletes, and aging bodies experience sprains, aches, and inflammation. For some of us, it’s a sign that we are overusing the vehicle that houses our mind and spirit. Disease often fuels pain, too. I look … Read More

Share this Post

Bathroom Blunders and Potty Preferences!

Dara LevanBlog2 Comments

Do you fold or scrunch? Do you hover or cover? Do you tinkle in public or only in private? I want to discuss a universal topic today: Bathrooms. You didn’t misread that word. We all need them. We all use them. We are all assaulted by unpleasant aromas or other unsavory surprises. A few weeks ago, I wrote about germ-a-phobes. Today’s post isn’t about bacteria or hand washing, although that’s certainly part of restroom hygiene! I’ve actually wondered about the origin of the word “restroom” so I did some research. Did you know there’s a definitive difference, at least according … Read More

Share this Post