mindful living

Contemplation on the Majesty of Simplicity

A Spring Morning in Magictown

A Spring Morning in Magictown

This morning I’ve watched the morning fog stream its way over the French Broad River and through the Blue Ridge Mountains where I live.

 

This morning I watched the chickens forage for food along the mountainside, and then lay low together in the shade.

 

I cooked an egg and spread it over a bed of greens grown by my friend who is a farmer.

 

I listened to Lobo Marino’s latest album, singing along as an offering to the life that was waking up all around me, and inside of me.

 

I kissed my best friend goodbye and wished him well on his first bicycle ride to work at the local newspaper.

 

The spark of a promise to seize the day lights up my morning here in Magictown.

 

Soon I will prepare for today’s classes.

 

And for now, I will continue to contemplate the majesty of a simple life.

 

There once was a time when I thought simplicity was a bore.  Life was seen as a chore instead of an opportunity to experiment.

 

To me, my daily practice of mindful yoga and vipassana meditation help me to wake up and see the beauty of what a simple and honest day could be.

 

In just a couple months it will be 1 year since we left our city grinds behind and chose to experiment with a slower, simpler life more closely connected to our hearts and Nature.  Our hypothesis was a higher-quality of life.

 

This morning the quality of life reached a staggeringly splendid height.  I’m most certain the majesty is available to all.  I’m also confident that my experience of it continues to be fleeting.  So I continue along this path of peace and union, trusting in the flame’s moments of steadiness.  One step at a time I am reminded.  And not to forget to cherish these majestic moments of simplicity as they are offered.

 

Now it’s time to return to the marketplace.  Chop chop my fellow seekers.  If you’d like, I invite you to experiment with seeing the greatness in the routine of today’s to-do’s.

 

Here is a simple way to connect to the majesty of the moment, wherever you are:

 

Pause for a moment.

Be with the sensation of breath filling the body.

Be with the sensation of breath emptying the body.

Enjoy the splendor of simply breathing.

 

W/love,

Kris Moon

 

 

Moon Mountain Home aka Reality House – Magictown, USA

When Paul and I moved to Western North Carolina it was with a dream to one day create a retreat center, which we named Moon Mountain Retreat.  For now we are renting this beautiful home that I have become fond of calling Moon Mountain Home, a reminder of why we came here.  My dreams feel supported in what is actually named the ‘Reality House.’  The homeowners, Lee Ann and Tony, also a professional poet and actor, explained how they didn’t want to have a dream house when they could have a real one.  Well Paul and I are certainly glad they do and that we have the good fortune of calling it our home, too.

 

Feel free to follow me on Instagram, where you can see more photos like these.  I’m also attempting to do a ‘365 project’ where I take 1 moment each day for a year to be where I am and notice the now.  I’m using the hashtags #365moments and #beherenow if you feel inspired to join me.  I mean, I may not even make it through all 365 days, and that’s okay.  One day at a time friends.  In fact, one moment at a time really.

 

Peace xo,

Kris Moon

From ‘you guys’ to ‘y’all’

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Recently my husband and I decided it is time to explore a new place.  At the end of this month we’ll move to the Great Smoky Mountains just outside of Asheville, North Carolina.  We’ll certainly miss our family, friends and community like you, but we are excited for a new adventure as we continue to learn, grow and enjoy this wild and precious life.

 

If you’d like to stay in contact, then I sure hope you do.  I intend to offer a Yoga retreat as early as next Spring 2015. Turns out where we’re moving actually has a full 3 months of Spring!  See ya later Sprinter.  I’ll still offer online video practices, and every now and then, I’ll send you some news about upcoming opportunities to Practice with Kris.  I’ll be back in Chicago for the holidays and will hold a special workshop at the Trump then.  So this is not it y’all! (I’m already practicing my southern’isms.)  Click here to stay in touch. 

 

I’ll still be here in Chicago and teaching through September, so here’s my current teaching schedule.  It would be a joy to practice together.  The classes at West Loop Athletic Club (WAC) and Wicker Park Athletic Club (WPAC) and Lincoln Park Athletic Club (LPAC) are free with a guest pass.  Let me know if you’d like to be my guest at any of the following classes:

 

Friday 9/19, 10-11:15am at WPAC, Slow vinyasa flow 
Friday, 9/19, 4:30-5:30pm at WAC, One hour yoga
Friday 9/19, 5:30-7 pm at WAC, Slow power flow 
Saturday 9/20, 12:30-2pm at WAC Multi-level yoga 
Thursday, 9/25, 6am-7am at LPAC One hour yoga 

 

As always, feel free to reach out with questions or just to say hi.

 

With love,
Kris Moon

Slow Down & Enjoy – Practice Tea Meditation

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Drinking hot beverages is a great way to warm from within during the colder, darker winter months.  I really enjoy hot tea, and like to think of it as a jacket for my insides.  Aside from the practical benefits of drinking tea, the pace at which we sip it and how we attend to it can offer us a lovely opportunity to practice mindfulness.

 

As the temps dip low again this week, try taking a break from whatever it is you are doing,  maybe once or even twice a day,  and practice slowly sipping a warm beverage, maybe tea.  If it is tea, try a simple ginger tea to help stimulate slow digestion, a sure sign of the season.

 

As you slowly sip your tea, simply be where you are, paying attention to what you are doing.  Use your senses to take it all in, one moment at a time.  Feel the warm moisture on your skin and smell the tea’s aroma.  Taste the flavors on your tongue.  Take the time to notice what you are experiencing through your sense faculties.  Notice any inner commentary, but let the narration of what is taking place fade into the background, and let what is happening right now take center stage.  When the mind wanders into the future or is pulled back into the past, gently but firmly guide your attention back to the present.  Simply watch as you enjoy your cup of tea.

 

Give it a go and then you’ll know.  If you benefit from the practice, it’s yours to keep.

 

Why I practice – Happiness Revealed

This is a short film that has kept me inspired for several months now, and no matter how many times I watch it, each time I am moved deeply.  Not only is the time lapse photography absolutely stunning, the wisdom shared is the essence of why I practice.

 

I practice to never forget how thankful I am to be given another day.  I practice to remember that life is made of moments, and I practice to strengthen my ability to stay present for them as much as I can.  I hope I never stop being moved by experiences like the one Louis Schwartzberg offers through his 6-minute short and beautiful film, “Happiness Revealed.”  If you need a reason to practice, give it a go.