I had a fairly uneventful New Year's Eve. I think in the future I'm going to make plans to be someplace warm for both Christmas and New Year's Eves. Just blast out of here and come back when it's all over.
On another note, Zahra's puppies are now watchable via puppycam 24/7. They still don't have their eyes open yet and they don't really walk yet, but they "swim," and they're extra cute. Zahra's taking more time away from them for herself now but she's with them a lot and it's so neat to watch. The pups are all vigorous nursers and she handles it all very gracefully.
Again on another note, the end of the year is a time to let go. Yoga is about letting go. Exhaling is about letting go. And as I was teaching earlier this week, I was sharing with people about using the exhale to let go of what we don't need. Our culture right now is suffering the consequences of holding on too much and not letting go. But one of the ways to take a deeper inhalation is to simply make a bigger exhalation. So too in life. Let go more completely and your life will be filled with more fun, more joy, more life. But it's hard to for us to let go. It's scary, it's against common thinking, it seems strange. The thing is, it works.
Try it! Let go of something and see what happens. Chances are there won't be a void for long. That space will get filled up real quick. Exhale, let go, and the inhalation be bigger.
Here's the puppycam.