About Paula Gardner

Mom. Author. Yoga Teacher. Ayurveda Consultant. Marketing Maniac. Chief Happiness Officer. It all counts because YOU count.

Each time

Each time…

Today is World Kindness Day.

No act of kindness is too small.  It all counts.

Each time we gaze INTO another’s eyes;

Each time we smile at another person;

Each time we give a sincere compliment about ANYthing—a brilliant word choice, a lovely pin, a terrific parking job, an awesome idea;

Each time, we listen with our full attention, NOT […]

By |November 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

EveryDay Ways® To Turn Your Day From ARRRRGH to AHHHHH

As we head into one of the more stress filled times of our year, I thought I’d share with you a list of things that I prepared as a presentation for teachers, park administrators, parents to be used for themselves and with their children.

I’m very aware that we absolutely do not need yet another list […]

By |November 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The practice

Our world appears to be focusing on going crazy: violence of all kinds is running rampant from all sides to all sides— physical, emotional, mental, (never underestimate the power of your words or your tone of voice as it reflects your inner state). 

It saddens me.  If I let myself get caught in this web, I […]

By |October 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

She’s baaaaaaaack!

Holy Cow!

Life does throw curves, doesn’t it?

And we always end where we need to be, were meant to be, where we are.

We end up where we are. LOL

So….I’m renewing my relationship with my blog.  I hope you’ll come along for the ride.  It seems to get wilder as I get older.  I thought it was […]

By |October 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Here and Now

Does this make sense to you?
The reason we do something when it’s easy
is so that when something hard comes along,
what we did when it was easy makes this hard thing easier.

Breathing deeply.
Meditating daily.
Practicing here and now.

I practice each of these things.
I’m not perfect: Daily meditation isn’t always daily.
And I find myself holding my […]

By |January 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Grateful For All And Every

Grateful–for All and Every

When I received my friend’s invitation
to savor these last few days of peace
before we head into 4 years of fear,
my first reaction was,

“We get what we expect.”

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to look around and beyond
the fear
so that we could see and receive grace
in our fear?

Since we’re all afraid of […]

By |January 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Chanting From The Heart

Chanting From The Heart

Christmas is in a few days.
I want to share this chant with you because
it’s one of my favorites.

My heart is one with yours!

Atma Hrdaye
Hrdayam mayi
Aham amrte
Amrtam brahmani

Here’s the video I made so that you could
chant with me.

I hope you will!!!

One of the more traditional translations is this:

My true nature is the heart. […]

By |December 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Practice Fearlessness!

Practicing Fearlessness!

A few weeks ago, life began unraveling…in my head.
I started feeling afraid and doubtful about things.
My first thought was to hide under a rock
and then I remembered a hand gesture
(not that one!)
to remedy my dread.

The hand gesture I remembered is a mudra.
What’s a mudra?

An intentional placement of the hands and fingers
to evoke or reflect […]

By |December 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What do you really want?

What do you really want?

My teacher Gabriel Halpern regularly encouraged us to ask for what we want.
I’m sure he said it multiple times before I finally heard it,
and when I did, my first reaction was,
“What if I don’t know what I really want?”

Do YOU know what you really want?

I really want my kids to have […]

By |November 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Today and EveryDay

Today and EveryDay.

I love Thanksgiving.
Gratitude has come to define my life.
And I’m happy to devote an entire day to feeling
and expressing my gratitude for all the blessings in my life
and on my life.

What are YOU grateful for?
I ask myself this question throughout my day,
especially on the challenging days and/or at the
challenging moments of any day.

I […]

By |November 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments