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Unfinished Business
Posted 05-05-2015

There was a rendition of the Addams Family made into a movie in the early 90s featuring Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston. I remember having it at home on VHS and watching it with glee. I loved the old TV show and I loved this movie - for some reason I found it so funny. I even dressed as Morticia Addams one year for Halloween. A particular scene has been popping into my head regularly: the scene about unfinished business. Early in the movie Raul Julia's character, Gomez Addams, is meeting with his accountant. His accountant proposes a new idea masked in philanthropy to get more money from the Addams family...and Gomez responds by flipping through his calendar ridiculously fast and saying, "this sounds like new business and we do not discuss new business....until next quarter." Why would I be thinking about this scene and writing about this obscure older movie, you say? Well, because I have a lot of unfinished business that can't wait until next quarter. I've been reflecting on the fact that every week I write out a to-do list, and every week the darn thing gets longer and longer. And as it grows in length, and my teaching, administrative and personal tasks grow by leaps and bounds, so does my anxiety with the continual accumulation of unfinished business each week. At times it feels as if I am drowning in things left undone. At a recent appointment with my acupuncturist, Grainne McKeown (she is incredibly talented, check her out if you are looking for an amazing Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner), she asked me if I was feeling anxious while she was listening to my pulses. And suddenly it just came rushing out in a messy flood of things to do, thoughts on my mind, and tears. I was feeling completely and totally anxious and overwhelmed that "nothing" was getting done. Perhaps you can relate?

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Forrest Yoga Festival - July 26-31, 2015 - Kripalu - Lenox, MA

Allison is joining up with 4 other Forrest Yoga colleagues for the first annual Forrest Yoga Festival event at Kripalu! This event is open to all levels and will give both new and seasoned pracitioners of Forrest Yoga a wonderful week. Forrest Yoga is a healing, all-levels practice created by Ana Forrest that rests on the pillars of breath, strength, integrity, and spirit. Experience fun and invigorating asana workshops and individual master classes with top Forrest Yoga teachers, highlighting their individual skills and passions. Each morning features asana practice co-taught by two workshop leaders, with hands-on assists from the other three.  In the afternoons and evenings, you gain exposure to every workshop leader’s areas of expertise! Tuition: $395, housing and meal plan extra. Full details and registration available HERE.