Oh Brother!

My brother, Devin, came to visit us in Martha’s Vineyard. His pandemic look is a little like Jesus, so we went with it.

That makes me think of the Golden Rule, a simple and familiar quote.

Here’s the Golden Rule in different world religions and philosophies:

Bahá’í Faith

If thou lookest for justice, choose thou for others what thou chooses for thyself.


Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. 


As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.


Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others that you would not have them do unto you.


If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.


This is the sum of all true righteousness: deal with others as thou wouldst thyself be dealt by. Do nothing to thy neighbor, which thou wouldst not have him do to thee after.


No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.


Indifferent to worldly objects, a man should wander about, treating all creatures in the world as he himself would be treated.


What is hateful to you do not to others. That is the entire Law, all the rest is commentary.

Native American

The Universe is the Mirror of the People, and each person is a Mirror to every other person.


As thou deemest thyself, so deem others; then shalt thou become a partner in Heaven.


Irrespective of their nationality, language, manners and culture, men should give mutual aid, and enjoy reciprocal, peaceful pleasure by showing in their conduct that they are brethren.


The good man ought to pity the malignant tendencies of others; to rejoice over their excellence; to help them in their straits; to regard their gains as if they were his own, and their losses in the same way.


And ye harm none, do what ye will, lest in thy self-defense it be, ever mind the rule of three.


That nature only is good when it shall not do unto another whatever is not good for its own self. 

List by Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman and ritual expert

Yoga in Martha’s Vineyard

Yoga classes at RISE Vineyard Performing Arts!

CLASS:  Gentle Vinyasa Yoga. Ease back into group exercise with a
feel-good, flow class that improves strength, flexibility, and
balance. Focus on following the breath, nurturing the body, and
observing the mind. All levels welcome. Please bring a yoga mat, mask,
and water to drink.

DATES:  June 1 – July 1, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:30 AM

LOCATION: RISE Vineyard Performing Arts, 455 State Rd., Woodland Center

REGISTER: Space is limited! Please reserve your spot. MVyogahealth@gmail.com

COST: $10/class. Cash, check or Venmo.

Prenatal Yoga – begins again!

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Sunday, 9:30 – 10:30 AM.

This class is designed for any stage of pregnancy.  Being pregnant is an amazing time in your life and doing yoga while pregnant can help you feel strong and healthy as you move into motherhood.  We will also:
-Build a community with other moms.
-Share information about pregnancy, the birthing process, and beyond.
-Learn to trust your body’s wisdom.
-Relax your body, quiet your mind, and follow your breath.
-Feel grounded, centered and balanced.
-Open hips and pelvis.
-Deepen your relationship with your baby.

The Creative Living Room



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I decided to take two months off from teaching this summer.  I thought, “I’ll travel, take lots of  yoga classes, practice yoga at home with my kids.  I will read yoga books that will inspire me.  I will come back to teaching refreshed, renewed – a better yoga teacher, and a happier, healthier person!”

It was a great idea.  But I’m halfway through my little hiatus and I’ve done nothing to better myself.  My summer plans have been a flop.  What to do?  Where do I go from here?

Nothing like the present moment!  Let’s see how the next few weeks go.

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My classes resume August 21st at The Creative Living Room, in Wallingford.


Retrograde reflection

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Has everyone gone crazy?  Have you noticed that some of us are a little bit “off”?  People are acting more frustrated, drivers are more aggressive, and there are more technical difficulties.  I don’t know much about it but I can feel a shift.  I found some websites that explain it.

“Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto are already retrograde and Mercury will join them in retrograde from April 28 to May 22.”

“Retrograde planets create confusion and a lack of clear understanding.  Mercury retrograde can be a time when we experience maddening events like miscommunications, travel and transportation difficulties, and the breakdown of equipment.”  http://astralharmony.com/blog/

“It is a great time for revisiting, redoing, and reconnecting with people, projects, and circumstances from the past.  It is an opportunity to reflect and gain insight.”  http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/04/28/mercury-retrograde-in-taurus-a-shift-in-what-we-value-and-how-others-value-us/

Good luck!  Oh, and May the 4th be with you 🙂