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Dare to Dream

This is my hundredth Single in Studio City article. I’ve had an affinity for writing from a young age and often imagined having my own column.

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to share my spirit and savvy with you on a weekly basis. I’m excited to hear your poignant and insightful responses, honored when you’ve been motivated and inspired.

As children it’s acceptable to fantasize. Yet as adults, you’re told to stop day dreaming and pretending. Before you know it you’ve lost the ability to wish and hope, to cherish and treasure your aspirations.

What do you dare to dream? Have you always wanted to be a game show contestant, poet, gourmet chef, ballroom dancer, yoga expert, foreign car connoisseur, big brother/sister?

Do you yearn to jet ski, parasail, skydive, live on a kibbutz, sing in a nightclub, climb Mount Everest, join a bowling league, take up tennis, go on a safari, learn to play the harp?

It’s never too late to realize your goals, to champion the fruition of your passion. You may have buried your longings so deeply, it’s difficult to access them. Do you seldom take the time to reach the creative connections your soul fancies?

Visions can be converted into realities. All it takes is getting in touch with your internal faculties where everything you need resides. The wherewithal already exists inside of you.

There are many peaceful places right here in our humble town where you can contemplate cravings you’ve kept hidden for eons.

Studio City has numerous havens to take refuge in from the daily hustle and bustle. When’s the last time you strolled through Fryman or Runyon Canyon, Treepeople, Coldwater Canyon or Studio City Park, or merely meandered along the LA River?

Do you ever notice the magnificent sun rising or setting on the horizon, the star formations in the sky, or the ones on the sidewalks of The Studio City Walk of Fame on Ventura Blvd.  

Walking is healing and a useful way to free the clutter that prevents you from visualizing your ambition and purpose.

Consider walking one of LA’s labyrinths to bring to light the inner recesses of your psyche and awaken your innate talents, skills, originality, inventiveness, resourcefulness, aptitude.

Practicing this ancient meditative walking exercise will quiet your mind allowing you to locate and/or discover the source of your inherent power and strength.

Prepare to be awed and amazed by what transpires before, during, and after this magnificent rite of passage. It will only take minimal moments from your busy schedule. The benefits, however, are continual and transformational, comparable to meditating for hours on end.

There’s an indoor canvas labyrinth at the Metropolitan Community Church in the Valley, 5734 Cahuenga Blvd., NoHo 91601, available the first Thursday of the month from 10am-9pm with candlelight and music from 7-9pm.

Contact them by phone: 818-762-1133; Email: revjshoregoss@gmail.com; or on the web at: http://mccinthevalley.com.

You can traverse the travestine marble labyrinth in its beautiful outdoor setting at Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens, 3500 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90018.

Open Tuesday through Friday 12N-3p and Sunday 12N-4p, you’re also welcome to visit their tranquil meditation garden for instant rejuvenation.

Contact them by phone: 323-737-4055; Email registrar@peacelabyrinth.org; or go to www.peacelabyrinth.org for additional information.

It’s ok to succeed. It’s ok to achieve. It’s ok to celebrate your greatness. It’s ok to dream the possible dream. It’s ok to fulfill your heart’s desires.

Erma Bombeck said in her infamous poem, If I Had My Life To Live Over, “I would seize every minute…look at it and really see it…live it…and never give it back.”

In another version, Nadine Stair expresses what she would do differently: “…I’d relax. I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip…I would be crazier…I would take more chances…swim more rivers…I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall...I would ride more merry go rounds. I would pick more daisies”

Last but not least, I highly recommend a phone guided meditation/hypnotherapy session with the phenomenally gifted healer, Karen Klaskin.

You’ll experience an exceptional, mind blowing journey, physically, emotionally, and mentally; become extremely conscious and cognizant; and embrace your genuineness and goodness.

Find out how Karen can help you carry out your intentions at www.phonehypnotherapist or 818-514-6052.

Don’t miss Dr. Dan’s first “single mingle soiree” of 2013 this coming Wednesday January 30 from 6:30-9:30p at Cabaret Tehran/Mediterranean Bar and Grill, 16101 Ventura Blvd., #160 Encino, CA 91436.

As always, it’s free with a no host bar, dancing to great tunes, and complimentary light appetizers. The venue is having a karaoke party from 9:30p on and you’re invited to stay without having to pay their usual cover charge.

Renee Piane January 27, 2013 at 11:33 PM
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