Category Archives: sports&fitness

Finding Balance: Falling is a good thing

As we are now in the midst of the fall season, I am reminded that even the leaves on the trees die and fall away, making their way to the ground in all their beautiful oranges, reds and yellows, so the trees can take a much needed rest.

Leaves are beautiful when they are in their lush green stage. They provide shelter for the animals, oxygen for us to breathe and sometimes fruit for us to eat. They provide shade from the hot sun, nutrients for the earth and a way for water to get to the strong roots that bear and grow the tree. Leaves are also heavy. When it is time and they are no longer needed, they don’t argue with Mother Nature; they detach and let go. They simply welcome the fall.

We can learn from this school of thought. Oftentimes, we carry around things that we don’t need any more. Past pains, old grudges, stress, impossible expectations, fear of change – all of these things are heavy. They prevent us from rest when we need to rest most. They make it impossible for us to grow when the proverbial spring comes again and new opportunities present themselves, because we don’t have the bandwidth. We need to let go. We need to allow those things to fall away and be grateful.

Will letting go of these things that are no good for us hurt? Maybe. But consider this: If the leaves on the trees stayed on for the winter, the snow and ice would weigh them down so much that the branches would likely break. Nature is wise – it knows when to let go. And we need to listen to ourselves and let go of what we don’t need, too, lest we bend and break. That would hurt more than letting those old things go.

Choose to stand taller; choose to allow growth. Trees can live for hundreds of years … maybe we should heed their lessons.

The pure light in me honors and respects the pure light in each of you. Namaste.

Jennifer RUSSO

Tailgating tips to start the football season right

The beginning of the football season also means a return to tailgating. While some of us may have continued the tradition throughout the summer concert season, football tailgating is a whole other game.

Worcester Railers: Full steam ahead

It has been just over 18 months since the official announcement that Worcester would be the home of a new East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) expansion team. The February 2016 announcement came close to a year after it was reported that the Worcester Sharks were leaving Worcester for San Jose, Calif.

FindingBalance: Practicing optimism

It is astounding to me how easy it is to fall into a state of negativity. It’s like a hole that you can’t seem to climb out of sometimes. There is a reason for this. If you allow yourself to have a negative point of view, you will be blinded to all of the good and beautiful things that have the power to distract you from it. And negativity breeds more negativity, which is why it may seem that “when it rains, it pours,” and frankly, life seems to just suck. The evidence is a flood of complaints and rants on my Facebook feed every day; how about yours?

FindingBalance: Oh, my back!

Jennifer Russo

Some believe that the only way you can build a strong body is by lifting weights. While lifting will certainly make your muscle tissue more dense and strong, yoga also builds a considerable amount of strength.