intuitive jan 2017


I love to create and design it is such a healthy outlet. Helpful and healing in every way. Especially on a day today.

New Year’s Eve! This is the one night of the year when society unites in a pro-drinking mentality that accepts and excuses all manner of drunken behavior (except, of course driving drunk). It is not just that excessive drinking is tolerated on this night; it is that it is encouraged and promoted. Ads on TV for sparkling wine and other assorted cocktails. Security guards and long lines appear at liquor stores and images of “happy” alcohol related celebrations decorate billboards. Bars and clubs vie for the attention of their patrons with promises of the “best” drinking environment for the most celebrated drunken spectacle of the year. What’s happening? The message is: the only way to enjoy yourself is to get drunk.

While this is in itself a disturbing suggestion that affects the whole spectrum of society – children included – it has a specific consequence for alcoholics. No one knows the dangers involved with excessive drinking better than those who suffer from alcohol addiction. The psychological motivation of the“good time” and alcohol is a driving force for many who struggle in recovery. Learning that what represents a real “good time” does not require the use of varieties of alcohol stimulants which can be a difficult lesson to absorb in sobriety. Attending parties, watching Saturday night sports, dinner with friends – these are all environments that usually involve the use of alcohol. The recovering alcoholic learns how to adjust to these environments (sometimes needing to avoid completely) and often comes to terms that life itself can still be enjoyed with a glass of sparkling water instead of wine.

But New Year’s Eve is different. The aura of superfluousness – feeding off the superfluousness of holiday indulgence. And herein lies the great danger for the alcoholic. In recovery, what estimates “unacceptable” is a drinking mentality that moves fast into self-destruction. It is not so much about how many drinks or if one drink can be “managed”. It is about a state of mind, in the mind, that is destructive to the individual who is suffering and is “triggered” by drinking alcohol to ease the pain inside. This state of mind that is  “unacceptable” to the alcoholic and the encouragement at New Year’s Eve to embrace the alcohol induced behavior has a very different affect on the alcoholic than the “social” drinker. The illusion of New Year’s Eve is that it is the “exception”. It is the one night where there are no rules. For the alcoholic, when she or he is not sober, every night is the  “exception”. The “exception” is the norm for the active alcoholic and the road to recovery involves a re-programming and rethinking of what incorporates the norm.

It’s a misguided idea about “Fun” on New Years Eve. And friendly reminder ..  to take it one day at a time.


May the New Year Rock your Life 

A new year, a new start, may your 2017 be the best one filled with happiness, tremendous success, and true love. 

People across the world literally wait a whole year for this special day of new year eve celebration which marks the end of a year, welcoming the upcoming year and is one of the precious moments of everyone’s life. On this day of New Year’s Eve- New Year’s Day people bid farewell to 2016 & welcome 2017 new year by cutting cakes, singing, dancing, going for a long drive, lightning fireworks, playing games & partying the whole night.

There is a short history associated behind the celebration of New Years Eve which is quite interesting. The calendar that’s now in use throughout the world is Gregorian Calendar but 2000 years earlier there were many different types of calendars adopted by different countries which marked different dates as the New Year. The number of days in year were also comparatively different in different calendars (Roman Calendar, Julian Calendar). After a lot of efforts and remodeling, the entire world adopted the use of Gregorian Calendar which marked the January 1st as the New Year. Since then 1st of January is celebrated as Happy New Year worldwide.

The best Pranayam:

Exhale the Past without any regret 

Inhale the Future without much expectation 

Hold the Present with pleasure 

And then Enjoy 2017 

Happy New Year!! 

Kelly Krishna Dunn 

Happy New Year 2017

The best Pranayam: Exhale the Past without any regret, Inhale the Future without much expectation, hold the present with pleasure. And then Enjoy 2017! Happy New Year!!



Transformation Tuesday 

Take the time to stop and breathe, before acting. The breath holds the connection to Divine Guidance. 

Positive Affirmation for Tuesday Transformation. I trust my inner wisdom and intuition. 

To love & peace,

Kelly Krishna Dunn 

Discover Your Best Detoxification: Ayurveda Abhyanga 

Abhyanga, a great way to start to get to know one of the five, (I’m a desi girl @ heart.) It’s called Panchakarma and means “five actions.” The benefits of this ancient, entirely natural detox method are being re-discovered today. Panchkarma is a set series of treatments first described in the ancient records of Ayurveda.

Panchakarma treatment is a truly unique approach for revitalization, rejuvenation and prevention. 

Authentic ayurvedic detox treatments are meant to be done in sequence. Each step and stage, physiologically, supports the next. 

Your Best Detox- Start with Abhyanga  


Abhyanga is the name of the synchronized oil therapy, adjusted to your liking. During Abhyanga, Self-massage, it’s a healing treatment that dislodges from the body tissues those toxins  which helps to harmonize the body’s functions. 

Silence and rest are important components in the process of activating the body’s own self-healing mechanisms. The abhyanga treatment uses herbal essences and massage oil formulation ingredients specially put together just for you.

 Soothing oils for your Self- nurturing- Self massage – Self–improving- Abhyanga. 
To Ayurveda Healing,

Kelly Krishna Dunn

Merry Chrismukkah! 

Growing up half Jewish and half Catholic brought upon festive celebrations especially in December. Having an Irish Catholic dad and a Russian Jewish mom, which lovingly refer to as being a Cashew who celebrates Christmas and Chanukah as Chrismukkah! 

For people who grew up in homes with strong faiths, both my parents were pretty non-religious. In December, every year, we celebrated both Chanukah and Christmas but with an emphasis on the cultural rather than religious traditions of each holiday. Instead of telling the story of the birth of Jesus or emphasizing how divine intervention helped the Jews triumph in the Hanukkah story, we focused on eating latkes and rolling out Christmas cookies. Decorating the Christmas tree and lighting the menorah. As a child, I loved both holidays and still do til this very day. 
But as I grew up, my Jewish faith began to speak to me with a stronger voice than my Catholic. When I was 7 years old, I asked my mom to enroll me in Hebrew school so that I could speak and write in Hebrew fluently since she already taught me how to speak in Russian. And when I was 13, Shabbat took on a whole other meaning and loved the connection to Shabbat every Friday at sunset. I have never denied that half of my ancestry is not Jewish, but when people ask me about faith, I say that I am Jewish.

During December, decor and symbols that honor both sides of my ancestory had character. I loved to cozy up every shelf and corner with cinnamon-scented candles, colored lights, evergreen branches, holly, ivy, mistletoe, pine cones, Santa Claus, nativity scenes, and of course a Christmas tree. All kinds of Christmas music from popular and New Age to Renaissance and Celtic — play in the house during the holiday season. The everyday dishes that are stored away in favor of gold holly-trimmed plates and mugs. There was no mistaking what we were celebrating since our decorations in the house were extravagant! 

The Russian side of my family didn’t want Jewish heritage to disappear amidst all the entertainment of Christmas.  I learned how to cook a batch of potato latkes served with applesauce and sour cream and noodle kugel every year. And had a menorah to light candles and sing Chanukah blessings just as they do in a fully Jewish home. I appreciated seeing the radiant menorah and the bright-light Christmas tree together in the same room in our house and enjoyed waking up on Christmas morning to stuffed stockings and gifts under the tree, a family breakfast, and another fun day of holiday entertaining with my family and extended family since we all lived close to each other here in New York. My mom was famous for her interior design talent and had an eye for decorating and designing and loved to entertain dinner parties at our house, so the tradition became that we would throw a Christmas party on Christmas Day which really turned into a five star, fine dining, five course gourmet sit down dinner experience that was unforgettable. 

It wasn’t a religious celebration, but one of family, love, music, light, warmth, and togetherness. And plenty of homemade food and presents! 
We’re lucky our blended family gets along and I’m grateful that we share these very different winter holidays together. By celebrating both holidays it created lively  experiences and memories that opened my eyes to honor ancestry and to continue being as open to diversity as it’s always been. I know we will always have a menorah and Christmas tree in our home and look forward to making delicious fried latkes and eating sufganiyot every year.

I happily remember these two holidays in our home and know we will celebrate Chrismukkah every year in our house. 
Happy Holidays,

Kelly Krishna Dunn 

The Spirit Of Giving 

Generosity is your shining gift. Gold is used to wrap a gift to represent something precious and valuable, the intangible gift of generosity. 

The gold box is perhaps a metaphor for the most generous gift we can offer, the time we give to others. Generosity is your shining gift means the giver is returning, and recognizing, the value of one’s generosity. 

Warm thoughts to you this Holiday Season! 

Kelly Krishna Dunn