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Natural Awakenings Central New Jersey



May 02, 2022 09:35PM ● By Nicole Zornitzer

As I reflect upon my life and the 50 years I have been on this journey, I am realizing that each piece, each moment has brought me to this moment where I can bare my soul and be completely comfortable in the vulnerability.  

The pieces of my life remind me of my favorite dessert, rainbow sprinkles on chocolate soft serve ice cream.  Each sprinkle brings meaning, relationship, excitement, sorrow, challenge, evolution, change, flavor, and a deeper appreciation for life, if I allow.  And as my tongue licks each sprinkle, savors its flavor as it mixes with the ice-cream, I become nourished and satiated in life experience.  

I often feel that my life can be likened to a book and each chapter has brought various pieces of a puzzle into my reach to experience it all.  From childhood to adolescence to young adult to now a more mature adult, I have experienced so many things during these 50 years.  While each chapter has certainly had its challenges, each page of the chapter has brought significant meaning and lessons along the way.  

Neither of my parents are here to celebrate my milestone birthday with me, which is terribly sad.  However, along my path I have been fortunate to meet people who love me and support me emotionally and care about my well-being and I know I am not alone.  As I reflect on each page of my book that is still in process, and allow myself to fully embrace my moments, I realize that the chapters of my life have become pieces of a puzzle.  Without any piece, this puzzle cannot exist and therefore the more challenging moments for me were meant to be experienced to provide me the compass to evolve and further my self-study.  Some of my puzzle pieces may be worn or have jagged edges, but that is okay, I realize this now.

My core, the center of this puzzle of life, the inside of my ice cream cone where the sweetest most delicious experience happens, my purpose for being alive are Jared & Larissa, my children.  I know that upon the day of my death, they are my WHY and they were my life’s purpose and dharma.  I also know with certainty, they were my most important “job” and I know with every bit of me, that I was exactly the mother I was born to be.  I remember when I was 5 years old and my brother Jonathan was born, people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  My answer was always the same:  a cheerleader and a mommy.  I have accomplished both and more, ironically maybe the cheerleader I was in high school became the cheerleader I now am for my clients, my community, my family.  This all being said, my greatest joy will always be my children.  My greatest disappointments, well there are a lot and those I will hold inside with compassion for myself and forgiveness for others.  What is most important is that I have learned from all my mistakes, albeit it sometimes took a bit to see the light after the darkness; but it did happen.

I am bare, naked, and NOT afraid.  I am vulnerable, I am sensitive, I have a big heart that many have seen.  I am optimistic most of the time, I am scared a lot of the time, I push myself to my limits too much of the time.  I am a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a lover, and I am proud of my learnings thus far.  So, while I most certainly do not know the number of my days remaining, what I am certain of is that at the beginning of 2022 I set out to EXPERIENCE life with rainbow sunglasses, to see the best in myself and others, to travel, to love, to be present.  So far, this is all happening for me, and the reason why is simple; I became OKAY being exposed, bare and willing to get hurt along the way.

Today I am 50 years old.  Today I have never felt more alive.  Today I am present and will walk the balance of my journey open to receive all that comes my way.

Nicole Zornitzer is the owner of Niyama Yoga. For information, visit



Tick Talk

Spring officially sprung on March 21. We have turned our clocks ahead. We are looking forward to warm winds, sunny skies and the smell of fresh cut grass. The daffodils and tulips have recently bloomed and we are just starting with the yard work that comes with the warmer weather.  Sadly, another season has started ramping up.  Tick season.

•             The best form of protection is prevention. Educating oneself about tick activity and how our behaviors overlap with tick habitats is the first step.

•             According to the NJ DOH, in 2022 Hunterdon County led the state with a Lyme disease incidence rate of 426 cases per 100,000 people. The fact is ticks spend approximately 90% of their lives not on a host but aggressively searching for one, molting to their next stage or over-wintering. This is why a tick remediation program should be implemented on school grounds where NJ DOH deems high risk for tick exposure and subsequent attachment to human hosts.

•             Governor Murphy has signed a bill that mandates tick education in NJ public schools. See this for the details.  Tick education must now be incorporated into K-12 school curriculum. See link:

•             May is a great month to remind the public that tick activity is in full swing. In New Jersey, there are many tickborne diseases that affect residents, including Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, Powassan, and Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiosis.

•             For years, the focus has mainly been about protecting ourselves from Lyme disease. But other tick-borne diseases are on the rise in Central Jersey. An increase of incidence of Babesia and Anaplasma are sidelining people too. These two pathogens are scary because they effect our blood cells. Babesia affects the red blood cells and Anaplasma effects the white blood cells.

•             Ticks can be infected with more than one pathogen. When you contract Lyme it is possible to contract more than just that one disease. This is called a co-infection. It is super important to pay attention to your symptoms. See link.

A good resource from the State:


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