I know for those of us who work on a yoga practice those couple hours a week can make a big difference. But if you leave the mat just to get pissed off the moment you realize your kid didn’t do their chores…. again… then what good has your yoga practice really done?
Here’s what I’m getting at: I’m talking about practicing that whole Namaste thing throughout your day and throughout this new year; and not just when your yogi is watching. It takes practice – that is why they call it yoga practice, right? But doesn’t it crack you up when the same chick that was OM-ing like her life depended on it gives you the finger when you inadvertently cut her off while leaving the parking lot?
Please don’t be one of those girls.
And don’t just play nice with each other, practice yoga off the mat by finding traits within yourself that bring out your peaceful nature. Such as selflessness. Or patience. Yeah, I gotta work on that one myself.
I came across this story of a guy named Scott Harrison on one of my favorite websites, Marie Forleo dot com. Scott was once a NYC club promoter who more regularly did drugs than he did volunteer work. He partied, jet-setted, and generally exploited every living vice there was to offer. Until he realized that life was about a whole lot more than that. Scott has now raised over 100 million dollars for wells in developing countries; 100% of the proceeds donated to his cause, ‘charity: water‘, go towards digging wells.
I’m sharing this with you because no matter how selfish or greedy our hearts can be sometimes — deep down we long for something so much more meaningful. Please watch.
With lot of practice, I am finding it easier to hit my own little ‘pause’ button, do a few yoga breaths, and move forward with much more focus and calm. Bringing what good I can to a world that needs it. Desperately.
Much love my friends, and best wishes in 2015!
Sure, coffee can do it for you, but what has coffee done for you lately, except give you yellow teeth, bad breath, and the jitters?
Why don’t you try the “other” coffee break?
Let me explain…
Anywho, she was feeling a little schlumpish one mid-afternoon, like most of us do, so she made an appointment with herself to get to know her ‘new friend’ Lelo.
Well. What do you know? After her little “session”, she was simply bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Her skin was glowing, her eyes were sparkling and there was a spring in her step. What a great idea!
Now clearly, this can only work if you are lucky enough to work at home or can find a private space with a locking door. I don’t recommend that you do it on a sales call (though it might improve your sales if you let them watch). I’m kidding!
I don’t think my little recommendation will put Starbucks out of business any time soon, but it might just get you through the day in a better way!
I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day this past week.
I had a mini-freak out this morning when I realized that since Labor Day has now passed, my favorite summer breakfast – fresh berries, yogurt and granola – wouldn’t be possible for much longer.
Attempting to eat only seasonally fresh produce means you have to change what you eat a few times a year. But I love my summer breakfast! And I love summer! And long days! And since I’m not relocating to Southern California anytime soon, I will attempt to transition into fall gracefully.
Here are some things that I look forward to in the upcoming, chilly season:
If you can’t beat it, you may as well join it, right? Enjoy your last bits of summer in the upcoming weeks!
This post is being awkwardly written, as my left hand has been in a cast, and then a splint for the last eight weeks.
Eight. Long. Weeks.
Flash back to an amazing summer morning on the water. The paddleboard yoga class I was taking was nearing its end, and I decided to get fancy and do a “behind the head” bind. It’s tough enough to do on land, but I’d worked on it for the better part of a year and felt pretty confident about it. That is, until I lost my balance, rolled off my board, and damn near tore my thumb off. One semi-emergent surgery later, and my exercise regime came grinding to a halt. Hence my rude wake-up call.
————————————- Oh, shit. ——————————————
Exercise keeps me feeling and looking healthy, but much more importantly, it keeps me from being a raving bitch/lunatic. So I knew I had to get on top of things, and quickly.
Yoga and weightlifting, my two go-to activities of choice, were an obvious NO.
Running didn’t work either, as the cast made me majorly lop-sided, and once I was splinted, the fear of catching or bumping my thumb made me cringe.
I walked a lot, and took the opportunity to get back in the pool, awkward though it was.
Still, I felt a bit like a caged lion.
And then, I exhaled. Maybe, just maybe, the universe gave me exactly what I needed. A little more time and space to stop and smell the roses. Our oldest just left for college, and the ‘baby’ is now a junior in high school. We had some pretty magical moments this summer, many of which probably wouldn’t have happened if Mama was at the gym all morning.
So though I’m still pissed that I’m not firing on all cylinders, and likely won’t be for a few more months, I can see that I am exactly where I am supposed to be. And therein lies the silver lining, my friends.
What’s not going well for you that you could find some silver lining in? Please do share!
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