Monday, January 4, 2016

Bring Positive to a Negative

Have you ever had a moment when you are lost in your own frustration and fuming and something jumps right in front of you to change your course?

Last night I had an argument with a good friend. There was no yelling or harsh words but at the end I had some real hurt feelings. I have replayed the moment in my mind at different points in the day. I keep coming back to wanting to prove I was right, say how much I have been hurt, etc.

Tonight, my thoughts were stopped in their tracks. I read Day 5 in Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates. It said "Whenever we find ourselves ensnared in negative behavior, we should increase the amount of time, thought and energy we direct toward positive behavior." Of course. What good does it do anyone to brood and be angry?

I'm ending my day with a lighter feeling. A feeling felt when you are able to let go and move on. I choose to focus on all the positive that surrounds me. I am grateful.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Meditations from the Mat

I am great at making New Year's resolutions!!! Making them last all year is a different story. As I think about 2016, I decided to go back to my bookshelf to embrace an old friend. This year will require five minutes of reading a day. Simple. Doable. A lasting impact is guaranteed!

The book I pulled out is called Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates. The 365 lessons are "daily reflections on the path of yoga."

As it is now January 3rd, I have read three lessons. Lesson 1started my year with a clear vision. Rolf is commenting on the violence of the twentieth century and the need for a change. He says "We need a new paradigm, one that will replace our present attachment to imbalance. Yoga is the study of balance, and balance is the aim of all living creatures; it is our home." Our home is what is already within us. It may be hidden below trauma, relationships, obligations, habits and more. I will spend the year going home. I hope you enjoy the journey.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Life in Recovery

I've gained so many insights while in recovery from major back surgery.  Lessons about patience and acceptance abound.  Years of a high-intensity lifestyle brought to a screeching but necessary halt.  Wearing a brace for 3 months felt like a form of prison ... bars around my freedom.  Yet, in the grand scheme of things, the restriction was short-lived and required of me should I wish to return to a robust life of activity.  Perspective gained, I became grateful.  Thankful.  Full of joy and cheer for the chance to get up and get going again. 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Life Lessons by Admiral William H. McRaven

Start each day with a task completed.

Find someone to help you through life.

Respect everyone.

Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often, but if take you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up—if you do these things, then next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today and—what started here will indeed have changed the world—for the better.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

That Wasn't Part of My Plan

“We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell

I am an active person.  I like to run, bike and swim.  I teach aerobics.  I'm a yoga instructor. 

I also have had issues with my back for 26 years.  Over the past year and a half, I have been dealing with pain and weakness in my right leg.  It's at a point now where I most likely will have back surgery.  

So what does this mean for my active lifestyle?  I no longer run.  I do not teach aerobics.  Two weeks ago I had to give up my yoga class at the YMCA.  I have taught classes at the Y for 18 years.  This is not what I had planned. 

As I reflect on the life waiting for me, I see a new path.  I am able to ride. I love the open road.  The fresh air is invigorating.  I can't describe the beauty of riding on a country road, surrounded by corn fields with the sun on the horizon. With cycling, I have formed new friendships.  We have open, honest conversations as we work and sweat! I have a new appreciation for the freedom on a bike.

How often do we have our life planned out and something jumps in the way to change the course we are on? Accept the challenge to let go.  While we don't know what the future holds, it is all before us.  Go explore.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

What is Happiness?

I was recently reading an article in Fast Company's magazine called "5 Profound Insights on Success from a Wharton Prof Devoted to Understanding It."  The author described how to find happiness by choosing the profession that fits you best.  It was in the article I found an inspirational quote. 

It said, “Happiness is just three things: good health, meaningful work, and love.”

What is happiness to you?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Top 10 Words of Wisdom from Gandhi

1. Be the change.

2. What you think you become.
3. Where there is love there is life.
4. Learn as if you’ll live forever.
5. Your health is your real wealth.
6. Have a sense of humour.
7. Your life is your message.
8. Action expresses priorities.
9. Our greatness is being able to remake ourselves.
10. Find yourself in the service of others.
What would the world be like if we followed even half of these principles?