While sure footed progress is being made on numbers 8-10 of my list seen here numbers 1-7 are certainly lacking.
Looking back over that list the other day was an eye opening evaluation of the progress I’ve made over the last year….financially speaking things have been on the steady improvement, which brings me closer to the home I wish to buy! School is moving along….I am not enjoying my class right now, or my instructor…well mostly my instructor, but I digress. I will leave my rant about that for another post.
We have a long weekend coming up (yea!!!). More specifically, we have a long weekend coming up with a beautiful (predicted) Fall forecast! The season has changed, and we should follow suit…
gone are the dog days of Summer with soaring temperatures and humidity levels so high that we begin to spend our days running from one air-conditioned environment to another (home>car>office>reverse!)
Here are the cool crisp, jacket inducing mornings that transition easily into long sleeved cotton shirt evening walks after work or even dinner.
During the Summer season we get up earlier, stay out later, and fall asleep at ungodly hours. It wreaks havoc on our balance. Shoot, my balance has been off since the Summer of ’08! But I am committed to refocusing my energies back into my body.
Will I be running 2 miles in the morning? Hell no, at my best I could never do that! But I can focus my energy and remind myself of myself, inside this self…in other words I want to focus on the spirit that dwells within, by focusing on its vehicle. Like my Jetta….it needs a tune-up!!!!
After being out of body for so long, I’m finding comfort in taking baby steps, so here are my three main baby steps for preparing for this Fall transition for those of us who have been neglecting your tune-up schedules:
1. Start your morning with the Breath of Fire (BOF). Use this ancient yogic breath in the morning to get your blood flowing and energy revved up for the day. Although it is not a 2 mile jog, don’t underestimate the BOF. Let yourself become fully awake, sit up in bed with your spine straight before attempting….(as Ravi say’s “It’s more aerobic than aerobics!) For more information on performing the breath of fire technique visit this link.
2. Stretch! Some don’t have the time, inclination, or ability (me) to do a full on yoga practice in the morning, but stretching daily, after the BOF has warmed up your body is a great start. Some great stretches can be done right in bed. I love a slow cat/cow in the morning, nice and easy on the comfort of my mattress and so does my knees!!
3. Feel your body. That’s it, just feel it. Throughout your day, remind yourself that you are in it. Feel your feet as they walk across the floor, feel the touch of a door knob on your hand and at least once or twice an hour give pause to notice your breath.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I have not been to kind to my body lately, but these are the steps that I am taking to make it right. What about you?
Today I am thankful for my body! I am thankful for my feet and legs that allow me the means of transport, my dexterous arms and hands that that assist me in accomplishing tasks, and my eyes that allow me to see and be thankful for so many of us move through life without this parts we take for granted.
Lifeis: About respecting the vehicle that you live through.