Let’s Get Physical

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 | 0 comments

Let’s Get Physical

February is the month of love and I am focusing on loving our bodies, not the body you want and not a body you see in magazines – Your Body – just as it is today – all of it. We want to change our bodies – we want them to LOOK better.  But have you given much thought to their actual function?  This month I am asking you to turn your perspective from the surface appearance of your body to the physical function and begin to appreciate just how wonderful your body is and all it accomplishes every single day. Our bodies are wonderful works of art that are so complex that science has barely scratched the surface of how it works.  There are so many functions that your body completes every second without an active thought from you, like breathing. Consider how the complex interaction of blood, bone and muscle allows for your every movement. Look at your hand and instead of seeing the flaws you would usually see, acknowledge the wonder of what it can do and how it works.  Now turn that same perspective to a part of your body that you would like to change and notice how it alters your feelings about any other part of your body you would like to change.  This new perspective is especially important if you are facing health challenges.  Our mental attitude toward our body is key to how we take care of ourselves. This isn’t about specific parts of your body or being complacent with where you are physically.  This is about shifting your attention from the surface APPEARANCE of your body to the amazing FUNCTION of your body. This is about accepting where you are today and appreciating the physical form that enables you to be present in the world.  When you begin to appreciate your body for the miracle it is – a transformation to love can begin.  When we love something we take good care of it and keep it safe.  This is not a magic wand that changes your body, but it can change how you look at yourself in the...

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Finding Peace on the 11th Floor

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 | 1 comment

Finding Peace on the 11th Floor

My life took a turn about six months ago when I received an offer I could not refuse.  I was given the opportunity to return, 3/4 time to accounting.  It was a tough decision, but I was able to negotiate my time so that I could still teach the majority of my classes.  My students have been wonderful and supportive, but as you can tell by my posts, I have struggled with balancing my time at the office and my time on my mat. But I have recently made a change in my schedule that seems to be a promising answer.  My office is about 36 miles from my home, but when school started again it was taking me almost an hour and a half to get to work.  In spite of all my yogic breathing and my years of practice my patience was at an end.  So I went drastic.  I started leaving my home at 6 am, a full forty five minutes earlier than I was leaving.  Now make no mistake, this is hard to do.  I rely on my husband to help me get out the door with all of “stuff” I need for the day. But, I wear my yoga cloths to work and take my work clothes in a bag.  I take my breakfast to the office.  I put on my makeup in the office bathroom.  So really all I need to get out the door is clothes on my body and coffee in my hand and office clothes in my bag. So what is my reward for this strange morning ritual. Peace. I work in a space that has empty offices, so I asked for a key to one that faces the sunrise. I get to the office long before anybody else and the 11th floor is completely quiet. I make the first pot of coffee (and get the first cup), I grab my mat out of my office and I practically run to my yoga “office”. And I always know that if the need arises, I can go back to my “yoga” office during the day to refresh. This is my reward for rolling out of bed long before I want to.  I get to witness the sun rise over Houston in complete and utter Peace.  I have physical and mental “space” to assimilate my worlds.  And the fruits of my efforts are really starting to ripen.  I am calmer during my hectic day.  I am getting on my mat.  I am able to go deep within and keep perspective of what is important. So my question to you is: What strategy could you use to get more Peace in your day?  And why not just try it?  You may like it, or even love it. Namaste from the 11th...

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Struggle

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 | 0 comments

Wow.  It is COLD!  I think the high today in Houston Texas (South of downtown) has been somewhere in the neighborhood of 36 degrees.  Which brings me to…things that try our patience.  In this case – frozen pipes!! It is amazing all the little things we take for granted that make our lives so much easier until they are taken away.  Like running water. And electricity.  Some people in the area today have had the frustration of rolling black outs. These things are going to happen, like it or not.   Hurricanes come into the Gulf and apparently we DO get hard freezes on the Gulf coast.So the question is – what do you do when something like this happens? The way I see it, we have two choices; we can gripe, cry, yell and then get down to dealing with the issue…OR… we can save some energy and skip the drama. I am not being a Polly Anna here.  When stuff happens I know it stinks.  And there are certainly issues that come into our lives that call for the drama.  Those things do not get brushed aside – they call for a process.  But for all that little stuff I say it is a question of energy conservation.  Do frozen pipes call for drama?  Probably not. My light-bulb moment came not that long ago.  I was away on a weekend retreat, thinking about my life and all that stuff when I found myself looking out of the window watching the birds.  I noticed that the birds were all fighting for a place at the feeder.  Some were trying to keep other kinds of birds away while others were scratching at the ground looking for what had fallen.  Then it occurred to me: EVERY living thing must work for something.  We work for food, shelter, mates, offspring, etc.  But, humans seem to be the only species who struggle. By struggle I mean all of that mental gymnastics we go through of, “if only”, “should have”, “could have” and “what if”.  We are great at taking something insignificant and turning it into a world class issue.  But we end up right back where we started, having to deal with the issue at hand. Now, I say this as a recovering struggler.  If they would have handed out medals for it, I would have had the gold.  But something clicked that day while I was watching the birds and since then I have realized that life just seems to go smoother when I skip the drama. I am not saying that things just magically stopped happening (remember – frozen pipes), but somehow they don’t stick to me anymore.  I find it frustrating for a few minutes then I ask myself :”So what are you going to do about it?” and then I just get on with it.  I have stopped listening to that voice in my head that tells me it is my fault.  Maybe it is, but maybe it isn’t.  In the case of the frozen pipes; that was someone else.  But even then, can I go back and make the pipes magically not freeze?  No.  And that someone didn’t let the pipes freeze on purpose. So what good is the drama?  I am sure that the lesson is better learned from having to fix it than from me throwing a fit.  (Love ya Honey). So the next time some small issue arises try this.  Take three to five yogic breaths and tune out the mental gymnastics.  Focus on the issue at hand and then…move on.  And see what...

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