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Over two weeks into January…..what have I been doing? Well after a bit of a hiatus in my yoga practice I am back.  My biggest challenge right now is to allow my practice to be integrated with my daily life.   Once again the theme of balance arises. On average it works out to about an hour or two of yoga/ meditation/ practice a day.  It might sound like quite a bit but when you are in the moment of it, it seems like just that, only a moment.  That is not to say that every day is exactly two hours, it depends on the day.   Today was quite a bit less, but nonetheless I find my mind returning back to the place of practice.  Again this returns to my thoughts of the New Year, no set New Year’s resolutions.  If I skip a day entirely that is okay.  I will know when I need to practice and will honor that feeling…..the feeling is my own intuition.

I am blessed to have wonderful people in my life, some I have physically met while others I have not.  Many wonderful people helped me complete this quilt as a gift for my husband.  Thank you all for this gift! I have been able to combine most of the fabrics I received through the Ravelry RAK(Random Acts of Kindness) group. I have some different weights of material that I received that I am using to make pillows.  I also received some lace swatches that I will be using on the pillowsOriginally my plan was to use the lace to make my outfit for the art show I was in last October but that did not work out.  I let those know in my request that if I was not able to use the lace for the dress then I would be using them in the quilt.  My original vision for the quilt was more of a crazy quilt with lots of surface embellishment but as the material began to arrive in the mail the vision of the quilt evolved before my eyes.

The back of the quilt is made from a full size top(flat) sheet that a friend had given us quite some time ago.  It had worked its  way to the back of our hall closet and had not seen the light of day for many, many months.  Now it has a new life and is being used in our home everyday.  Using the sheet helped me finish this quilt as it gave me a perfect template for the size and the squared edges that I SO needed after improvising the design.  I do not foresee any more large quilts in my future, but lap size or crib size are highly probable.  Possibly a large one assembled from smaller ones…but first I have pillows to make! I hope to have the first pillow done by the end of this month.

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I am looking at the date showing on my computer and can hardly believe we are already a week into 2010.  I am still finding myself going to write 09 but I have been catching myself before I write the nine.  I discovered that it is easy to slip a 1 in front of the zero as long as I have not written in the 9 yet.  Last year I made my resolutions and am happy to say that I followed through on them to my satisfaction.  Towards the end of last year I began to contemplate the resolutions that I wanted to make for 2010. Then as the New Year came, an interesting thing happened….I no longer felt the desire to make a list of resolutions. Now this is not to say I am not making a few changes in my life but I am not as steadfast on establishing a set list. This year I have decided to make positive changes in my life as the opportunity unfolds before me.  I am not forcing the changes but being patient for them to evolve in a more natural way. So today I went for a leisurely walk down to the beach and it felt good, it felt right.  I listened to the birds and the waves.  I watched the “new mommies” working out in a group with their babies in strollers.  I watched the surfers waiting for waves and even catching a few too.  I watched the life in everything around me.  As I did this I could feel the life in me too.  It was peaceful.

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I looked through blurry, sleepy eyes at the time on my cell phone. 6:38 a.m. I woke up two minutes before my alarm was set to go off, somehow I do that quite often.

Sleepy eyes

Sleepy eyes

I gave myself all of ten minutes to wash my face, brush my teeth, throw on some clothes and scurry out the door. As I began walking, images of the morning world emerging trickled into my brain. The slight chill in the morning air saw to it that by the time I reached the end of the first block I was fully in my senses. The thought of Petia walking on the trail to meet me put a spring into my step and a smile on my face.
As we recognized each other from a distance we began to smile and I wondered why so much time had passed since I had seen her. We exchanged greetings and big hugs. Ah, the warmth of a loving soul is such a special thing. We began an amazing journey along the beach-front trail on both the physical and the spiritual level. We filled each other in on some of what had happened since we had last seen each other. As we are both artists we also relished in the images that surrounded us and how we saw different things we would like to capture through painting or photography. What a wonderful morning.
We parted ways and I looked at the time…I had just enough time to make it home to make breakfast for my husband before he left for work. As I began to prepare the food an inner quiet came over me. I realized that there are many people that don’t understand what happened to me last year. Most of what happened is a very personal journey that cannot be easily expressed in words. So I guess the best summation I can offer is to say that I began a tremendous and sometimes tumultuous journey of inner work. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be with my grandmother as she passed from this world. The experience is one that I will never forget and is a priceless part of my life.
New Direction

New Direction

My life has taken a new direction since that moment. The direction is still unfolding before my eyes like the most beautiful exotic flower I have ever seen or could possibly imagine. I am finally beginning to embrace this instead of fighting the process. Funny how when you embrace the change things seem to flow smoothly. Would I say I am a different person? That is complicated…in some ways yes, in some ways no. I am still me, but things are changing. Changing for the better.
So for those I have not seen in awhile, know that I am well. I hope you are well. I thank you for your patience as I have needed the distance to undergo this whole process. I also thank the new people I am meeting. I am grateful for all of you that are entering into my life. I feel so blessed. So with humble gratitude I thank all of you!

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This morning is the first day I have not had a pounding headache in days(have had a head-cold).  I reheated leftover coffee from yesterday, the perfect amount for one large cup.  Made my way to the computer to check my emails.  I usually take a peak at headlines and saw something about an animal video so I clicked the link to check it out.  I didn’t find it very funny.  THEN this one played and I found it hilarious and inspiring.   Maybe it is just because I am still waking up, but it made me laugh and I replayed it too!  Made me think, “hey, if this bird can get this kind of exercise for over 2 minutes straight then I can too!”  Now granted I know I need to exercise for more than 2 minutes straight but my POINT is I am left feeling inspired and light-hearted.  What a great way to begin a day.  I hope this does the same for you.  We need more good-natured laughter in the world.


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