Baby steps

It is amazing how your goals manifest through the power of intention and mindfulness.

I’ve been diligent with my New Year’s resolutions key which is walking 30 minutes daily. It’s a two-fer because the walk doubles as meditation (meeting the 30 minutes of mediation resolution.)

Excercise is improving my overall fitness level and I just got a new hair cut to complement my new svelte look–and because I really like the way that I look, I’m more mindful about what I put into my body.

I’m also more relaxed and open, and probably appear more approachable and I’ve noticed more people are seeking me out smilingly to chat. Also because my mindset is more serene, I now see problems as situations and the occasional bump as part of the road.

I’ve lots more energy and greater focus on the job, and yesterday my manager called me excitedly to tell me that I was over 104% to my sales plan. A good thing for my bank account. This accomplishment helps me achieve my other resolution–for income to be greater than my expenses on a weekly basis.

And it all started with a walk through the neighborhood…

No time for oms homes

Kudos to Gretchen Rubin author of the Happiness Project. I read her book earlier this year and adopted several of her suggestions.

One suggestion absolutely changed my life by making me more mindful. It’s easy! To reduce stress during any tedious project add the word ‘meditation’ after the action.

For example, sitting in traffic becomes ‘sitting in traffic meditation’ and ironing clothes becomes ‘ironing clothes meditation.’ It helps me appreciate the value of slowing down and focusing in the moment on a single task through completion. I’m much calmer now doing things that previously caused me to break out into hissy fits.

Only thing it DOESN’T work for is the actual act of meditation–sitting to meditate m_____n.

Solitude and Parenthood

Being a mother offers rewards, daily, on many levels. One sacrifice I’ve had to make however, is solitude. I’m now realizing what a truly guilty pleasure it was, those days before children, to browse antique shops, museums, farmers markets, and coffee shops–alone. Although I wouldn’t turn back the clock, now, I rarely have time alone. Instead I work at being fully present with my children during play, homework, meals, etc. But think about it, isn’t solitude simply our attempt at being fully present?

Life-saving Yoga

The past several years I’d attempted yoga in fits and starts; live classes, dvds (and before then, videos). Despite the best of intentions my resolve ebbed and flowed like the tide. Fast forward a few weeks ago, I dug out a copy of Light on Yoga (B.K.S. Iyengar), I’d had for a few years now and finally decided to blow off the dust and start reading, beginning with the Forward and Preface onward. This time, I resolved to better understand what is Yoga (mindfulness) and to learn one pose at a time beginning with Plate 1. Practicing each individual pose until mastery before advancing to the next pose. After 3 weeks, I’m on Plate 7 (a modification of triangle pose), gratified by the increased flexibility in both legs but mainly my left side which originally lagged in flexibility versus the right side (I’ve mild scoliosis). Yesterday I was in a near collision on 495 in Wilmington, Delaware, almost clipped a car in front, who’s driver experienced road rage and attempted to side swipe me in attempt to induce me to collision. My 2000 Chevy Tahoe did a 360 degree turn followed by a 180 degree turn on a 4 lane highway ending up facing on coming traffic. My presence of mind and the All Seeing took control of the steering wheel saving both me and my small daughter sitting in the her car seat from certain death. Neither the helpful bystander and the Emergency Medical Technician could believe no one was hurt (neither car was touched) and the road rage driver made a hasty exit (hopefully with some remorse.) I’m filled with gratitude for the presence of mind. Next week will be Plates 8 and 9–extended lateral angle pose.