Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I love this post and the following list are all the mantras (as I like to call them) and/or quotes I've used over the past two years to get me through:
*I am kind and gentle with myself and treat myself with tender, loving care. (This one has been with me the longest)
*Let's see where I am today in this moment
*Baby steps. Enjoy every little baby step of the process. If I enjoy the path along the way, I will arrive at my destination having had a lovely journey.
*Rebellious body movements are on the schedule for tonight!
*I'll just do 10 minutes!
*Just go with it!
*Explore what makes me happy and brings me pleasure
*Begin, sustain and close with LOVE and JOY
I guide my energy into activities I love doing and bring me pleasure
*My body is smaller but "I" am bigger
*Silly xxx - whatever negative thought I am having.
*Faith, Self-Control, Determination, Concentration, Patience
*All Structures Are Free To Move
*I am one with... I am the...
*I Trust And Embrace The Process
*I Distinguish My Feelings From The Feelings Of Others
*I Can Choose To Feel Differently
*My Body Knows What To Do and DOESN'T need my mind to do it
*THERE is NO PROBLEM
*Keep things novel, change things up in unusual ways
*I can do less, relax more and enjoy life even the messy, earthy, womanly, sloppy, lazy stuff and still meet my goals
*Joy can move mountains
*I forgive myself
*I am patient enough and loving enough and joyful enough and can feel fulfilled in all things (the opposite of lonely)
*"An empty barn is better than a barn full of naughty cows!" - Bikram Choudhury
*"Most People Don't Consider Me An Athlete...something tells me you'll reconsider" - New Balance Foundation, New England Aquarium advertisement.
*"Bengal Tiger Strength, English Bulldog determination" - Bikram Choudhury
*"Living on the edge" of my comfort zone
*Perfection is not my goal, I look towards PROGRESS always.
*I eat healthy, whole and clean foods that I enjoy eating.
*My exercise consists of activities I know I could enjoy the challenge and adventure of doing for the rest of my life.
*Slay the "I don't feel like it Dragon"
*"You cannot create a new reality while looking at your current reality."
*"The only way is the right way, and the right way is the hard way." BC
*"In extreme heat we forge bodies and minds of steel. By pushing yourself to your limits and then beyond, you understand that there are no limits. Everything is possible if you work hard enough and know what you're doing." BC
*It's never too late, it's never too bad, and you're never too old or too sick to start from scratch again." - Bishnu Ghosh - Bikram's guru.
*I am in charge of my own decisions, feelings and behavior. Coach Dean
*I always start from where I am at that moment and give myself the freedom to be where I am. Coach Dean
*Nothing but love for you all including myself
*Balance in all things
*"I needed that pain - it got me to where I am today". John Locke character in Lost
*"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain, American writer
*A ship in the harbor is safe. But that's not what ships are built for. - Anonymous
*Taste is fleeting. Nutrients are long-term.
*And then the day came, when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. - Anais Nin, Danish diarist
*There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other as if everything is. - Albert Einstein, physicist
*Something we were withholding made us weak, until we found it was ourselves. - Robert Frost
*We can't become what we need by remaining what we are. - Max Dupree
*I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. - Bill Cosby, comedian
*I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. - Thomas Jefferson, President and philosopher
Monday, January 11, 2010
I am back to work today and routine. I did NOT get to bed at a reasonable hour last night. Everything seems to take longer than usual. I was up late last night putting together my food for the week. In defense, I am playing with using my handy dandy new foodsaver and I portioned everything to go for the week. I love it. Even my veggies are cut, cleaned and portioned to eat. I am enjoying my crispy green beans and celery right now!
It's amazing how good I can feel if I choose to be happy and not beat on myself. I didn't get to bed early last night, I didn't get up early, and I didn't walk in to work. Boo-hoo! OK, I'm over it. I did walk during lunch today and the sunshine was so warm and wonderful. I have yoga after work and then I will walk home. So all is ok. Then tonight, I plan to clean my desk at home so I can journal when I DO get up early tomorrow morning. I will also set up my aero-garden to grow me some yummy fresh basil and lettuce.
After a very non-stop busy weekend, I regret to say my house is still not clean! Why my brain still thinks it is realistically possible to organize and clean my home in one weekend is beyond me. Note to self must be more realistic in goal making! Alas, though I am not beating myself up for that either because it will all get done in due time and I can do a little bit every day.
How did I ever live with that gung-ho, get it all done at once disease??? I will do my yoga, then clean and then rest!
It's going to be a great week.
Saturday, January 02, 2010
I have a nasty cold for my holiday visiting family. All this eating, lounging around and on top of it not feeling well. I feel like a slug. I needed to check in with my sparkpage and remind myself of who I am. I may have a cold and I may be home and faced with challenges to maintain healthy life-style but that doesn't mean I need to succumb to them all. I also could stand to be a little more gentle and loving with myself considering the circumstances.
So more loving and more gentle with myself this morning. I tracked my food. Always a good place to start. I am now going to take a very short walk outside in the cold. I just need some fresh air. Then I am going to enjoy some easy qigong exercises because they will help with my cold. Then I shall do whatever I please, because I am on vacation. I am going with healthier food options today not because I SHOULD but because I WANT to.
Sparkly hugs to you all.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Happy New Year everyone! This will be my last blog for 2009. It has been an amazing year for me. I made a list yesterday - who me??? Hee, Hee. I made a list of 100 things that annoy me in my life currently from little things to big things. I call it my Petty Annoyances list. I do it almost every year and it is an amazing thing to see how most all of them are gone by the following year or you just don't care about them any more. THEN, I made a list of My top 100 moments of 2009. I can't believe how many wonderful moments, experiences, realizations, I have had this year. Astonishing really. I don't feel like I have "changed" so much as evolved. Evolution is much more gentle than change and I think perhaps more longlasting. I think you all get my drift.
I haven't done a "goals" list nor do I think it will be called "goals". More likely - aspirations. Continuing to nurture myself and others around me and applying ease and balance found in yoga into other areas of my life are the main themes. I will make myself a vision collage this year. I've been wanting to do it for a long while and after seeing the effect of having a picture of me as a little girl to sing to for my recent performance, I realize how strong the visual image can be for me. So perhaps rather than writing another list of goals, it will be a more artistic version of creating aspirations that later then I will make more concrete action terms. So that's the plan.
I'm about to go home for vacation for a week. Some time with my sister going through photos and being girls. Won't be on spark as much I presume and I am leaving the collage for when I get back and perhaps even after the yoga retreat I am doing the following week as I feel this will be a life-changing and thought provoking moment in my life that would be wonderfully included in the process of creating a vision for my life - one that comes from inside of me. My inner spark.
On another note, looking forward to reading that spark book - looks really good guys.
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