Saturday, August 31, 2013
While away I went to a restorative yoga session. It was amazing. Not the workout I expected but instead a gentle end of day meditation and stretch.
One of the themes that came up was mindfulness. The instructor was hilarious and I loved her way of talking it out.
"Now we are going to do a side pose. Some of you may not be able to do it so use your blankets and make a comfortable place. I always find my left hip is tighter than my right and even after 40 years I need to be mindful... not critical.. not say to myself after 40 years this is still hard.. darn hip... but instead after 40 years I know my left hip needs a little more care. Listen to your body. Adjust. It's never too late. If in the middle of your stretch your body decides this is not comfortable, adjust. Be mindful of your body's needs"
Well this was revolutionary to me. It made me really think. When I think mindfulness, I do think awareness but I don't think "adjust" and "change". For me it is committment and follow through. Decided to eat that cookie.. well no turning back now! Did the 4K route on the planner... can't make a different turn now despite the road block! I am not used to mindfulness. It is a gentle and loving approach and something I would like to cultivate.
I am happy to say I have walked each day since getting home. My dog though is getting older and can no longer keep up. Yesterday we got to the post office OK but half way home I had to carry her for a bit and then when I let her walk again she was slow slow slow with many breaks, and then the last 50 meters or so she was having real problems with her back legs crossing or giving out on her. She was happy to do the walk though and this morning was so sad when I told her she had to stay behind that I asked my daughter to walk part way with us so they could just do a half block and come back. Good choice for all of us.