Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

This morning I woke up with a lot of gratitude, gratitude for all the adventures I have had this year, the good and the bad.  Last year around Thanksgiving I was only focused on the future and thinking that I would be happy when....  Today I realized how much I have to be thankful for. 

Even though there are members missing from our visit this holiday, I am grateful for the family that is able to gather together.  

The people that inspired me today were all the people we encountered who were working on Thanksgiving day, and giving it their all.  I thought that traveling today was going to be crowded and a nightmare, but we continuusly encounted smiling faces.  It never ceases to amazing how much of a difference a smiling face can make in a moment.  

 Question to consider:  What are you most grateful for today?   I am really grateful for Adam, he is my constant, my rock and my unending inspiration.  

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Keeping two fires lit

Tuesdays are pretty long days for me, I start and finish the day with classes.  In between I handle lots of other things.  I usually don't get much time to stop.  I get plenty of time to relax, I just don't stop.

On Tuesdays I feel very divided, one minute I am learning about different breathing techniques, the next minute I am sitting in a meditation, then I go and play with children, come home to spend time with the pup, usually I remember to eat and then I am back at the studio in yoga class for three plus hours.  I know plenty of people that have busier days and plenty of people that have less busy days.  My issue is staying present through out the day and giving things my full attention.   Today I was tired and didn't focus in yoga, but I was very focused in Dao class.  

To me this similar to when I make multiple beads on one mandrel.  It takes a lot of balance and awareness to keep them both hot and stable.  Sometimes I end up  with multiple beads, sometimes one cracks and sometimes they both crack.  I am still waiting for these two beads to cool so I can find out the result.  The only answer I can come up with is I need more practice handling multiple fires.

Question to consider: How do you decide which fires to keep burning?   

Monday, November 25, 2013

Alive

I did it!  I had so much fun Saturday morning.  It was cold (about 40 degrees) and raining but I went out and tackled my first mud run.  I skipped a couple of obstacles, I fell down a lot; but I laughed through it all.  I am remembering to continue to laugh as my bruises heal and my body recovers. 

My teacher inspired me to run this race.  He completes a lot of these races and always comes back to class describing how much fun he had.  So I started our running a minute at a time in September and slowly worked my way up to running for 30 minutes straight.  Since I was not an experienced runner, I focused on running.  

It was such an amazing morning, and I am excited to sign up for another race with a number of friends and classmates.  The running was my least favorite aspect, I really enjoyed the obstacles, even swimming through the cold water.  But I really enjoyed the water slide and the rope swing.  

Question to consider: When was the last time you got out of your head and your stories to just experienced life?  Lately I just take a moment to take a deep breath and really be aware of my body.  However during the 45 minutes or so of this race, I was not thinking.  I was just breathing and taking the next step. 


Sterling Sunday


Friday, November 22, 2013

Race prep

I am taking this gas burn off as a good sign about my race tomorrow.  I saw this while playing around yesterday, with running, sprinting and walking.

It is supposed to be 40 degrees and raining tomorrow, I am hoping to find some fire inside to help keep me warm and moving.  

I am looking forward to playing in the rain and mud.   

Question to consider: What song inspires you to move?  I have been making a playlist to listen to tomorrow morning, I am currently obsessed with "Pure Imagination."  "If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it."  I have just been singing that line over and over to myself the last couple of days.  Is it that simple?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Salt

I received this ornament today, and I thought of this quote: "The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea." - Isak Dinesen

I was looking at all the ornaments that Adam and I have collected this year and started wondering when we will put the tree up.  Adam and I buy ornaments when we travel to remember our vacations, and it was a way to build our ornament collection.  

I used to resist decorating our home for Christmas, but now I take a lot of pride in changing things up and embracing all our different traditions and memories.  Last year we attempted 25 days of togetherness, and life got in the way.  I am thinking about doing it again this year, but we will see.

There can be a lot of magic in the air this time of year or a lot of stress.  I am choosing right now to focus on the magic! The magic of stumbling on the perfect gift as opposed to not knowing what to get people on my list.  

Question to consider: When do you usually put up your Christmas tree?  Do you have a rule or just whenever makes sense?


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Superpowers

I was listening to an old podcast from "This American Life," about superpowers and superheroes.  The first segment posed the question "would you rather be invisible or be able to fly?"  I don't know if this has to do with being a science nerd but I have found myself answering the question about which superpower do you want for a while now.  Since I can remember I have wanted to be invisible. I have always liked the idea of being able to hide.  

The segment provided an interesting theory about the different personality types of who wants to be able to fly and who wants to be invisible.  The individuals who wanted to be invisible were secretive people who had something to hide, and the individuals who wanted to be able to fly are willing to let it all hang out.    I found myself thinking about that theory a lot during my walk with Sterling.  I don't know if I would describe myself as secretive, just private. 

Would you rather fly or be able to be invisible?  Do you believe that answer provides someone with enough information to understand your personality?  In this day and age of  prospective employers giving personality tests; would you answer the question honestly?

The podcast inspired me to think about this question a little bit differently, but more importantly to consider embracing flying a little bit more in my daily life.  Everyday we have moments, events that give us the option to chose being invisible or being able to fly.  To I will challenge myself today to fly, and not hide.  So I will wear some high heals, get out and try something new.  

 Question to consider:  Do you want to fly or be invisible?  Is your choice based on your default setting?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Number 13 (10,11)

So on Friday night Adam and I went out with friends to Canopy.  The food there was very fresh and beautifully presented.  
 On Sunday morning we went to the Texas Renaissance Festival and before we left town we stopped to grab "the best breakfast tacos in the world."  Unfortunately I didn't get the name of the place or take a picture, so I am including a picture from the festival!   I will find out the name and edit this post one day.  

We had a very long exhausting day in the Texas heat, hence I forgot to post a picture of Sterling.  

Friday, November 15, 2013

Results versus Potential

So I have been thinking a lot about focusing on results versus visualizing potential.  I have been  very focused on results in my life, I want things to work out a certain way.  When that doesn't happen I usually get upset in some way.  So when my teacher tells me that the results are none of my business, I get very confused.  Life can be about falling in love with the action; it can be about allowing things to happen. 

If there is something that I want, like being able to do a handstand in the center of the room.  A different appraoch (from the usual results driven) is to see the potential, and then fall in love with the action of preparing to do a handstand.  In the end I can either do the handstand or not, depending on effective my action was.  But I can't force results, I can only let the universe reveal them.  

I am slowly starting to uncover what it means to me to see the potential versus focusing on the results, which probably makes this a confusing post.  

Question to consider: What potential do you see in yourself?  Are you willing to test it?  

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Two months ago

In 10 days I am running my first 5K, it also happens to be a mud run and obstacle course.  I am pretty stressed about this race, life happens and I didn't make the progress in my training that I wanted to.  I still haven't run 3 miles straight yet.  The photos I have seen from the race site on Facebook make me nervous, and I wonder what in the world I signed up for.

Yesterday during my run in the cold windy weather I decided something.  I may not be in the shape I wanted to be in, but I am in much better shape than I was when I signed up for the race.  I am stuck at 2 miles, but I am still running 2 miles!

I want to finish this race with no injuries and I just want to have fun.  

Question to consider: What can you do today that your couldn't do 2 months ago?  What do you want to be able to do two months from now?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Number 13 (9)

Adam and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner that consisted of six course each with their own wine pairing.
It was a very enjoyable night at Masraff's.   Adam and I each preferred different dishes, his favorite was the duck followed closely by the sashimi scallops while I loved the swordfish.   It was a very different evening.

Question to consider:  Have you ever done a Chef's tasting at a restaurant before?   Is it intimidating to just trust the Chef?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran's Day

I found myself thinking about my grandfather a lot today.  I always called him on Veteran's day, it was a special phone call.  I only talked to him and we only talked about him.  Sometimes it was a short call and sometimes a long call, but for me it was a special time for us.

This morning when I checked Facebook and saw all the posts thanking veterans I almost did the same thing.  But instead I reached out to all my friends (that I could) personally and thanked them.  

The flags flying in the air made me smile today, and I thought of conversations with my grandfather and how grateful I am that I had so much time with him.

Question to consider: What did you do today to thank the people around you?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Patience

My teacher shared this quote on Facebook this morning and I have been thinking about it all day.  It really helps to explain how I have been feeling the last few days.  I am running through my days without accomplishing much because I am so worried about taking the wrong action or I am just taking any action without thinking about the repercussions.  

"Many times in my life, fate has dealt me a blow so devastating that I could not think straight. Or rather, it’s more accurate to say I ran crazily through panicked days and sleepless nights without accomplishing much. When confronted by failure, illness, worry over loved ones, lack of money, and death, there were no easy answers, no matter how much my mind raced.

Eventually, I always found resol
ution. But in the midst of each crisis, I was too immature to be patient. When I saw that the road ahead was going to be bleak for weeks, months, even years, I didn’t want to face it. My desire for quick solutions only added to my tensions. Maybe the majority of my stress was even self-inflicted.

I really don’t want to tell you how many times I did this. But I can tell you that if you truly accept it when you have a long haul ahead, and if you vow that you’re going to make it, you’ll do a lot better. Then, instead of trying for quick fixes and slapdash solutions, you’ll lay the groundwork for true change.
" -
Deng Ming-Dao


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Zoe

She has cuddled her way into our hearts, I am a little sad that her owners called to claim her.  But I know she will be happy to be reunited.  She is a sweet pup!

Question to consider: Are you a dog or cat person?  I love animals, but dogs are special.  Adam and I are always willing to open up our home to dogs in need.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Number 4

Monday my family, Adam and I took a trip to Santa Fe National Cemetery for my grandmother's interment.  When I wrote my list this wasn't exactly what I had in mind when I said I wanted to visit this cemetery again.  Sometimes things don't work out how we expect or even hope, and somehow we still get there. 

While I sit and wonder what lessons I am learning this year; the challenges keep coming.  I am hoping for a very peaceful and joyful holiday season. 

Question to consider:  What are your hopes and dreams for this upcoming holiday season? 


Monday, November 4, 2013

Scenes from New Mexico

Please excuse the mess, we were in the middle of packing when Tiger jumped in Adam's lap. 

Just a few scenes from the weekend!



Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sterling Sunday

This week I went for a long run, it was a little too much for Sterling and I thought I may have to carry him.  So I finished my run in the tennis courts, he never stopped chasing me.  He occasionally would cut across the entire court but he never stopped moving!  Such a champ.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Old photos

I found some old photos of me that I had put in a dictionary at some point.  My only thought process is maybe I was trying to straighten them out?

Funny what you find in your childhood home when you are looking for a substitute yoga block.

Question to consider:  what is the last thing you "found" in an unexpected place?