Friday, December 31, 2010

Planet Love

Time for the traditional midnight hug, but lets not forget about giving a little love to the world the rest of the year as well. Cheers and good will to everyone!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Year In Review

I haven't been writing much lately. I think my mind has taken a hiatus to absorb all that transpired this year. I'm in a very different place - quite literally- than when I started back in January. This week a powerful storm blew in leaving a large white blanket of snow and a sense that the peaceful quiet of winter has settled in. Myself, I'm ready to settle in for a long winters rest. It's a good metaphor for the year. With each storm something blew away not needed any longer and left me freed up to live a fuller life. My yoga practice has changed radically, I can't really say where it is at the moment, where it will go, or what direction I'll follow. I'm just going with the restorative flow and allowing what happens to happen. My practice is part home, part studio and quite small. I appreciate my moments on the mat, but I don't feel pressured to squeeze the life out of it. I just let it unfold, even it that means a half hour in savansana, that's where it is right now and that the right place to be. My doctorate, a constant source of stress and exhaustion is a work in progress. Again no conclusions, I need to accept and breath through it and have faith, even though I can't see the forest from the trees at the moment. The biggest conclusion was knowing it was time to move out of an urban area and into our own home. So much work had been done over the course of our time in the condo. The list of people working in there was endless, but I don't think it was in vain. Eventually I'll sell it, in the meantime there is is, a monument to a chapter complete. I'm thankful everyday I had the opportunity, and endlessly thankful I don't live there anymore. Ironically, I struggle less with feeling over obligated although my daily commute has doubled, perhaps I'm just getting better at that one. I was reading Linda's Yoga Journey and she mentioned this was a year of endings but not ones filled with trauma, just things completed. I thought yeah, wow, that's it, and that's actually a really good thing. Thanks for sharing Linda, its just what I needed, perfect.
Wishing everyone good endings and sweet beginnings.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Feeling State

The slow passion
to that deliberate progress

Thom Gunn

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

coffee breath

It's all about staying organized and the coffee of course! This has been an intense little period with big, big payoffs. I just completed a training that I've been involved in for most of the 2010 year. This month we met for our last session and completion felt wonderful. I also looked forward to seeing the people I've gotten used to spending time with from this training. I will miss not seeing them but I don't feel there is a loss here, but a gain. I've met some wonderful people and my profession is so small that we essentially know each other, so you never loose touch with people. I have final exam papers due this week and then I get some time to take long walks with the dogs, develop a home practice, take some yoga classes at the lovely new studio I have discovered and put the coffee down and have some long deep breaths instead.

Wishing everyone good wishes and smooth sailing!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Feeling the rush

The Busy Life
'Live life one day at a time.' L.G.H.
In the midst of a busy life a call yells out,
The beauty of the wild a beacon to a restless heart,
But amidst this busy life there's comfort
In the mind, and a constant thought of doubt
Secures the feet aground, the sound of waves ashore
That mingles with the breeze of dawn,
Tha sun lazily rising from the East, its rays reflects
The beauty a calm morning does bring,
The eyes that's closed can see the imaginings
Of minds that love the peace the wild does bring,
A walk by the shore, the bare feet touches the sand
Reminds the heart the beauty of life in the wilds,
Nature - sea and land - a balance to a restless busy mind
In constant thought of life in need of a balanced busy life.
'From the cubicle of my imaginings'
Jona PoloRamirez

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Spin, Dreydl, Spin

We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone. Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never-so-little scar.
William James