Mornings

Weekly Wrap Up 01.23.14

 

Picture by the talented Lindley Battle P.S. she does weddings!

Working on the desires

Seated twist

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running on a cold winter day

New Toilet

Weekly wrap Up Worked 27 hours at Lincoln Taught 5 yoga classes 7 days of personal meditation practice 2 days of personal yoga practice 6 days of morning pages  Ran 16 miles worked on studio marketing Made enchiladas with Tumbleweed on saturday evening fun photo shoot with Lululemon saturday bought and had a toilette installed had a lovely brunch with friends had a fantastic massage had an ice-cream cone at ben and jerry's gave two work presentations penned 5 yoga poses for beginners penned The sound of Joy Is worked on writing prompts from The Desire Map by Daielle Laport finished the book How Yoga Works started reading the Love letters between Carl Sandburg and his wife fun wine and cheese evening with leadership GSO friends at Scuppernogs attended a City Council meeting went to Natty's with Leadership GSO friends Weekend Wish Long Run have dinner with tumbleweed spend time with tumbleweed teach yoga at GCY ride my bike take a nap

Getting Colder

The hardest part about getting up ungodly early in the morning during the week is that you wake up ungodly early on the weekend whether you like it or not.  You begin to hard wire your body for mornings.  That was the case this morning when I was wide awake at 4:45am on a Saturday, well before I actually needed to be moving around. What did this starving early bird do?

Yuppers! I went there.
Yuppers! I went there.

I ate this beast of a meal knowing that it was bitter cold outside (for May anyway), I had a big bike ride in my future  and there would be strong head winds.

Yes I ate it all.  Don't judge me.
Yes I ate it all. Don't judge me.

It was cold outside, and none of my friends were bailing on the "MS Gears and Cheers ride" I figured I couldn't either.  So we bundled up and headed to the grove winery in Gibbsonville.

This is before the hooded sweater shirt was determined to be a necessity.
This is before the hooded sweater shirt was determined to be a necessity.
Yes I wore the hooded sweat shirt the entire 22 miles, no this was not my first ride.
Yes I wore the hooded sweat shirt the entire 22 miles, no this was not my first ride.

This ride is a fund-raiser for MS research.  Great cause.  The ride was fantastic despite the cold, cloudy weather, threat of rain, and winds.  This ride actually had to be one of the most well-marked and supported courses I've ever ridden.

Not to mention when we got done there was this....

Wine glass with wine and LUNCH!
Wine glass with wine and LUNCH!

It seemed that the longer we were on the bike the colder it got, not sure if that was actually the case, but despite the weather it was a Seriously fantastic ride.  I was impressed.  How come there isn't more wine at the end of long rides?

Morning Runner

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It's saturday, a normal person would be sleeping in, instead I lay awake in my bed at 5:30 am wishing I could will my body back to sleep.   "This isn't natural I think to myself" as I proceed to lay in bed for the next hour and a half wishing that I could just sleep a bit more, after all I still feel tired.  Did I mention saturday is my only day off a week?  It seems too early to get out of bed, but I'm not sure what else I'm going to do since I'm wide awake.

I grumpily let the dog out, feed him, give him scratches and change into my running clothes.   I bundle up and put on too many layers as usual, after all who wants to be cold?  I slip out the front door hoping that I haven't woken up my roommates.  The air is brisk, still doesn't feel like spring even though it's supposed to creep up into the 60's today with actual sunshine.  The neighborhood seems still, I must be the only nerd wide awake this early on a saturday with no specific plans.  I hear the birds and the crickets, I don't hear cars or noises of other people, it's nice.  I stop and try to savor the moment of just being alone.  I take a breath of fresh cold morning air and I begin jogging.

I have a 4 mile route from my house I like to trot along, and today I fall into my own rhythm easily.  Running is feeling better and better theses days, I have a hard time understanding people's aversion to it.  Maybe it just feels good because of all the yoga I do, maybe it feels good because I don't actually push myself to get faster, I just want to run... who knows, for whatever reason it satisfies something deep inside.   The sun is starting to come up a little higher, I'm getting warmer and take off the little gloves and hat I knew I wouldn't actually need.

Spring Garden is one of the streets I run on, I wouldn't exactly call this part of it pretty.  As much as I love Greensboro, I wouldn't put most parts Spring Garden on any visitor center brochures, but at least it has a bike lane.  I'm sure I could find a nicer street to run on, but it would be harder to come up with an even 4 miles.  I doge a few rouge trash cans, run past a man smoking a cigaret, run past the "classy" Adam and Eve store.  I'm thankful it's still early and I'm alone.  I focus on my breath and the feeling of my feet touching the ground.  I relish the fact that no one needs anything from me in this moment.

When I finally turn onto the street that is my last half mile or so until home the sun is really up now and I'm pointing east.  Ah, the sun, it feels so good, I'm sweating, that was the goal.  I feel good, grounded, alive.  I run past the newest farmers market opening today that I'll be meeting my friends at shortly, I head home happy to have those 4 miles in the books before it's even 8am.

I grab a cup of coffee, give the dog more scratches, shower and meditate before walking to the farmers market/brunch with my friends.  Now what to do with the rest of the day?  Maybe a nap...

It's the little things

Picture Courtesy of Pintrest
Picture Courtesy of Pintrest

"It's the little things" how cliche right?  But OH so true!  Teaching my 5:45am class is not only one of the hardest things I do because it's really difficult to get up between 4-4:30am, but it also happens to be one of my favorite things in the world.  Why?  Because the stillness of the morning is beautiful beyond words.

The stillness of the morning is not tangible, I can't hold it, touch it, or buy it, the only thing I can do is be present for it.  If I wake up that is.

This is why I teach a 5:45am yoga class.  It's not because it's profitable, it's not because lots of people want to come to a 5:45am class, it's because for me that's where the magic happens.  Getting up and getting out of bed for myself in the wee hours of daytime is difficult.  It's difficult and if I'm trying to wake up just for myself, I'll normally flake, but if I'm meeting someone or teaching a class I'll be there.  This is a mind trick I use to get out of bed in the early mornings.  I make myself teach a class, I make myself set an appointment to meet a friend to run or walk for an hour.  This way I know I'll build in time to experience the stillness.

Picture Courtesy of Pintrest
Picture Courtesy of Pintrest

Have you ever noticed if you wake up early to go run before work when it's still dark outside, even if you are working hard, running hard, riding hard, doing hard yoga, you find everything around you in stillness?  It's like magic.  I want the magic of the morning in my life.

What do you do when the bed is warm and inviting to leave it in the wee hours?  What are the little things in your life that you can't necessarily hold, or touch, or buy that bring you utter joy and peace of mind?

Picture Courtesy of Pintrest
Picture Courtesy of Pintrest

For me there are lots of lovely little things that make this journey of life worth it, and I'm trying to keep my focus there.  Life is currently upside down and tumultuous.  Despite that fact I know that if I focus on the little things that ARE truly wonderful, then I can know in my heart center that even in the middle of unpleasant moments there is a light.

Here are a few of my favorite little things 1) The stillness of the morning. 2) Jeans day 3) Four day weekends that start in 8 hours, but who's counting down? ... 4) Teaching Power flow class 5) A warm black cup of coffee 6) My big smelly dog waging his tail looking up at me with his big brown hopeful eyes 7) The Promise of spring and warm weather 8) Road trips 9) A long hot shower 10) Naps

What are your top 10 things that bring you joy? xoxoxox