little things

Weekly Wrap Up 01.10.14

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Weekly Wrap Up

taught 5 yoga classes Ran 8 miles worked 45 hours at Lincoln 7 days of morning pages 5 days of personal yoga practice 7 days of personal meditation practice worked on planning a private event for the studio friday evening got the VW fixed up with a new tire, new battery, and a new went to an inspiring and educational 3 day yoga sutra workshop in Asheville had yummy steak dinner saturday night cooked and enjoyed with Tumbleweed continued reading How Yoga Works all night saturday (possibly the best yoga book ever written) Worked on the mentoring program for Lincoln worked on a presentation I'm doing at Lincoln said goodbye to my parents discovered that my toilet is leaking and in need of repair made a Quiche

Weekend Wish List Buy a new suit pack for Lincoln's national sales conference work on accounting for GCY leave for FL (Lincoln National Sales Conference)

Tuesday Tidbits: Water Colors 06.11.13

Bird
Bird

When was the last time you sat down and did art?  Pretended you were in grade school, high school, or college taking an art class and gave yourself permission to be a little creative?  If you haven't recently I would tell you to give it a try.  It's fun to play with art.  It's fun to give yourself that time even if you don't think "You are an artist".   We are all artist's.

Color Wheel
Color Wheel

This is what I completed over the weekend.  I learned, don't buy cheep water colors, and don't buy cheap water-color paper, it makes a big difference.  I also learned that if you are impatient water-color can be a challenge because you need to let each layer dry before you start the next layer.  Wow that is difficult.

My newest set of cheap art supplies
My newest set of cheap art supplies

A Piece of Poetry: Surya Namaskara A

Surya Namaskara A: By Alisha M. Wielfaert

I'm standing silently on my two feet following my breath. Inhale: I rise up on tippy-toes. My arms lift with my heels. exhale: arms to my sides.

I listen to the breeze before the storm. I can smell the rain coming. The thunder rolls over head.

Exhale: my upper body folds toward the floor. My head hangs down heavy. I am solid even as the storm brews around me. Inhale: my chest lifts, I have a flat back as I extend my spine.

The thunder rolls over head.

Exhale:  I fold forward once again. my hands are planted on the ground. I jump back to plank.

Branches and acorns fall on the roof above my head.  I lower to push up.

inhale: the cool breeze, moving into up-dog. exhale: down-dog breathing in the storm, breathing out the storm.

I look forward and jump. I send my loving heart through.

Pitter-patter. The rain is here.

I exhale and bow into my forward fold, I bow to me.

I inhale arms up over head and back to heart center to stand silently breathing, watching the rain.

Meaningful Monday: Embracing Solitude 6.03.13.

solitude "More than anything else, experiment with solitude.  You will need to make a commitment to quiet time.  Try to acquire the habit of checking in with yourself.  Several times a day, just take a beat, and ask yourself how you are feeling.  Listen to your answer.  Respond kindly.  If you are doing something very hard, promise yourself a break and a treat afterward.  Yes, I am asking you to baby yourself.  We believe that to be artist we must be tough, cynical, and intellectually chilly.  Leave that to the critics.  As a creative being, you will be more productive when coaxed then when bullied."  -Julia Cameron "The Artist's Way

enjoying the porch, it's all about embracing the little things

I've been spending a lot of time in solitude lately, at least a lot more than I've been used to.  That's part of what happens when you experience a break up.  You have two choices, you can wallow in self-pity, or you can embrace the time and begin to grow.  For me it's not a choice, for me I always want to learn and grow.  I'm embracing the solitude.  For the most part I'm enjoying it, but enjoy it or not  isn't really the point.  The point is to get to know myself better, to go deeper into my yoga practice, my meditation practice and draw out my inner artist, she's down there somewhere I know and I'll bring her out.

pampering myself with little delights

Solitude is an important part of life, and a lot can be done when we embrace solitude even if we don't think we'll always particularly enjoy it.   Even if you are in a relationship, you can enjoy solitude and get to know yourself better.   How do you currently try to distract yourself so that you don't embrace solitude?  Do you watch too much TV, do you over schedule yourself so that you don't have to be alone?  Try spending an hour or a day with just yourself listening to the thoughts that come up in the mind, listening to yourself.  I think you'll be amazed at what you find.

xoxoxoxo, -lish

Meaningful Monday: May 27th

Quote from "The Artists way" I'm on week two of the artist's way.  So far in the first week I've completed all of my tasks, morning pages, and artist's date as well as a few other tasks that were prescribed.  I'm looking forward to this week's artist way adventures.  Last night as I read the next chapter I was struck by the quote above.  In case you can't read it from the picture, it says

"My grandmother knew what a painful life had taught her: success or failure, the truth of life really has little to do with its quality.  The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight.  The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention."

What are you paying attention to?  What in your life needs a little more attention?

Here is something I found delight in over the weekend...

max hanging out with me