Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. - Rumi

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My favorite things, right now

Standing bow pose
colorpencil on paper

My favorite things:
things that make me happy.
What are they at this juncture in my life?
What makes me happy?
What are my favorite things?

The people in my life make me happy.  I feel surrounded by nice people.  People who care, people who take a minute to listen to me, comfort me, make me laugh, make me happy.

I have a fondness for travel size containers of beauty products.  It doesn’t matter if it is for the hair, skin or face, I love to try new things without having to commit to a big container.  I will try almost anything lotion, face cream, hair conditioner.  And that is how I decide what I like.  I have a new favorite website, birchbox.com.
It is a candy store for me.

I have said it many times, but I am loving yoga and the contortions I am learning to do with my body.  I have not taken any advil or used topical cream on my knees in months.  I have also eliminated processed foods and sugars.

I am lovin’ country music and duets.  I love duets, especially country ones.  My favorites are Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw, and Carrie Underwood and ken paisley.  i am loving lady antebellum as well.

I always love summer fruits.  The cherries have been outstanding.
I love peaches and the smell of summer fruit.  I even tried to make a cherry crisp, I have to try again, it could be better.

I am loving water. 
Cold, cold, cold water. Refreshing.  My body craves it.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Moving through Life - Observing the Passage of time

Standing Bow - Dancer
colored pencils on paper 2013

It is crazy how quickly it seems days, weeks and months go by.
Life is filled with joy, laughter, things to remember, errands to run, work outs to have, too many things to think about, the good, the frustrating, the in between.  And more,
Life is all that we make of it.
Sometimes it’s more, sometimes less.
It is easy to run around like a chicken with our head cut off.
It is harder to stay meaningful, balanced and mindful.
There was a time in my life where I didn’t pay attention to the details of what was going on around me.
These days I do my best to be observant.

What I know for sure is that my attitude determines the outcome.  I am learning to pace out my negativity and judgemental-ness. And to say words of kindness and thoughts of  non-judgementalness.
Time is flying by, it feels slow one minute, then the next a school year is over, and we are all a year older and a year more experienced in what we are experiencing. That is a kookie sentence, but think about it.  

For the past two months I have been a yogi.  And I love it.
I have done yoga for the past two weeks, everyday, making it work.  I am grateful for every minute I am in the studio working to strengthen my body. I just feel so happy.

My body feels better.  My mind feels better.  I am still searching for the spiritual connection; I feel it as I move through postures.  I have my favorites. I love standing bow.  It was hard in the beginning; I had to lean up against a wall.  Or I needed the safety of the wall to support myself.  Now I can do it without the comfort of being near a wall.  I love breathing.  Breathing is what really makes yoga work for me.  I feel my energy moving through my body.

Time keeps moving.  We keep moving with it, whether we know it or not.  We make a choice of how we are going to move through time and space.  I am practicing gratitude.