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As some of you know, I started working out at a gym in January. For nearly four months (and with the exception of a few setbacks), I've diligently gone to the gym every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
I’m proud of myself. I really am.
Yet, last week I wasn't really feeling it. My heart wasn't in it. My mind was elsewhere.
I was so “not feeling it” that one of my new gym buddies noticed and asked what was up.
For some reason, this holiday season hasn’t been the best for my family. Frankly, we can’t seem to get our sh*t together.
Who’s going where?
Who’s cooking what?
Did we finally decide what to get Mom?
ARE YOU SERIOUSLY GOING TO A FOOTBALL BOWL GAME THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS EVE?!
Of course, deep down we know none of this really matters. The holidays are all about being together—not food or presents or even where we end up with one another.
Still, every now and then I feel like Ralphie getting his faced kicked in by Santa.
Wait, what? How to stop feeling guilty over others' accomplishments?
Aren't we more commonly jealous, envious, or resentful over other people's success?
Maybe. However, when we see others succeeding while we're NOT succeeding, we feel a little guilty, too -- especially if we feel there's something we can do about it. After all, if that person makes the time, energy, and determination to accomplish their goals, well...why aren't we?
Well, there is something we can do about it, but we have to get rid of the guilt, first.
Today marks the one-year anniversary of my father’s death, and I’m completely at peace with it.
Over the years I’ve heard so many people talk about how a part of them died when they lost a loved one. Hearing this makes me sad. A part of me did not die when I lost my father; if anything, a part of me came bursting to life. Everything he’d ever instilled in me came to a head and, at that point, it was up to me to use it or lose it.
I chose to use it.
I did not die with my dad, and frankly, he would have been pissed if I had.
I finally got a new tattoo last week.
I say "finally" because I've been planning this thing (or, at least, planning to get this thing) for a couple of years.
However, I shouldn't say "got a new tattoo" because it’s actually a cover up.
What’s it covering?
The same thing: a set of sunflowers.
If you've never seen anything like the woman to the left (or, been in her position), chances are you're not familiar with restorative yoga.
Simply put, restorative yoga is a type of relaxing yoga that focuses on passive stretching and relies heavily on yoga props.
Yoga props, you say?
Remember when we talked about yoga pose modifications and how they apply to making life modifications?
Well, yoga props (like the bolsters you see under the lady's knees) are great for making modifications to yoga poses, but they're especially helpful for certain types of yoga, like restorative yoga.
Restorative yoga just loves props.
For some of us, it's hard to get out of bed on these cold, dreary winter days...
...much less get out of the house!
Still, we have to take time to nourish our bodies and minds, weather (pun intended -- I'm here all night!) the sun's shining, the clouds are bursting, or -- in most of the east coast's case lately -- snow is swirling all around us.
Because so many of us are used to nourishing our minds and bodies outdoors (walking our dogs, heading to the yoga studio, meditation walks in the park), taking care of our minds and bodies indoors might seem challenging.
This post is part of Your Body, Your Mind’s “Monthly Meditation” series, designed to provide readers with an idea or thought to meditate on during the month.
Remember when I said not everyone likes December?
Well, not everyone likes January, either. For many of us, it's cold, dreary, and just plain BLAH.
However, for even more of us, January represents new beginnings and, depending on who you are, that's either a GOOD or BAD thing.
Some of you might remember Your Body, Your Mind went on hiatus near the beginning of 2013 and remained in radio silence until September.
During that time, we had a chance to flesh out some visions for the blog, and although we've only been live again for a few months, some of those visions seem to have given you some insight--or allowed you to offer us YOUR insight--too!