Yoga/Journaling – Sphinx Pose

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Good morning! Today was a continuation of yoga working on our core.

I truly resonated with the Sphinx Pose today during my practice. I always loved this pose and felt very safe here today.

Even more so, throughout my practice this morning, I realized that my breathe is more in place with the poses (my ultimate goal during my home yoga practice). And I’m clenching less down on my jaw, another habit that I have to consciously correct to avoid headaches after my practice. The teeth clenching I also relate heavily to stress/anxiety. Keeping this promise, sticking with the challenge, is proving to be an awesome benefit to my morning routine. My days are changing beginning early and it continues throughout my day. If you haven’t started the challenge yet, feel free to join me at anytime 🙂 My prior posts have the link for the challenge ❤

Today's quote for inspiration:

"Everything is possible to him who wills only what is true! Rest in Nature, study, know, then dare; dare to will, dare to act and be silent!"
Éliphas Lévi

Yoga/Journaling – Challenges

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Good morning! My yoga practice this morning focused on strengthening abs. Although that was challenging by itself, my real challenge came because of my physical practice space. No yoga mat, tiny (really tiny) space on hard floor. In these moments, I have found it very easy to push off my practice until the next day when the conditions are more convenient for me.

Today, because of the promise I made to myself, I pushed through the challenges, on the hard floor, bending my knees when I had to, and finished my practice feeling more grateful than usual. I kept the promise to myself.

Here’s today’s quote for your journal inspiration:

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.” -Paulo Coelho

Just as a reminder, I am following along with Erin Motz 30 day yoga challenge :).
http://www.doyouyoga.com/challenge/

Daily Journal Inspiration – “Yeah Dave” on Time Distortion

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Today’s words come from Dave Romanelli, better know as “Yeah Dave” in the yoga world ❤  These words are taken from his book, Yeah Dave’s Guide to Livin’ the Moment: Getting to Ecstasy Through Wine, Chocolate and Your iPod Playlist.  His book will make you burst out laughing and at the same time give you awesome insight on living your life in the moment…highly recommended read! 

“Take a moment to imagine a day without a clock.  It might sound refreshing but most of us (especially me) would flinch and twitch on countless occasions seeking the reassurance of a schedule.  If only we could get past this grasping for the familiar.  When we lose track of time, we loosen our grip on life.  And in loosing, the mind opens, creating new space for fresh ideas…time distortion most often happens doing what we love in life.  The challenge is cultivating a willingness to move beyond routine, a curiosity for mystery, and an appetite for insight and revelation.”  

Every weekend, my fiancé and I, along with our two dogs (our children) go hiking in the woods…we pick different reservations/parks in our area to explore.  It’s a complete and total disconnect, a time distortion for us, from time, work, t.v., internet and stresses of daily life for us to talk and appreciate our family.  Sometimes there is no talking and the silence between us is also very peaceful as we listen and admire the nature around us.  We smile, laugh and on occasions get into deep conversations about our lives, the world and our future.  For us, these hikes give our family a weekly connection that we truly look forward to. 

Today, as you sit down to write in your journal, think about a time where you lost track of time doing something you love.  Write about how you felt, where you were, who you were with and how you can take steps to make it a more frequent activity in your life ❤

Daily Journal Inspiration – Yoda on a Child’s Mind

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“Truly wonderful the mind of a child is” – Yoda, Star Wars Episode II

Today’s words come from Yoda (you heard right ha!), from Star Wars Episode II.  I’d like share a short story with all of you about a small moment I had yesterday at work.  I had a boy in my office (about the age of 6 or 7) who had the most interesting things to say.  This was the first I had ever met him.  Specifically, he picked up this small turtle statue I had on my desk (given to me by a very dear friend as present for my birthday a few years back) and began examining it’s details..the colors, the size, the shape, etc.  The description lasted about a solid 4 minutes or so…I was amazed about the detail he pulled out of this little statue.  I’ve always admired it since I received it but never took the time to actually examine it like this child did.  He went on further to say that it should be placed so everyone can see it, not on my desk hidden.  (He added “That’s just my opinion, you can put it where you want to, but I think it should be placed where everyone can see”) ha!.  This little boy had a lot say and I’m glad I met him…his mind was truly wonderful. 

Today, as you write in your journal, try to recall a moment in time when a child has described something that we look at to be simple, with such detail…like he/she has never seen it before.  We should really start to look at the simple things more often through a child’s eyes…the world would surely look a lot more awesome!

Daily Journal Inspiration -Thich Nhat Hanh on Smiling :)

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Today, I’ve picked words from Thich Nhat Hanh to share for our journal prompting.

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile
can be the source of your joy.”- Thich Nhat Hanh

Write about something/someone that made you smile, the source of your joy for the day. The sun shining, your morning tea/coffee, your morning cuddle session with your pup or the smile you gave to your neighbor…whatever it is, write about the source of joy today.