While hiking in the Coconino forest in Arizona, I ran into this stump displaying reminders of transition;
From something alive to now dead
From something that had a purpose to something that has lost its purpose.
From something that was once in one piece to something that now is broken.
From something that had perfect form to something where the form is now bent.
From something that was once clean, and shiny to something now dirty, and dingy.
What do we do when things are in transition; when we have a job that no longer brings us satisfaction, when our health starts to wane or when a relationship is on the rocks? How often do we try and hang on to the old form and think we can get by. The reality we currently live in will never look like it’s previous form. It’s like shoving a square peg into a round hole. We must let go of what was and except what is and find the vibrance in our current reality. Transition from the familiar to the unfamiliar requires taking one step; make a call, gather information, schedule an appointment or have a conversation.
To live our passion we must be willing to step into the transition. A transition from living to exist to existing to live. It means giving up the familiar and moving into the unfamiliar. It means being open to possibilities instead of being paralyzed by fear of the unknown.
Let change be the catalyst to living your passion not the fear that kept you from it.
There are four parts to a yoga pose. Getting into, aligning, holding and coming out of the pose.
I use to think I was “all that, and a bag of chips,” when I thought I mastered the pose. Until one day, the instructor tried to adjust my alignment, and I lost my balance.
I was comfortable with holding the posture as is. Introducing proper alignment felt like starting all over again.
How many times have you felt like you mastered something, only to find out you have returned to the baby Bhudda stage of enlightenment?
Alignment gave me new insight. I gained energy because my muscles were being used more efficiently, and I prevented possible injury.
What doesn’t challenge you, won’t change you.
When you bring attention to anything, your awareness and sensitivity heightens.
I am more alert to when I am holding my breath or when I have diverted my attention away from my practice. I notice when I am just hanging out in the pose or actively engaged.
I am not just showing up to class any more because I NEED some exercise. I WANT to be there because I am more alert and more actively involved. I enjoy being present to the process.
I cannot help but smile. A change is taking place and I am not sleeping through it.
You must take inventory of where you are, to know where you want to be.
If you wish to join me, where are you?
As we age, its more important than ever before to get up and move the body.
If your work keeps your tushy in a chair, like mine, you will notice how achy, stiff and sore your body gets when you don’t incorporate movement in your daily routine.
The areas that are currently grabbing my attention are my shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.
Since our body works synergistically from head to toe, all movement will reap benefits, except the ones that cause you pain. Be mindful and don’t go where your body is not ready to go.
I am focusing on just a few postures for the purpose of monitoring change. I have chosen some basic yoga poses, demonstrating that change doesn’t have to be complicated or extravagant. I am including one advance pose just to see if I can master it.
Half moon pose ( left side view)
Shalabhasana, Locust Pose
Standing Forwars Bend
Half moon Pose (front view right)
Half moon pose (right side view)
Half moon Pose (front view left)
Standing Seperate Leg Stretching Pose
Flying Pidgeon Pose
Standing Forward Bend
You can read my post on Dec. 31st. (A New Resolution) explaining my challenge.
Fear is our mind’s perception of what appears to be real. You might have heard the acronym F.E.A.R.. False Evidence Appearing Real.
What if you could change your perception of fear so it carried no validity? R.A.E.F.; Rise And Everything Falls.
The story you write can be rewritten.
Life can change so suddenly.
Yes, change is inevitable and yet, at times, I wonder why I find myself not dancing to its melody.
Change is not always the smell of rain and roses. Well at least not in the beginning. But on the other side of the perceived storm of “change” lies a rainbow. My granddaughter Faith taught me that.
Since her passing, life has turned a new page in the book called “My Awareness.”
Faith wrapped her arms around all of life with a huge heart and a smile. I am breaking the rules. I am copy writing her epigraph, and I give you permission to plagiarize.
Say yes to life and all its gifts.
Before I moved to Indonesia I asked to grow emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I KNEW, beyond a shadow of a doubt, living in Indonesia would change my life forever. I also know that we don’t always get to choose how growth presents itself. Although the gift of growth my granddaughter shared showed up nicely wrapped with a bow, a smile and a hug. Her gifts of courage, compassion, strength and love, even after her death, keeps on giving. This blog is a tribute to my granddaughter’s gifts. Thank you, Faith. I love you the whole sky.