Grasping?

If we grasp too tightly we just might leave a mark and the mark we leave behind may be more than just our fingerprints, it might be our freedom.

Grasping is a form of emotional masochism. The dictionary’s definition of emotional masochism says that I find some strange or subtle pleasure in the act. At the moment, I don’t feel a sense of “pleasure” in the process, well at least none that I recall as I ponder this definition. As I read a little further it says the act may involve a sense of familiarity or self-justification. Bingo! Now, this sounds familiar, ha. In hindsight, there has not been a time where I experienced lasting happiness while grasping at anything, in fact, it was just the opposite. Grasping only led to physical and emotional pain and yet I seem to be drawn to the payoff of this Bingo game of familiarity and or self-justification because I keep playing. Grasping resembles a vampire, it will eventually suck the life out of you.

Do you know how they catch monkey’s in other countries? They dig a hole and fill it with peanuts or a banana. The hole is big enough for a monkey to insert his empty hand but once he grabs the food he is unable to release his hand from the trap because he refuses to let go of his bonanza.

How often do we cling to things thinking it will be the one thing that will make us happy? If we let go of our grip we can enjoy what we have, our freedom to make a wiser decision. 

Today I get to practice not getting myself stuck in the trap of short term happiness. Wish me luck. I am trying not to justify why I feel the need to consume the entire bag of mini dark chocolate bars in the fridge when I already had one.

Day # 1 This is where I am.

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.

You can read my post on Dec. 31st.  (A New Resolution) explaining my challenge.