Spring and morning rituals

tumblr_mtg41oL7FS1sfzmz7o1_500Down here, in the Southern Hemisphere where I live, Spring has arrived. The sun is rising earlier, and that means every one in my house is waking up earlier – the dog, the kids… I’m still getting up at 6am to meditate and do some yoga but this past week my routine is being disturbed by everyone else’s routines changing to an earlier time slot. So hubby says to me this morning, “I think we’re going to have to get up earlier.” His reason of course, is so we can meditate in silence with just the sound of the birds, no kids or dog needing our attention. Of course I know he’s right, but my instant reaction to him was a very resounding “Uh uh, no way!” But I know I’m fighting a losing battle and that very soon I will be rising with the sun again, just like I did through the winter. It takes a little adjusting, but eventually you get used to it. It’s amazing how beautiful it is when the sun is rising, and because there’s so much time before we all have to leave the house, everyone is ready to go, there’s no shouting or frustration from us with the kids, because as I said, everyone is ready to go on time. So, there’s always more than a few positives to rising early, don’t you just love the silver lining?

love & light xo

From the mat… I’m grateful

35e02ab0863b0e0d266d22a218b14289Today I felt the need to write a little post about how grateful I am to have my yoga practice and the teacher training in my life right now. It is an incredible gift! Yes, sometimes I am amazed with how much information my brain has to take in every Thursday, but by the time the next Thursday comes around I am ready for more!

946f569af4ebb8820ee8b7a831ba2f5dFor a while now I have had a day job that has been extremely difficult to fulfil with an open heart. I work in an environment that on the outside looks like heaven on earth, but the truth is that it is a microcosmos of negativity, micromanagement at its worst, and yes, that ugly word, bullying. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I haven’t ever written in detail about my day job before, but I felt compelled to share this with you now because having yoga and regular daily meditation in my life has kept me strong and given me the tools to manage my feelings with it all as I search for a new job. You might be wondering why I don’t just quit, and in the past I have quit much better jobs, yes.  The downside to the beautiful place where I live is that jobs are difficult to come by, so one doesn’t just quit, no matter how bad, at least, they don’t in my experience.  I’m not writing this because I feel like moaning about my life to you. I write because I simple must sing the praises of life with a daily yoga and meditation practice and how much it means to me. It has saved me from my life’s tough challenges. It is a blessing and I am grateful, grateful, grateful!

My wish is that these words may inspire someone else to take up yoga and change their life for the better.

love & light xo

 

From the Mat… rules are made to be broken, right?

Lately I’ve been asking myself, am I a bad yogi for not meditating every morning?
Right now life is a little hectic and it is all too easy for my meditation to be forgotten in the morning rush.
I give my night time meditation a lot of dedication, practicing different Pranayama exercises before going deep. It makes for a lovely sleep and pleasant dreams. Much of what I have read about meditation involves a few basic rules, from when and how you should be doing it, to making your own dedicated space for the actual doing. Which all sounds very nice, but there simply isn’t space in my house for that, so each night I grab my cushion, my candle and settle onto a floor rug in a quiet corner of the house.
So my theory is, that if I can’t always make it to my morning meditation, then that’s ok, because I don’t want to end up resenting what I’m doing because I’m not sticking to the “rules”.
I’m curious though, how do you fit meditation into your day?

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Image: Gisele Bundchen meditating by her daughter Vivian’s side. I just adore this picture! Image via her Instagram.

Meditation to Distraction

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Back in February I made the decision to dedicate a year and a half of my life to yoga teacher training. Now with just over 6 weeks to go until I begin training I’m feeling very excited and also very trepidatious because my meditation and daily yoga practice is still not up to where I would like it to be. This of course is purely me putting pressure on myself, which of course is not very yogic of me, but there you go.

Lately when I meditate my mind is like a kid in a toy store. Suddenly I’m targeting every single thought that comes to mind, it’s almost impossible to let any thoughts pass me by. I have to pick it up and examine it until I’m so far down the rabbit hole of thought that I’ve forgotten I’m supposed to be meditating! Then there’s the conscious part of my brain – let’s call it the overprotective parent part of my brain which is doing her best to reign in the little kid part of my brain, she’s trying to persuade the ADD part of me to not dwell too much on any one thought for too long, she keeps pulling me back to the meditation. Namaste to that!

And so I remain dedicated to the process because I know in my heart I am better for it every day that I do. I cope better with life, with unexpected drama, with anxiety, focus, pain, memory, perseverance, all these things become easier to handle when I stick with it. I’ve thought about a dedicated meditation space in my house, maybe out on the deck now that the weather is warming up. Apparently this is supposed to help. What do you think?

waking up is really hard

I love this quote from Zooey Deschanel because it is exactly how I feel about mornings. I’m sooooooo tired lately, I can barely focus on anything except going back to sleep until my alarm is screaming “Get up! Get up! Get up!” I found this app that wakes me up with the sound of a gentle gong. It’s pleasant enough, sure. But if I ignore it, eventually the gongs get louder and closer together…

It’s school holidays here and so it’s all play dates and constant eating (the kids – not me), finding things to do that keep us out of the heat of the day but not stuck inside all the time. Late afternoon visits to the beach are where my head is at right now.

love & light xo

 

 

 

Challenge Accepted

meditate for 10 minutes a day

Meditate every day, for just 10 short minutes. Sounds so simple right? To sit yourself down in a quiet place, clear your mind and essentially zone out for just 10 minutes… oh boy how much this little but significant test is bringing me to my knees! Right now the best place I can find to sit quietly undisturbed at home is in my wardrobe!

Meditation is not new to me, but as time is short, especially on days I have to work, I decided that to give myself any chance of success I would begin with a simple 10 minutes a day meditation. I downloaded an App called Headspace. The problem for me is finding 10 uninterrupted minutes when both hubby and I work and we have 2 children, well… if you find yourself avoiding chores, then set yourself a task to meditate every day and watch the chores get done!

I know, I know, if it’s important to me, then I will make the time and that only I can make this happen. I also know that it doesn’t matter how many motivational blogs I read, that it’s purely up to me! This is part of the challenge though, I knew this would be a big test for me, so I am not surprised by my resistance. It’s part of the deal. I have challenged myself to a battle and my will is the defensive and the offensive. Half of me wants to succeed and meditate every day, and half of me wants to stay in bed and press the snooze button again.

So what’s the solution? Well, I think I have one and it’s called “Get yourself a meditation buddy!”

Starting tomorrow, instead of pressing the snooze button, hubby is going to find himself in the lotus position, joining me in a morning meditation! 😉

love & light xx

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