Hello everyone! I hope this Friday finds you all ready for a relaxing peaceful weekend 🙂 I know I started mine last night with evening meditation and a bit of yoga.
1/2 marathon training has come to a bit of a halt. I was speaking with a few physical therapists from work and they all agreed that I need to totally lay off the running and high impact cardio and make an appointment with an orthopedic doctor. My usual one does not treat shin splints and I am a bit bummed because I like her style of practice. The up side? I have an appointment with the orthopedic doctor who treats the Cleveland Browns! I am not messing around dudes! I want to get this taken care of properly and with doctors that know really know their stuff! Until then it’s more yoga, stretching, biking and swimming (swimming will start sometime soon.) If for some reason this Grand Teton 1/2 marathon does not work out for me there is always the Towpath 1/2 marathon in the fall but I am totally still striving for the Grand Teton one!
I am trying harder all the time to develop a deeper, more consistent and longer meditation practice. Finding time to meditate can be very hard with working all the hours I do but I decided this year that I am not going to kill myself working. When I do pick up the extra hours they will be during the week and I will try really hard to keep my weekends for myself. I did that this week and although I was slap happy by the time 7:30pm came around on Thursday I was more than ready for some quiet time and a 3 day weekend and I am glad I was able to get the extra hours in during my normal work week. I am very grateful and fortunate to have the schedule that I do and I don’t want to take it for granted and I want to use it wisely.
Meditation….You can meditate anywhere, anytime. I do not attend any fancy meditation sessions. I just find a quiet place, find meditation music on Spotify, sit quietly and focus on a mantra and my breathing. There is a place by me where one can go to meditate and I may check it out just to see if I can develop a deeper practice. Just like yoga, when I go every so often to see what is new and make sure my positioning is aligned correctly. Finding a quiet place is easy for me at home because I do not own a television and I like it that way. I like that my place is a place of peace and quiet. I deal with noise all day long and I like to retreat to a peaceful place. This morning I woke up and instead of jumping into the car to head to the coffee shop I decided to wait. I caught myself already getting wrapped up with the question of what am I going to do with my morning? That’s when I turned off the noise in my head, lit a few candles and sat on my sofa and meditated for 25 minutes. Although my mind will wonder and wander during meditation, I am getting better at it and can bring myself back quicker than before. 🙂
I cannot for the life of me remember where I heard the words this past week so if any of you know who said these words let me know so I may give credit. Someone said that we should take care of ourselves mentally so we are better able to take care of ourselves physically. That makes so much sense to me. I mean the mind and body are one. Our brain controls every part of us. If we lose brain function then we lose bodily function, if our heart wears out then we lose the oxygen rich blood being pumped to the brain. Why wouldn’t we “workout” our minds? Have you ever tried working out and you feel better mentally as well as physically? It goes BOTH ways. This morning I was struggling with what to do with my day and also a friend who is having a tough time communicating right now. Instead of getting wrapped up in things to do and dealing with people, I decided to deal with myself. I recognized the jumbled mess of thoughts in my brain and realized that I needed to take time out to deal with that before I deal with anything else. The end result? I let go of the worry that I had about the friend. I was able to bring myself to a place where I remembered that we all deal with things differently and that when that person is ready to talk, in their own time, they will reach out. I cannot control the other person, nor do I want to. I respect them and their process. I can only focus on my day and let them go about theirs. And as far as what to do with my day? I am here at my favorite coffee shop Erie Island, writing and I am happy about that. I am not worried about the rest of the day or weekend that lies ahead.
I will catch up again soon. Have a beautiful and peaceful day!
Also, congrats to Tom who won the coffee give away!
“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow