My Mind’s EyePosted: January 7, 2013 Filed under: Random Workout | Tags: blogging, crossfit, exercise, fitness, gluten free, happiness, health, hipster, hope, intensity, kettlebell, life, love, lululemon, marathon, motivation, natural, paleo, passion, pilates, running, trail running, walking, whole foods, WOD, yoga 18 Comments
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened-
How much of your everyday experience is influenced by the expectations you place on the people and “things” around you? A rough percentage would do just fine, we’re not that picky. Also, how often do you notice when you’re projecting yourself in this way? How often are you aware of your thoughts, emotions … Your mental commentary? The commentary that dictates your experience of being here “now“?
As we carry on through our Monday morning together, feel free take to a moment and notice how you compare what you see, hear, feel, taste and smell to the very “things” you’ve sensed previously. Oh, this is a good example: Groggy and clouded you manage to stumble into your local coffee-house. Do you notice the long queue first or the aroma of freshly ground, fair trade and organic Elephant Dung Coffee? Pay attention and take notice as to how your current decisions of like and dislike, love and hate, relate to intangible ideas from a similar experience at another time. Does your coffee taste better today due to there being no line? A pleasant exchange with a stranger …
Our thoughts and expectations impact the present moment and our everyday experiences in profound ways. So, are some things inherently better than others, or do we change what we see with our mind? We know, this “presence” stuff takes a lot of hard work on your part, so why not try being present with one sense each day this week? Gently ease into this stuff.
A mindful, peaceful and refreshing Warm Up consisting of the following:
Crocodile breathing, Sun Salutation and some tumbling/rolling about.
That’s it for today.
Be well today.
Beautiful photo, love a few good trees 🙂 be well and have a super day!
You do the same, take care:)
Great message! Expectations have a way of biting us in the butt every time!
They sure do, that’s for sure. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop over and have a visit. Please take care and be well. 🙂
Well said. I definitely think most things are better because of environmental factors. Also, we have so much more control about our thoughts and actions than we realize. I like the idea of thinking in the present to find more content. Have a great Monday 🙂
I’m glad you liked the post today, you will be reading more about this “stuff” around here. 🙂 A lot of what I share is my own little journey at finding peace, balance and harmony. Being present is paramount to understanding what really moves us, deep inside. Writing about it can be boring and tedious at times … Now if we had a bottle of wine and some good friends around? It makes for a lively discussion to say the least. 🙂
I definitely need to stop worrying and just be happy. I wish it was as easy as saying it. 🙂
What I am about to type is going to read as cheesy, and well cheesy … You are a wonderful, happy person/peep. Take care today and please be well!
Thank you! It was just the right amount of cheesy. 🙂
I have worked hard to not apply my expectations on anyone other than myself because I have acknowledged they are set high. What that means is I have placed on myself, on numerous occasions, an inordinate amount of self-imposed high expectations. I’m taking your message personally…because that’s who needs to hear it. Thanks for the wise words. 🙂
This post hits home in a few different ways – bringing up things I’ve learned but not mastered yet…expectations bring disappointment because we “expect” certain things that may or may not happen. Your post also made me think of something my wise Taekwondo teacher used to say, “Don’t judge another man (or woman) using your own yardstick.” So expectations can really cloud our view of the world.
Thinking, awareness, being conscious of our thoughts and actions are all “things” I struggle with and practice daily. In essence, most of the posts here are about jabbing you in the ribs (gently), making you a bit uncomfortable and aware … 😉
Great post. I’ve become more aware of mental commentary recently. Presence with one sense each day? I’ll try it.
A really good way to practice this is to take your shoes off as much as possible: Gym, work etc. It seems rather simple and silly but give it a go and let me know how it works out … 😉
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Oh yes, the yoga. 🙂 I couldn’t move Sunday after yoga on Saturday. I am going back to kick yoga’s ass next time! 🙂 Thanks for the great message today, but today I had to run to keep my mileage going in a positive direction! LOVE the blog. I like the new format, too!
The “trick” is to surrender, not to yoga. Rather to yourself. Otherwise you’ll be kicking your own ass during class and that’s not fun. 🙂 I’m glad you like the new look around these parts, much appreciated and coming from you it means a lot.
Ha ha ha! Good point. 🙂 I will remember that!
Coming from me it means a lot? I’m just a schmoe out there who peeks in for motivation–that you always provide!