F(low)Posted: October 14, 2013 Filed under: Random Workout | Tags: blogging, compassion, cycling, Environmentally friendly, exercise, food, freshly pressed, happiness, health, kindness, life, love, lululemon, mind, Mindfulness, natural, nature, Omaha, Recreation, running, wine, writing, yoga 10 Comments
Do not ruin today with mourning tomorrow-
I’ve managed to stay relatively injury free this year by self-imposing a balance between unexciting “things” and exciting “things“. At home and away from my play outdoors I limit my larder to unexciting events – cleaning up, emptying the dish washer and mowing the yard.
Lately I’ve realized I need to apply the same approach to all areas of my life. I tend to gravitate towards highly stimulating play, conversation and work the way I gravitate toward fine wine and delectable treats. I spoil myself with action, and going too hard physically. I often fail at times to seek flow, the high-stimulation thrill of doing at exciting speed whatever I feel like. To keep myself from becoming jaded, I need to compensate for my highly stimulated actions by deliberately cultivating my ability to find stillness, awareness and comfort.
My trick? Mindfulness exercise: Sitting in a quiet place as I intently watch my breath. A stimulating thought arises in my mind from a recent conversation with a close friend. I gently say “This is just a thought – A wish” . Mindfulness practice keeps my body and mind focused. How do you find balance between unexciting and exciting – I’m curious?!?
One last note, Love helps as well …
One word: Yoga.
I’m all in with yoga as well 🙂 My apologies for the late reply. Take care today and please be well!
I agree, Yoga has been the only space in which I feel true mindfulness and then maybe trail running. I have to been so focused on my breath during Yoga or my foot placement while on the trail that I cannot allow other thoughts to invade that focus. I miss it terribly when I’ve been away from it for too long.
The stillness I feel now walking the same trails I used to be able to run, is what calls me to the outdoors. The same thought applies to stepping on my mat with intention and purpose. Although, I rarely use one now, practicing yoga outside during fall is simply unbeatable. Now if we had some beautiful aspen trees here? Mind Blown! 😉 Take care!
I third it — YOGA!! Although I’ve recently taken some boring yoga class where clearly my mind was not practicing mindfulness. I’m still working on it…
Although we often practice yoga in a class setting, yoga is an intimate personal practice. Might I suggest setting intention and then mindfulness will fall right into place for you. 🙂 Thank you so very much for stopping over!
Thank YOU for the tip!
Also with the yoga and running
I can’t argue with these brilliant choices. 🙂
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