The : Hop :Posted: July 9, 2014 Filed under: Meditation, Yoga | Tags: blogging, compassion, cycling, fitness, GONG Ride, gratitude, Gravel Rding, health, kindness, life, love, meditation, motivation, musings, nature, nebraska, Omaha, passion, perspective, Power Yoga, Questions, Summer, yoga 11 Comments
I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living-
As I strive to live each day, focused on changing myself and the world we live in for the better, I started to notice I ask more questions than actually getting anything meaningful accomplished.
Many moons ago when I first started writing this humble blog-o-thing, I came up with a litmus test before doing “anything” – Ask questions out loud to myself, situations change when I take a moment to write my most vulnerable thoughts and questions down and get a healthy, deep inner dialogue going. Yes! Talk out loud to yourself in public, trust me its OK, and here’s why: Asking questions matters in our lives. I’m a shining example that a deeper level of questioning can help to transform yourself.
*Listed below, in no particular order are a few questions I kick around, out-loud mind you, during the course of a day*
Can I do one thing today to make a small, noticeable difference?
What am I waiting for?
Am I as open to new possibilities as I think I am?
What can I do differently today, to begin making the changes I want to make in my life?
What do I want to spend the rest of the day doing?
How do I create more harmony and bliss in my life?
What do I look forward to doing every day?
What’s the tiniest change I can make that will create the largest difference in my life, change that might create a ripple effect touching those around me?
What am I creating that will outlive me?
Is it time to start something new? Like right now?
When I’m not asking myself questions, I become stuck in the same old habits, the same old tired and worn out routines. Sometimes Dear Reader – All it takes is asking a question out loud before entering your 10am yoga class. A piece of paper from a kitchen drawer to scribble a note, a blank screen on your gadget to see your amazing reflection … The simple act of speaking (or writing) a question, makes it tangible, dense and real.
Last June after dealing with another string of self-inflicted injuries from racing and competing beyond what my body could take. A friend offered up a ride to take my mind off things … This upcoming Saturday evening is the annual GONG Ride here in our fair city – Omaha, Nebraska! Hands down the best social ride in Omaha all year – Please join us and keep in mind, the first round of drinks is on me!
I love your idea of speaking questions aloud….I’ve been used to writing them in my journal. Speaking the words aloud sounds a bit scary, but I think it would help set my intention with the universe rather than hiding it on a page in my house….I’ll give it a try!
Let me know how it works out for you. 🙂
I question everything! For my sanity and for my well-being. Sadly, because of my inquisitive urge, I’ve come across as arrogant, sarcastic and snarky. What gives!? People are so defensive that it’s quite frustrating! Your post has encouraged me once again 🙂
By the way, my entire clan and I, we all have bikes and ride them every evening after dinner, so fun and thrilling! Have a glorious time this Saturday and take in the hidden beauty of creation 🙂
As an avid cyclist its refreshing to hear that you and your clan love spinning along, taking in and enjoying this beautiful world we call home! The ride this Saturday is my fave, with a brilliant full moon guiding us along, the fire flies dancing in the corn (Nebraska enough for you) … Here are a few pics from last year: https://cultfit.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/wide-eyes/
Ride safe and be well my friend. 🙂
Love that quote. I, too, choose to live deeply. And, as a kid, I used to “play” mermaid and hung out at the bottom of pools 🙂
You took me back to my childhood, swimming, carefree without a worry in the world – Thank you 🙂
You are welcome. I was a water baby, even after almost drowning as a 2 year old. Growing up in So. AZ, I spent much of my time swimming, diving and playing in pools and swimming in the ocean on vacation. I took my raft out beyond the waves and hung out for hours and hours.
Great questions. Some of them make me a little uncomfortable. Those must be the ones I most need to ask 🙂
The tough ones are always tricky to get out, although in the end … They are the most rewarding!
I would like to take a moment to thank you for your posts of late, they are simply breathtaking in their simplicity and beauti – Truly amazing!
I’ve missed having time to come over here and read your blog. Too many trips, too many distractions. I am just now starting to feel confident on gravel, perhaps next year I will have to join you on the GONG ride! 🙂
Your questions are most excellent. Staying present, keeping focused, saying out loud what it is that I want to do the rest of the day, week, year, and goals for my life would be good for me.
One of your questions made my heart skip a beat.
“What do I look forward to doing every day?”
I have never considered this question. I would love to get into a deep conversation about this some day with my hubby, my dearest friends, and you too. Fascinating question that really left me completely dumbfounded.
… Thank you so much for your kind thoughts! Will you guys be around over the next month? I will be traveling down to your neck of the woods quite a bit for some area rides – I’ll email you the details – Be well this weekend and please take care!