Wednesday, July 15, 2015
This week the theme for the class is "I seek" and is all about senses and recognizing at any given moment what is happening around you- you remember those five senses: hear, taste, smell, touch, see. She add a sixth- know. What do you "know" by those senses- what do they tell you, teach you, help you see. One of the activities is a type of meditation that you think about what you hear, see, taste, smell, see, touch and know. You can do this meditation sitting in quiet/peace or do it as a walking meditation.
I took my walking meditation "6 senses" walk yesterday morning before work. I did not wear any headphones and just tried to be present in my walk. I saw: dew, birds, deer scat, flowers blooming, and bugs. I heard: birds talking, singing and squabbling, dogs barking, my feet landing on the pavement, and bugs. I smelled clean, morning air. I touched my fingers together as I swung my arms, and the fly that kept buzzing around my head in one part of the trail (I touched it because I was swinging my arms around to helicopter this annoying fly away). I didn't really taste anything but my morning dry mouth (brushed teeth plus no hydration- kind of dry), however when I walked by some hollyhocks I imagined if I was a bee the nectar from the flower would taste like "nectar of the gods". What I know from this walk was the fly annoyed the crap out of me and I lost some of my presence when swinging my arms wildly to divert it away from my head. What I also know is that it wasn't that bad walking in the morning and really taking in my surrounding minus listening to my Ipod. It was relaxing. It was energizing.
So the inner excavation continues and I'm eager to continue on.
Along with the inner excavate I'm doing a 7 day consistency challenge. My action steps are walking or some physical activity 20 minutes every day along with having a smoothie for breakfast every morning. So far I'm doing well. I'm kind of coming to terms that walking may need to become my new best friend. I went for follow-up doctor visit this past Monday and everything looks good, but my doctor is really heavily encouraging me not to head back down the running path. He is concerned that I will just end up needing further knee surgery in the future. So he wants me to continue to do PT, find other activities like walking, biking and swimming and hold off on running for 2 more months. I was hoping to hear something different, but I've been reminding myself that 2 months ago I couldn't hardly walk down stairs without discomfort and a horribly odd gait. So onward we go with walking and hopefully more activities to come with no knee swelling.
I leave you with something I read today which is so true- sorry don't know who wrote/said it...
"Just like nutrition, the process isn't sexy, but showing up again and again and again (and again)- regardless of how you have to rig the process to make it happen- is what leads to fitness success over time".
Planning to keep it on my calendar/"to do" list to Show Up tomorrow and the days to come.
Saturday, July 4, 2015
The class is a free 6 week class run by Liz Lamoreux. You do have to buy the book "Inner Excavation: Explore Your Self Through Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media." by Liz. I first heard about Liz via Pinterest then her blog. If you are interested in learning more about her go to www.lizlamoreux.com.
Her intro of this book starts with these lovely words, "I am so glad to find you here reading these words because it means you are in the midst of one of the greatest adventures of your life-looking inward and sifting through the layers to unearth who you are as you walk on your life's path"(7).
Sounds right up my alley. I'm constantly trying to understand me, my purpose and all the other questions that come with those two: how, why, when and where.
Liz doesn't stop there. Her 2nd sentence of the book is the call to action. "The journey of doing this work- the big work-of looking inward to figure out where you are, where you want to go,how you got to this moment,is the focus of the book.
It is a closed Facebook group. This is how we will communicate during the 6 week class and how Liz leads us through the 7 chapters of the book. We are sworn to secrecy and so stories and the experiences can't be shared- it's personal. I'm here to say by reading many of the introduction "hello's" thus far am impressed, intrigued and amazed to get to know these classmates better.
Excited to create some new stories and take both these journeys- on to sunny Vegas with some of my most favorite Peeps and the internal journey of discovery.
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