Old school photo from 2005. My favorite Banyan Tree in West Palm
I took a morning class with Christine Northcotte at Full Circle Yoga. It was a hot class and fast paced. I later realized that I took a lot of hot yoga classes this week, and not one yin or gentle class. Maybe my body is getting used to more of the vigorous pace classes. My knee feels good, and my hamstring is a little tense on my right side. I am thinking this next week I should give myself more of a break. Take 2 - 3 gentle classes. My $40 pass for 40 days pass at Orlando Power Yoga is up so I am going to venture off and looking for new classes.
Today I am still in a great mood. At the end of the hot class Christine opened the door. My mind has shifted from thinking it is really hot in the room to aprretiating the soothing and relaxing feeling of the cool breeze. The uncomfortable feelings of life seem to be opening up more to new opportunities. I am looking at things that frustrate me and looking more into why they frustrate me. Can I find joy out of these frustrations and uncomfortable feelings?
I have been planning a lot of upcoming trips to find out more about yoga. I have found a great retreat in Thailand and was planning on doing it in December. As I planned my trip nothing seemed to fall into place. The airline tickets were not available or the retreat was not available on the dates I was trying to get. I started off getting frustrated, but switched to the idea that maybe it was not time for me to go there. Maybe the universe was telling me Thailand is not where I belong at this time.
Sometimes when my gut is telling me one thing the universe might be smacking me in the face saying "no, no". Sometimes I listen, other times I ignore it. I know that sometimes the universe has smacked me in the face several times. Each time I ignored it. Eventually I listen though.
I started to switch my thoughts to the many other opportunities that I have in December. I have been thinking that maybe I will stay in the U.S. and go to several locations to practice with some of the great guru's that are here in the United States.
Travel is a great adventure for me, but I do not do it to escape life. Relaxation, love, worry free, letting go. These are all things we can do at home. We choose to clutter our lives with worries, craziness, stress. We can be in any state we choose. Vacation is just the act of taking yourself out of the daily norm. The everyday comfort zone. You can make this switch in your own backyard.
In a hot room it is possible to find a cool breeze. If your kids are crying can you find a place and peace in your heart. Can you find 10 minutes to take for yourself. Peace is in your heart even in the most stressful environments. It is up to you to turn on the switch and make it happen. Find that place.