What is Yoga 308

Life is a constant struggle of balancing our body on both a physical and emotional side. Through yoga I have learned several life lessons. Yoga 308 is a goal I set for myself to do at least 60 minutes of yoga for 6 days a week for the next year. I invite anyone to join me on this adventure as I blog about some of my daily experiences. This is not intended to show that I have found peace and tranquility, but rather give my honest feelings of my journey. Enjoy.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Day 344 - Stop the demands and find the gratitude

Today is my last day in Alaska.  I am catching a red eye later tonight.  I wanted to get this blog written first thing this morning, but I am running out of time so I will do the best I can.  Today is my day off from yoga.  I have felt like the last week I have been very gentle on my yoga practice, I have been very gentle with my mind, and I have been very gentle with my soul.  Alaska is a breathtaking experience.  It is hard not to find this gentle side.

This morning I was thinking about the demands I put upon myself.  I am very grateful to have so much to be excited about in my life.  The hours of my days are filled with trying to do these things.  Yoga 308 has helped me balance these things.  I am able to spend the amount of time that helps me be who I am.  There are times where I feel out of balance, but today I feel in check.

All of us struggle with this.  I was noticing about a month ago that when I paint, I feel like I have everything under control and I can then sit down and paint.  Painting is the thing that I try to get everything else done so I can sit down and paint.  So I do my work, go to yoga, write my blog, hang out with my friends, hang out with my family, walk my dog, go to the grocery, fix up some dinner, clean up the house, and then sit down and paint.  If I do all these things then it is a perfect day.  That is a lot in 24 hours or even a week.  Then I get excited about things.  I will travel to Alaska, create a garden, do a bonsai, play some video games, watch a movie, or start a new business adventure.  Then there is the outside people that make me feel guilty.  I should spend more time with the family, walk the dog more, or spend more time with friends.  I have painted once this month :(

I have so much fun doing all of it.  I just get frustrated that I cannot do all of it.  This is the demanding part of my life.  If I get to the point where I can sit down and paint every day, chances are I will find something else that I no longer have time to do.  It is all about a proper balance.  I could easily wake up and paint first thing in the morning.  Yes I should find more time for painting, and I also should have time for everything else.  I just need to keep in my mind that I am a mear mortal that only has 24 hours in the day.

I am still feeling really grateful for so many things in my life.  The gratitude can easily take place of the demands I put on myself.  What are you grateful for today?