Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Share What Inspires You!

I think many of us don't realize the power of the stories we tell each other. I heard someone casually mention something about belly dancing, which is something I love, yet I hadn't done it in a while. I love the music and the beautiful movements. Just hearing about it inspired me. I did a search on youtube and found some really beautiful videos.

I love what the dancer does at the 20 second mark. This move alone made me marvel at the capacity of the human body; the strength, elegance, and grace that is so available to us:

I've had the desire to be physically fit, strong, and flexible for years now, but I haven't found what works for me in terms of seeing results. I've tried so many different workout programs and ways of eating, but nothing felt inspiring or doable for the long term.

I was at Barnes & Noble the other day and a book caught my attention. On the cover was a picture of a woman's midsection; basically just her abs. I picked up the book and started reading the introduction. It's called The Physique 57 Solution, and it was developed by two professional dancers. The description of it was everything I've ever wanted in a workout program: something that would strengthen my body, make me flexible, something I would enjoy, and something that will truly benefit my body. I'm on my first week of this program and I love it so much! It's extremely challenging, but I want to strengthen my body, so this is perfect.

I'm doing Physique 57 three days a week, light and what I call Joyful Cardio three days a week, and one day of rest. Joyful Cardio consists of anything that's light and fun for up to one hour. It could be a really nice walk outside, gentle yoga, swimming, and of course belly dancing!

I've also rediscovered the Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. It's basically the Paleo Diet, but I think what he talks about is a little different in some ways. I love it for its simplicity. I love that it's extremely doable and I already feel better and right now, I'm only putting in a little bit of effort. I can imagine how amazing I'll feel when I do it more fully!

It's amazing to notice how much better I'm feeling in other areas, especially mentally and emotionally. I never realized taking care of my body would produce such wonderful rewards that seem to be spilling over everywhere! I even feel more empowered and equipped to accomplish lots of my other goals.

I am feeling grateful for this wonderful balance of a really easy and beneficial way of eating, as well as a workout program that I am absolutely in love with! I feel so grateful that everything in my life is coming together and unfolding gracefully and beautifully...

Friday, March 2, 2012

Savor the Moment

I went to the grocery store today to pick up a few items. All the check out lines seemed pretty full so I got on the express line. It seemed like it was moving slowly, so I started looking through a kitchen and bath magazine. I was totally mesmerized by the beautiful pictures. So mesmerized, in fact, that I missed my chance to move to a quicker line! I was a little annoyed at first, but I decided to just stay in my line and finish looking through this beautiful magazine.

I finally got up to the cashier. He was this adorable, fresh faced young man; probably around 18 or so. He said the usual "How are you?" and I responded with "Good, how are you?" I was surprised to hear him say "Good, I guess." I asked him why and he said, "I'm not really good at this." I offered some encouraging words as I fumbled with the debit card scanner, and I said, "I'm not good at this thing either!"

We both laughed and I felt so good that I had the opportunity to interact with this wonderful person. I love the fact that maybe our happy interaction made a little bit of a positive difference in his day.

This is another great example of how sometimes we think something "bad" happened; in this case, me missing my chance to move to the quicker line and having to wait longer. When in fact, it turned out to be a lovely experience that never would have happened if I got on the faster line. I could have chosen to have a quicker transaction, but what would have happened? I would have gotten to my car two minutes faster. That's all.

It also made me think: What are we rushing for? Why do so many of us tend to rush through life and try to get on the fastest line and make the green light and cut in front of people and make transactions go faster? Where are we going?!

This experience made me realize how beautiful it is to savor the moment and enjoy the journey. There are so many wonderful experiences, waiting to be savored by us every day. They're usually quiet and subtle, but if you look for those moments to savor, they will start showing up everywhere!

(image from google search for "smell the flowers")