Emotional Reactivity

I just read a wonderful writing from Ram Dass on emotions, how to accept your emotion without acting upon it and at the same time without pushing it down. I, myself struggle with acceptance, acceptance of myself,others, not reacting to other peoples actions towards me or others. I also try to bury emotions and that is not healthy either. Please read this wonderful piece by Ram Dass:

During my studies on my path to become a yoga instructor we briefly studied all different types of yoga, and Bhakti held a particular draw for me. I visited Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica, CA and loved the energy in the yoga studio. I so wish I lived closer to go back. Bhakti yoga is based on love. The Wikipedia definition of Bhakti: is a spiritual path described in Hindu philosophy as efficacious for fostering love of, faith in, and surrender to God.The exact definition of bhakti yoga can be spelled as ” a devotional service of Bhagavan ( God )with no other motivations than to just please the Supreme Lord.[1] It is a means to realize God,[2] and is the easiest way for the common person because it doesn’t involve extensive yogic practices.[1]

The Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavata Purana and Puranas[2] are important scriptures which expound the philosophy of Bhakti.[3] Hindu movements in which bhakti is the main practice are called bhakti movements—the major schools are Vaishnavism, Shaivism, and Shaktism.[4]

Perhaps we all should take a step back before reacting, find the love in everything we do.


This week there was a great piece on NPR about breathe, meditation and exercise.  Attached is the blurb from them.  Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

There has been a lot of talk on the benefits of yoga, meditation and breath lately and there is nothing but truth to all of it.  I don’t need NPR or a scientist to back my beliefs.  Years ago I tried to break out of the corporate world, the mold of what was expected of me and I moved to Maui, Hawaii.  I left a great job, apartment and friends in Washington, DC.  I wanted and needed to slow down and I wanted more out of life, spiritually.   I was almost there, mentally and spiritually but not quite…I just wasn’t ready, darn it, no matter how much I wanted to be and honestly today I could say that if I was put in the same scenario now it would be much different, but I don’t live in Maui any longer.

OK so my point being, I did learn to stop, to breathe and to watch the world around me rotate.  I still try and sometimes, not successfully but darn it I try. The quipy saying of don’t sweat the small stuff, well it is true.  We get so wrapped up in the bullshit that we forget what really matters, family friends, health and to stop and breathe.  Look around you, appreciate the leaf falling, smell the earth, the love you have for family, friends, your husband or wife, your dog or your cat. This is all precious, and also so quickly lost and drowned out in the noise of the everyday.

Take your strength,Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff make of life what you will, but do not waste it.

Take the CAN’T out of do and make it an I CAN!

I feel horrible about not posting anything since the beginning of this blog, but life happens and we let other things on our to do list slide, but I promise to become more active and to help my fellow fitness enthusiasts, clients and whoever else wants to learn how to become fit with wisdom (Prajna).

I recently created a running group for clients and friends, we are 2 weeks into our group, meeting Tuesday’s and Saturday’s. Our first Saturday run last weekend was amazing as I had two ladies in the group not only complete their first 5k, but surpass it to run 4.48 miles!!!! This is where the mental part of running or really almost anything comes into play. If you are fairly new to running or have only run a certain amount of miles or kilometers you would say NO WAY I cannot possibly run 3.2 miles let alone more than that. But my group of strong women and men DID IT! They conquered their can’t do attitude and turned it into a can do. 🙂

The same is so working out, lifting, training, or whatever other term you prefer to use. Have some faith in yourself, push yourself, but push yourself wisely. Don’t strain, so much you recruit the wrong muscles to get the job done. But always push yourself, set goals and then surpass them.

For all of the new and perhaps not so new runners out there, I came across a great article from Runner’s World on different strength training exercises and stretches to do that help prevent injuries.

Check it out!