Quietude

It is a rainy day here in the Washington, DC metro area, not exactly conducive to promoting energetic feelings, at least not for me.  So here I am sharing my experience of quietude I experienced earlier this morning.  The word quietude means a state of calm or stillness either in a person or a place.

After training two clients this morning, I came home to walk our dogs, my husband and I own 2 English Springer Spaniels, Gaia & Milton, and we go on walks at least 4-5 times a day sometimes it is relaxing and other times a little stressful.   Today I took a different approach to walking my dogs, I didn’t talk to them or make noise.  Usually you may find me babbling nonsensically down the trail or walking path talking or heaven forbid singing to my 2 dogs.  If you have ever heard me sing, it is not pretty.  It isn’t  like the dogs can understand what I am saying, or that they would even care.  I have read a few studies saying dogs really don’t like a lot of unnecessary noise or you calling their name when it isn’t necessary so today I stayed quiet.   Continue reading

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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.

STOP and BREATHE

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.