Monday, July 18, 2011

Thank You Fragrant Breakfast!

Fresh strawberries and farmers market peaches.

A morning of introspection and reflection.

A breakfast of joy and gratitdue- of living in the tasty and fragrant present.

Thank you to the farmers who grew these crops and anyone who helpd in transporting them!

Thank you to the strawberries and peaches for nourishing every cell in my body
and mystifying my taste buds!

For what are you grateful at this moment?

Share with me, as we celebrate being grateful!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Thank You Summer!

It's here!

For the first time I don't have to run to a yoga class, complete a final exam, ponder what my students are doing, research ideas for teaching, and all of the "rest!"

My body feels like napping all day, so I am considering letting it.

Summer is about rejuvenation, and today's has been and will be something like this:

work on an art project, run, do lots of laundry (so the piles go away!), listen to my body and eat what it wants to, watch a show or two online, read, nap, my own yoga practice, and who knows...

Outside it's hitting the 3 number degree point.  Inside it's cool, grateful, and resting.

Thank you Summer for your presence! 
Thank you for the time to soak in the rays and recharge!
Thank you for shade to rest under!

For what are you grateful at this moment?

Share with me, as we celebrate being grateful

Monday, July 11, 2011

Thank You Yoga Circle x 11!

Last night the Spring 2011 Teacher Training Group completed our graduation! 

We practiced one final time.

We ate amazing-beyond-amazing food at our pot luck dinner.

We packed enough leftovers for a week.

We spiffed ourselves up, and showed our "real" clothes.

We conversed in a tight room awaiting the big ceremony.

The rest is top secret.

At the end we took our celebration to the river front.

We stayed together til late in the night, enjoying stories, meeting hubbies and boyfriends, and cherishing the connections we have made.

In honor of our group of 11, I offer gratitude to each of them through their initials.

Thank you.... A, A, J, C, C, R, K, S, W, P, and K!

May your journeys be filled with acceptance, compassion, patience and perservearance, appreciation and awesome times, just a breath of fresh air, creativity and curiosity, remarkable endeavors, kindness, kindred spirits, smiles and soaring souls, and a willigness to stay true to you.

Thank you!


For what are you grateful at this moment?

Share with me, as we celebrate being grateful!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Thank You Turtles!

Each loop of my run had one of these cuties on it!  The second loop had one without markings.

I stopped to enjoy them and the winds that were blowing so wonderfully off of the bay!

I'm blessed by the turtle-full to have these magnificent trails so close!

Thank you, turtle friends, for the stop-and-breathe breaks! 

Thank you winds for the refreshment!

For what are you grateful at this moment?

Share with me, as we celebrate being grateful!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thank You Panera Man!

After an oh-so-not strenuous day of yoga practicum rehearsing and reflecting with a friend that turned into a...
let's-make-an-insanely-excellent-plan-in-under-15-minutes for the new school year afternoon,
I stopped by my once-regular Tuesday/Thursday night dinner spot for a cup of black bean soup.

Hmm... somehow my order got mixed up or the man filling it thought I needed extra food
(or maybe because I looked extra spiffy in my running clothes?)
and gave me a much bigger order! 

I write this as I'm waiting for the soup to cool off, and fill every bit of my food-deprived tummy.

Thank you, Panera man, for your kindness! 
Thank you, Panera, for having regularly scheduled black bean soup on Tuesdays and Thursdays!
Thank you, friend/colleague's dog, for rough housing with me, so I went into calorie deficit!

For what are you grateful at this moment?

Share with me, as we celebrate being grateful!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Thank You Summer Brain!

Summer Brain is rearing it's colorful self in all sorts of kaleidoscopic ways! 

All that is focused on for 9-10 months is now buried deep inside the internal ocean to rest and recharge.  With that goes many of the key processes related to all of "that." 

The results are my priorities are vastly changed, and things that I'd normally be conscious of, I now have little clue about. 

I've found myself apologizing to friends and family when they ask me questions, and I respond with less depth and detail saying, "I have a bad case of summer brain."

To their credit, most everyone has responded, "That's okay!  Summer brain is a good thing!"

Thank you, summer brain, for allowing me to recharge for the upcoming school year! 
Thank you, summer brain, for reminding me that I need you
(as you do when you encourage me to sleep in beyond 5 am, to visit the library for fun reading, and to take random road trips just because...).
Thank you, friends and family, for accepting and encouraging summer brain!

For what are you grateful at this moment?

Share with me, as we celebrate being grateful!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Thank You Free Running!

Ah, summer vacation!

The brain is finally winding down, the soul relaxing, and the desire to push my body is not so present!

I knew I needed to run, but after yesterday's ache fest, I wasn't looking forward to it. 
Oh, the benefits of a run, yeah, I understood it, but again, the actual happening well... hmm.

I gave myself time, and listened to my body. 
I did a "Tibetan" warm up (a la David's Sivananada yoga class)-
think 10 downward dog-upward dog transitions;
I worked out my practicum a bit and warmed my body up nicely;
and I enjoyed a lovely farmers market nectarine for breakfast!

I arrived at the trail head at 9:20ish, and for some reason I just didn't feel like putting on my shoes! 
I was in that run-walk-hike mental mind field, so I set out in my Tevas...and...

I ran!!!

My body lit up in joy with my first step!  My breath was pure and free!  My soul was so happy! 

Right, I know barefoot running has become the norm,
but something in my soul was connecting deep within. 
The Spanish teacher in me was uniting with the Tarahumaras,
 the writer in me was delighting with the T connection (Tarahumara and Teva),
 and more!

I ran farther than yesterday and faster, too! 

I have to say these $21 super clearance sandals from REI many years back were a heavenly lot more enjoyable than my too-suped-up-for-those-trails shoes. 

I'll be back tomorrow for another go...
afterall, my legs responded a billion times better than I thought,
and oh the feeling of freedom!
The feeling of running down a nature-debris-littered trail (from previous storms),
with humidity washing over and through my pores,
and the sounds of snakes, squirrels, cardinals, and other animals going about their lives!

Thank you, Tevas, for the amazing stability and freedom! 
Thank you, Virginia, for a welcoming set of trails so so close to home! 
Thank you, Mother Nature, for the familiarity and sense of home...
and for welcoming to learn each step of the way!

For what are you grateful at this moment?

Share with me, as we celebrate being grateful!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Thank You Super Sunday Style!

There's way too much awesomeness to pick one thing to write about today, so I present to you all... the Super Sunday Style of A World of Gratitude!

Mmm... white nectarines!  They have returned to the farmers market!  While I didn't sample any there, I took home 4 with me for snacks and breakfasts this week.. and 2 white peaches, too!

Thank you to the farmers who take such great care of their crops and to the food itself!

Also at the farmers market this kept calling out to me.  I'm not normally a basil person, but I figured I'd look up recipes as it was only $1.50 for a huge bunch!

It turns out the recipes are in the brain or heart.  I made quinoa, chopped this up, and added a bit of lemon juice and olive oil for lunch/dinner.

De-li-cious!!!  Soo amazingly good, clean, fresh, and fabulous!! 
I believe I know what I'll be eating for much of this week! :-)

Thank you, basil, for showing me your special flavor and inviting me to play with you!

After a really spot-on yoga class, I asked the teacher if I could observe her after she gets back from traveling and the school year has begun.  I'll be done with teacher training as of a week from now, and I really want to continue my learning.

She understood exactly why I was asking, and shared with me her experiences!  Oh, relief and peace, thank you!  It's an honor and a privilege to be able to continue to learn...and this class comes right before a meditation class I intend on attending on a regular basis! 

Thank you, teacher person, for your wisdom and understanding! Thank you for welcoming me ahead on my journey of learning, and thank you, too, for an amazing class tonight!

Last, but by no means least, tonight's meditation class was amazing!  It was a bit spunky, a whole lotta love, and some other cool stuff!  Part of it (the mantra) has been in my head and heart all week, so that was special to hear it!  Let's just say it was exactly where I needed to be, and I'm grateful for all of it!

Thank you to all who were in class, shared, and contributed to this very special evening!

Of course, massive thanks goes out to the millions (or so it seems) of tourists visiting the DC area for driving efficiently enough so I could make it to class x 2 on time- even though I left a bit late. 

Thanks also goes out to Mother Nature for a phenomenal thunder/lightening/rain fest that has been on going since about 6:30 pm and woke me up at 4:42 am.  What a treat to sprint into my home with the sky a light, the air a sound, and being soaked! :-)  Raw elements..thank you!

So, how about you?  Have you had a super Sunday of gratitude?

For what are you grateful at this moment?

Share with me, as we celebrate being grateful!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Thank You Life Lessons!

Yesterday I co-taught my third, and final, yoga class before "graduation" and teaching my practicum. 

I went in with a few specific "I will..." ideas, even though I knew (for almost full certainty) that they weren't best. 

After the completion of the class, my super compassionate co-teacher provided me with some very key feedback.  She explained to me what I had done well, and specific areas of improvement.

On the long drive home, I reflected and continued to do so for much of the night. 
Initially I was very, very frustrated with myself, but I realized if I hadn't been so stubborn, I might not have been on the receiving end of much needed feedback.

S's feedback probably wouldn't have come up eventhough I believe it was necessary for me to go beyond where I'm at now with my life learning.

Before going to bed, I wrote two words and stuck them under my pillow (a not-so secret trick I use to help with many thing...):  compassion and gratitude.

When I awoke this morning, I realized that I am just a person learning in life.  I wouldn't beat up a tree for not growing as fast, nor would I scold a bird for not being able to fly so high.  Why lecture myself when I'm just learning? 

Thank you, S for your patience and honesty.  Thank you life lessons for being there to help me grow more deeply. 

For what are you grateful at this moment?

Share with me, as we celebrate being grateful!