Thrive

Check-in and let us know how you’re doing!  Any creative ideas for avoiding your kids’ trick-or-treat stashes?  I heard of a friend who puts the candy in an opaque out-of-sight-out-of-mind bag in the freezer to then stuff Christmas stockings with (but I don’t understand this b/c doesn’t Santa do that?).  You could take some to your office and leave in the breakroom for the starving interns to devour.   A lot of dental offices offer the promotion where kids can trade in their candy for money or prizes, a lb per dollar ratio or something like that.  Just a thought! 🙂

Today’s post is about choosing to THRIVE instead of just survive.  This is the nugget for consideration that I shared yesterday with my yoga students.

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”  -Maya Angelou

 On your yoga mat, don’t just physically put your body here and put your mind outside accomplishing a never-ending list.  BE HERE. Be present.  Feel alive.  Thrive and flourish.  Find relationships and interconnectedness with every living thing in the world, with every person in this room, with every molecule of air, and with every cell of your being.  Inhale, feel.  Exhale, savor.  Choose to thrive.  Choose to practice yoga with passion.  Choose to practice yoga with compassion.  Choose to practice yoga with humor.  Choose to practice yoga with your own style.

Inhale, feel.  Exhale, savor.  Choose to thrive.  Choose to live and love with passion.  Choose to live with compassion.  Choose to live and love with humor.  Choose to live with your own style. Choose to not merely survive, but to thrive.

How would this apply to you & your lives today?  It’s an amazing gift to simply be alive, to have the body you have, to have the free choice to do with it what you want.  You take that gift for granted when you just barely scrape by, surviving, not living fully, taking sips of air instead of big nourishing breaths, or abusing your body.  You show gratitude for that gift by living life to the fullest, extending the fire of life through ever fiber of your being, being 100% in any given situation you’re in like giving a child 100% of your attention and love when you’re playing, giving a workout 100% of your passion and energy, giving a friend 100% of your attention when she’s/he’s in need, giving your yoga/meditation 100% of your body and soul, giving your sig other 100% of your heart, giving the present moment 100% of your attention, giving your dreams 100% credibility, giving your rest and relaxation 100%.  Don’t just survive, but be totally alive, THRIVE.

The Edge

 

Happy Halloween! Check-in & let us know what active things you’ve been up to.

Today I wanted to share the concept of the edge, as explained by Baron Baptiste, who is an eclectic yogi out of Boston.  He’s pulled bits & pieces from personal training, weight lifting, martial arts, iyengar & ashtanga yoga, etc. to create a style of yoga coined as Baptiste Power Yoga.  I just recently finished his book & really liked some parts of it.  I apologize in advance for this being kind of a long quote.  If you’re not into yoga, no problem, substitute in “running” or “lifting” or whatever workout you’re into; this applies across the board:

Opportunities for transformation lie at a place called the edge. “The edge is where we come right up against ourselves and what we can do and be.  It is the boundary between where we are and where we grow, the place of comfortable discomfort, where all growing and healing happens.  The edge is the point in every pose when you are still within your capacities but are challenging yourself to go just a little bit further.  Stepping up to this edge and daring to leap is how you break through and thus break with old ways of being…It is only when we are tired and ready to come out of [a yoga pose] that the pose really begins for us.  You come up against fatigue, resistance, fear- all kinds of head trips.  Your instinct may be to flee … But that is precisely when you have the chance for a breakthrough.  That is the edge.  The moment of truth, when you can transcend your boundaries and grow.  You know you are on your way when you feel resistance… welling up in you.  It is so powerful when you really start to get that and begin to view those moments as opportunities for growth rather than signals to quit.  These moments are precisely what develop strength and serenity… Playing your edge in yoga doesn’t always mean ‘going for it,’ or pushing yourself to do something that overwhelms you. That’s ego stuff and it can lead to injury.  We’re talking about peeling away your layers like the layers of an onion, not ripping them off through force.”   -Baron Baptiste

In the audio book version he even relates this to weight lifting, and how after you feel spent, it’s taking 1-2 extra reps at the end that make such a huge leap in building your strength.  After sharing a few bits of the quote above with a group of yogis in my class this past Saturday, a veteran student of mine came up to me afterwards and shared a similar insight about holding onto a pose just a second longer than you thought you could.  He said a navy seal once told him that when your mind thinks it’s done and 100% spent, your body is only at about 40% capability.   Just something to chew on.

Do any of you have any thoughts to share or comments about hanging in there an extra few moments, an extra few reps, and extra few laps?

Make it a phenomenal week!  Push against the edge.

Check-In

Good morning, lovelies! Please comment on the post today to let us know you’re still out there, how your autumn is coming along, if you’ve been up to anything active, and if you have any new healthy recipes to share with us.

Time to bust out the pumpkin protein shake!

  • 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin (can be from can)
  • 1 cup milk (or almond milk)
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 1-2 scoops vanilla protein powder (or yogurt)
  • 1 T sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 ginger snap (or graham cracker)
  • (one variation I saw says to add a T of peanut butter- haven’t tried that before!)