Taking time to breathe

So often I find myself rushing, constantly thinking of things I ‘need’ to get done without taking any time to stop and breathe.  Sound familiar?

Well today I took a morning out and what a better way to start than with yoga.

I went along to Lululemon and was delighted to see the mats laid out in the park across the street. I settled in to my mat – listening to the birds, feeling the warmth of the sun and started to breathe. I was reminded of how important it is to try and calm your mind by a quote from Shunryu Suzuki shared at the beginning of the practice:

“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginners mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few”

Feeling stretched and relaxed, (I wonder if this is how a cat feels?), I headed home to spend the rest of the morning reading in the sun and fell asleep listening to the Cicada and Tui. Bliss!

Beautiful start to the day.

Beautiful start to the day.

View from my yoga mat.

View from my yoga mat.

What are you waiting for?

I have been wanting to create a blog for a long time. For many months I researched other blogs, thought about what it might look like, what kinds of things I would want to cover and why I was doing it. I wanted to get it ‘right’ and so in kicked the procrastination. Out of fear? Who would want to read what I have to say?

Then one night while reading one of the chapters in ‘The Happiness Project’ by Gretchin Reubin, the lightbulb went on. Gretchin tells a story about one of her last visits to her Grandmother. She notices a box of perfume that was still full that her Grandmother had been saving and she wonders ‘for what?’. It made me think…..what was I waiting for?

From that moment on I started working toward a goal. We all know that when you start working towards something things start to fall in to place, we just might need a little push along every now and again. So here I am, writing my first blog post!

Now I ask you…, what are you waiting for?