Category Archives: Religion and Spirituality

Time to Rest

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My body is screaming loudly for a respite as I have seriously put it through it’s paces over the last couple days. That said, I always allot at least one stretch day in my regimen—one that’s typically Yoga-infused—just to be sure that I keep my flexibility where I want and need it to be.

It’s important to always listen to your body’s cues when you come across the point where everything hurts and you literally don’t have the energy to lift a pot much less a weight.

Rest is one of the most important aspects of training and if you neglect to get it as needed, you can potentially do unnecessary harm to the progress you’ve already made.

Remember to always take a day or two—sometimes a week is necessary—to reset and rejuvenate. Your body will thank you for it and the gains you’ll experience the next time you workout will be felt two-fold.

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Facing The Music: Even Living In "The Now" Has Limitations

As a woman who has accepted the fact that she is always trying to become better than she was the day before, I understand that growth is about making your way through the easy and the tough moments. You’re not always going to have the best response to things, but you will learn some lesson of worth— if you’re open to it.

I often try to tell myself that I can be of sound mind, even in the worst of circumstances, because my spiritual and mental side has progressed to that point—I have arrived! But, to be frank, I am no more immune to fits of indecision than the next person. As a matter of fact, I am often completely confused by exactly where my learning process began and what part I’m supposed to play in making it a more enlightening experience.

However, in my defense, even in those moments of confusion, I am still striving to do what’s best for me. The only problem with that approach is that it, at times, leaves me without a grasp on the bigger picture—which can lead to my feeling emotionally distraught about all the things I don’t know or understand.

In other words, because I am so focused on the moment, I lose sight of the long-term purpose of my actions and reactions. I cease to see how this moment will, ultimately, change the course of all the others that follow and—while that may not seem like a bad thing for a person who prides herself on living in the now—it can be problematic because one of the biggest lessons you have to learn as an individual is when to take things deeper than the surface. 

The best I ever hope for is to come out the other side of each day with a clearer purpose than which I entered. And while I am fully aware that this approach will, at times, leave me unprepared for accepting the worst case scenarios when they undoubtedly do happen, I’m okay with that because life is nothing if not unpredictable.

I wasn’t meant to foresee it all, just to live it and hope like hell that my actions make all the difference in the person I am trying to be.

Namaste: Working To Be Better At Being Me

Yoga on the Great LawnThis won’t be a long post, but it’s one that I felt heavily prompted to write today.

I am a wife, mother, and seeker of all things real in this world. I know that sounds corny to some of you, but that’s who I am—it’s my truth—that’s my version of who I am in a nutshell. However, with that realization, I am never far from the reality of how much growing I still have yet to do.

As a wife, I do my best to be a friend and confidante to the man in my life because I don’t think any marriage (or partnership) is worth having if it is had minus communication, loyalty, and love. The three come as a package deal and work in conjunction—not independently of each other—and require daily practice by both parties in order to be effective.

As a mother, I’ve discovered that I am better at the practical things—organization, providing loving care and nourishment, and being the best role model I can be—but I understand my limits as well. I play with my children, but I don’t consider myself a playful person. Their father makes for a much more fascinating playmate and that works fine for them—and for us.

And finally, as a seeker of all things real, I am drawn to things that are both of this world and not. I want to learn new things and expose myself to the world in a more spiritually connective way because I feel that far too many of us take the world in which we live, breathe, and love for granted.

So, through my weekly practice of reading spiritually awakening literature and diving faithfully into the practice of Yoga, I feel more whole with each new day that greets me—isn’t that all any of us want to feel?

My life is by no means perfect, but I don’t expect it to be. Perfection isn’t attainable, but living a life filled with grace is, and that’s all I ever hope to do.