Mindful Monday

Good Mindful Monday to you!

I really love Monday mornings. They have become my time to slow down and regroup from the weekend and to take a look at and plan the week ahead. As I savor my Monday morning cup of coffee, I think about the previous week and what I want to do more of and what I want to do less of. Spending a year in yoga teacher training changed me a lot, and I have become much better at identifying what brings me joy and what no longer serves me. Sometimes we continue to do things simply because it was once a big part of our lives. Routine habits. Day after day. I think of a snow globe that sits on a shelf day after day without notice, without ever being shaken. We need to shake ourselves up sometimes and see the wonder in a new pattern of "falling snowflakes." I don't want to live the same 24 hours over and over for the rest of my life.

Whew, that's a lot of deep thinking for a Monday morning, isn't it?! Let's move on. :)

Time for a second cup!

My only intention last week was to get that damn 20 miles of running in. I didn't. So how many weeks of resistance now? Why do I keep setting this intention if I don't really feel motivated to do it? Maybe I should take this as a sign that I really don't want to run anymore.

That's not true, though. I do want to run again. But what I want out of running has changed. As I mentioned in this post about changing things up, I am working on figuring out how I want to fit running into my life at this juncture. I am working on running on new terms, not in that seriously competitive way during my old racing days.

And I am not afraid to confess that I set a goal and didn't achieve one bit of it. So what? This is a new week, and I can set that goal again. It takes time to change. Especially when it took a lot of time to get set in our current ways. We have to think of how badly we want to change, to establish new habits, and not become frustrated or embarrassed because we "failed." I am going to set that 20-mile goal week after week to keep it on my radar and in focus until I get there. And I will get there.

What I am grateful for
+ the joy my business brings me (it's true that you can work hard and not even feel as if you are working)
+ meeting new people, learning new things, rediscovering old things
+ how my life has been enriched by yoga
+ good health
+ my sons (always!)

+ run 20 miles
+ get out to the local yoga studios again
+ get some bike miles in

See you later. I need to RUN!


Stefan Forge said…

Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is fantastic blog. A great read. I'll certainly be back. aol email login

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