Self Care Challenge

Those of you who have been into the studio in the last week may have noticed the self care challenge posted on the board to the left of the studio door.

What is the Self-Care Challenge you ask?

Each week (on Thursdays) we will offer you a new opportunity to incorporate self care into your every day life. Something as simple as turning your cellphone off an hour earlier than you go to bed... Some of these things may be easy for you and may stick as part of your routine... a good way to bring your yoga home... Some may be impossible... but see what works for you.

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There is a Tide in the Affairs of Men

When I was in college, I found a journal in my dad's office. It was empty except for the first page where he had written in his distinct angular handwriting:

"There is a tide in the affairs of man, which taken at the flood leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serve or loose our ventures."

William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar Act 4, Scene 3

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Turning Overwhelm into Abundance

It's 3:52 am. I have been awake since 1:48 am when my daughter stirred in her crib down the hall. Since 1:48 I have been lying in bed thinking. The first thought was obviously wondering what was happening with my daughter... teething, probably. But it doesn't take long before the thought vomit comes rolling in. Thought after thought after thought... Imperatives and observations stacking one on top of the other. Lists being compiled of things we have to do, annoyances surfacing from the day prior, quick-witted retorts that have come approximately 12 hours too late (guess they aren't so quick witted then are they?)

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I suck at listening, and actually, I think most of us do. We aren't trained to listen. We are trained to be thinking one step ahead. We are told that being quick witted and charismatic is important, so that's what we value. We are so entrenched in the ease of multi-tasking that we've let it bleed into our interactions and our every day life. Listening requires that we close some of those tabs or the apps that are open in our brains and focus on the moment sitting right in front of us.

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