It’s amazing how warmer weather can help motivate, build energy, entice us to move, change and shift.
I don’t know how you’ve been feeling, but It’s been really hard lately to motivate myself to get out of the house, in-spite of a warmer than normal winter. But last week, with the uptick of warmth, I was in the park over a couple of days, enjoying the warm pre-spring weather with so many other people.
The ebbs and flows of motivation are real, aren’t they? I found myself, while in the park enjoying the warmer weather, almost having a “new years resolution” time in my head, where I was motivated to shift a few areas in my life that are in need of looking at and perhaps shifting.
While it remains to be seen if I succeed at shifting those particular spaces, it was nice to notice and feel the change in motivation in my own body and mind after a few months of stagnation in some areas of life.
Whether in the midst of motivation and growth, or still stuck in a little bit of stagnation, I hope we can recognize the validity of where we are in the moment, in the here and now.
Have an amazing week, my friends.
OK, so funny story. Last week I was writing that blog post about trying to find a little more ease and flow in our lives. I was in-between classes while I was writing it, just about to start my next class and eating some soup while I was writing the post.
As I was writing about finding ease and flow, and minutes before my next class started, I managed to pour soup all down the front of my shirt and pants. Not super ease-filled if we’re being honest here.
I couldn’t help but laugh out loud, it just felt so ironic…the soup all down my front-side just as I was talking about finding that ease and flow in life.
Hopefully it’s not soup down your front-side, but I dare say I’m probably not alone in, at times, emphasizing one thing while living the complete opposite of said emphasis. But, you know what, just because we might not be able to embody the changes we’d like to see in our lives every day, doesn’t mean those changes are invalid. Finding a little more ease and flow is just as important even when it doesn’t happen all the time.
I hope you have an amazing week, my friends...and here’s hoping you don’t pour soup all over yourself!
Moving with the Horse Again
I’ve been thinking a lot about last week’s blog post, and about the thought of “moving with the horse”....and finding more ease, more fluidity throughout our life.
I think all of us go through these phases in life…phases of more or less ease, fluidity. There are times when our schedule, our family life, our outside obligations feel a little more easy, a little more fluid, and there are times when they just don’t. My dear friend calls this space of ease “finding his flow”, which I think is an apt description. There are times when it might be easier to find our flow, and other times when that flow feels near impossible to find.
While I don’t think we can completely change those times when life feels a little less than fluid, I wonder what difference it might make if we really pay attention to the times and the spaces in our lives that do feel easy and fluid. Perhaps when paying attention, we can notice the spaces in life where we might be able to shift to create a little more ease and fluidity in more of our life.
Let’s be realistic here, probably we’ll never completely “find our flow” in this complicated life of ours, but perhaps we can get a little closer to more ease and fluidity as we walk through our lives.
I hope you have an amazing week, my friends.
Moving with the Horse
Around this time a year ago I was leading a yoga and fitness retreat in Costa Rica with an amazing group of folks. In addition to our yoga, fitness and eating copious amounts of delicious food, we went on various adventures throughout our week.
One of our days of adventuring was a 15 mile horseback ride through the beautiful hills of Costa Rica, crossing various terrain, both easy and pretty difficult, and getting some spectacular Pacific Ocean views during our adventure.
As we trotted through the Costa Rican countryside, I stayed toward the back of our pack…I like being able to keep track of my people, and I always feel I can better do so at the back of the pack.
Many of us were pretty sore the following day after our ride, with those 15 miles of pretty strenuous terrain showing up in various and sometimes surprising ways throughout our bodies. There were a few in our group, however, who didn’t have that same soreness as everyone else.
I was reflecting a few days later, reflecting on my time at the back of the pack watching my people and thinking about the posture of those who were sore and those who were not so sore. The one thing I had noticed while riding was there were some who had a fluidity, an ease…some who were able to simply move with the horse instead of holding themselves more rigidly like many of the rest of us…and with that ability to move with the horse was a bit more ease, less strain as they moved through their adventure and beyond.
My dear friends, I hope as we move through our week we can find a bit more ease, a bit more fluidity…who knows what a difference that ease, that fluidity might make in our life experience.
Have an amazing week, my friends.
Hi, I'm Krista!
Krista Mason is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She owns an online studio and loves it!