Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Letting Go of the Chatter!

"What might be right for you, may not be right for some." That was taken from the opening song of the show Different Strokes.  Do you remember that show?  The line is perfect, especially for those practicing yoga and meditation.

This year was the start of a new journey for me, time to make some healthy changes in my life.  After a ten-year hiatus from yoga, well it was time to try it out again.  The hard core workouts were not working with my body, and were making me completely unhappy.  So it was time to dust off a beginner yoga DVD by Kathy Smith, that has been on my shelf for years.  Wow, that first workout changed me, I realized how happy it made me feel.  It also was a fantastic workout, and my body could feel it all over.  I decided I must be on to something here, and decided to find other lovers of yoga.  Since I am a Twitter addict, finding yoga lovers was not hard.  The people I have connected with have some amazing tips to share, along with beautiful blogs to read.  I have learned so much on this first part of my journey.

To me yoga and meditation are like two peas in a pod.  Seriously, if you are interested in finding ways to de-stress, or take a deep breath from your busy day, they will help you more then you could imagine.   I have a friend who has been practicing meditation for several years.  I decided to go to him for guidance about approaching meditation for the first time.  I decided to try meditation actually before I decided to dust off my yoga DVDs.

Why did I decide to try meditation?  Well because I have way to much extra chatter in my head.  My mind is always thinking, my husband will tell me I even over-think on things.  I am a high stress person, and a huge worry-wart.  Seriously, I worry about everything, like right now I am worrying about if you will like my new blog.  Welcome to my crazy brain!  Jason let me know the process of meditation does not happen over night, so be patient.  

For me meditation is not a religious thing, it is solely to help me de-stress.  I want to use meditation and yoga to help me in my day to day life, but most importantly to help strengthen my relationship with my husband.  I am not perfect, well I am definitely far away from perfect, but moving closer in the last 17 years with my husband.  However, I still have areas I would love to improve to help make our marriage stronger.

So I am in my sixth week of my journey, and can honestly say I have found more areas to help me improve.

My goal for this year: 
1. Meditate for longer than 15 minutes with out losing focus
2. Continue building on my ability to do yoga
3. Try different types of yoga (Jason definitely said I should try Bikram, so I will be doing that soon!)
4. Work on having patience ( I have none...)
5. Work on not being afraid to admit when I am wrong, and don't be afraid to say I am sorry (For my Marriage)

I look forward to sharing my journey with you, and any tips, advice you have please share!