A New Yoga Beginning

A New Beginning

I’m starting yoga. Again. I had started practicing about a year ago until I was in the hospital off and on for the last four months of 2020. I was beginning to feel the benefits of yoga, but that ground to a screeching halt.

I have regained as much strength as possible since January, and I feel ready to start my yoga journey again. I’m humble enough to start at the very basic level once again. I will take things slowly, and focus on my technique and doing things right, not just racing through things.

I’m prepared to fail in the first few attempts because my endurance is very low, but I’ll keep after it until I complete the beginner course and then move on to the next course. One of my meditation lessons is all about failing better each time I try something new, because that is how you succeed in the long term.

Last year, I was using the DDPYoga app. For some reason I cannot get it to work this year, so I’m moving to the Glo app. It fills the requirements I need, so I’ll give it a shot. I prefer to start yoga at home by myself before attempting it in a group setting. There is a studio nearby that I can use, but my self-confidence is lacking right now. The last thing I want is to take my out-of-shape self in front of a bunch of other people.

I could certainly use some inspiration from others who are practicing yoga. Tell me your story.

Perspective

“With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”

Max Ehrmann

A powerful message that I found this morning. I’m struggling with the purpose of my life, what I can do to make this a better place. Sadly, I veer towards negativity when I look at the world we live in. I feel powerless to change things, and this upsets me.

I need to practice gratitude daily and stop pouring over the news every day. The information generally upsets me, and that causes stress. I need to refocus my life on positive things and turn away from negativity.

Gratitude is a difficult thing to practice when all I do is criticize something that I can not control. My mindset defeats the very concept of gratitude before I even start. I need to contain my anger and eliminate it, or it will consume me after all.

Making a change like this won’t be easy. A wise saying is that nothing worthwhile is ever easy, so that gives me confidence that I’m on the right track.

Meditation

The meditation session today ended with this quote from Jimi Hendrix. He knew what he was talking about. He brought forth such incredible music because he learned to listen to his inner voice.

I’m still getting in tune with my own inner voice. Not the angry one, I’ve listened to that one far too much in the past. I’m searching for that calm inner voice that will lead me to peace and tranquillity in my life and mind.

Celebrate

More words of wisdom that remind me of the vital importance of being ourselves, not who someone else wants us to be. We are all unique and wonderful. Celebrate who you are.

Dreamer’s World May 31, 2018 – Never Enough Music In My Life

    I have written a lot about learning to play the guitar. It has given me focus on everything in my life and also provided me with tons of enjoyment. The entire process has also made me think more about other aspects of music that I want to either learn or get back into. The most important of these is piano. I played piano for years when I was younger, and now I find myself seriously thinking about purchasing a good keyboard to start playing once again.
    Thankfully, keyboards are much smaller than actual pianos. They do provide more features than a piano would, and they are less expensive. I am subconsciously making certain to save up some money to buy a keyboard in the next few months. I think that the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. More music will keep me at home, and that will mean less money being spent when I go out.
    I have been researching keyboards, and there are several for around $500 that interest me. I can pick them up at the local Guitar Center store when I decide to make the purchase. I consider music as an investment because it certainly keeps me active and enthusiastic about things. I have often thought about taking up piano once again, but there was always some reason why I put it off.
    I also began checking Craigslist to find any keyboards for sale, and there are several bargains listed. Of course, bargain is a tricky word to use when shopping on CL, I might contact one of the sellers and try to get a feel if they are legitimate or not.
    A series of phone messages has convinced me that I can deal with one of the Craigslist people. Hal and I will go tomorrow after work to pick up the keyboard and will save over $300 with the deal. I would prefer to have made the deal today, but since I am waiting for a guitar to be ready at the shop, it is best to wait until after work Friday. At least it means that the weekend will be off to a good start for me.
    There can never be too much music in my life!

Dreamer’s World May 08, 2018 – Thinking About Dinner

Since everything is calming down here after the initial adjustment from the move, it is time to think about getting into the kitchen and preparing dinner for Hal and myself. I have 4 pork chops that have thawed out, and I will marinate them this evening. I will cook them tomorrow, and that will provide us with meals for a few days since these are large and thick pork chops.
After work, I made sure that I had the ingredients for the marinade I prefer to use, as well as the necessary spices. Also, I made sure that we have the side items for the meals. This will be the first real cooking adventure in the new apartment. I have used the Instant Pot a few times, but not the oven in the kitchen. There are always a few quirks that have to be accounted for, but I am confident that things will turn out delicious after I finish cooking the pork chops tomorrow evening.
    I am tempted to get some applesauce from the grocery store, as well as some fresh asparagus. I don’t want to go overboard, but I also want this meal to be special for Hal and myself. We already have potatoes, and green beans and baked beans. I know that I will have to get an onion or two to spice things up.
    I will be glad to cook in the new kitchen at last. As great as the Instant Pot is, it cannot replace something that is prepared the old fashioned way in the oven.
After a short time away from the computer, I realized that tomorrow is the night that we are going to see the new Avengers movie. This shouldn’t affect the overall plan to cook, it will just push things a bit later in the evening. We are going to the early evening session so we won’t be out late. I expect we will be home by 2030 tomorrow evening. Probably too late to eat after cooking, so it will be a decision at that time whether or not to put things off until Thursday.

Dreamer’s World April 09, 2018 – Monday Blues

    The week has begun, and work is more hectic as I struggle to integrate my new responsibilities into the usual Monday routine. The new tasking was something that I expected, so it comes as no surprise. I will get things taken care of eventually and finish at work so I can drive Hal to his job this afternoon and then pick him up tonight. I predict that I will be exhausted by the time I get to bed tonight.
    My morning was wholly consumed with creating a workflow for my new tasks. I have to make sure that I can still complete my regular work in addition to the new items I have on my plate. The time spent in planning things out will produce better results than if I had just plowed into things without a plan in place.
    I am still waiting for my new guitar amplifier to ship and arrive here. Estimated date of arrival is still listed as Wednesday, so all I can do is wait. I want to get it before the move complicates things. I am sure that the new gear will make practicing much more enjoyable. The best analogy is why would I spend the money to buy a piano when I could buy a good keyboard with different voices and effects? I have hit the wall when it comes to the limited things I can do when practicing guitar and I need something that will broaden my horizons and inspire me to keep learning.
    Actually, I am tempted to get a second amplifier as well. I just cannot bring myself to make the purchase until after I get the one that is on order and due to arrive by Wednesday. At least I know that I can get the other amplifier locally if I decide to purchase one.

Dreamer’s World April 09, 2018 – Monday Blues

    The week has begun, and work is more hectic as I struggle to integrate my new responsibilities into the usual Monday routine. The new tasking was something that I expected, so it comes as no surprise. I will get things taken care of eventually and finish at work so I can drive Hal to his job this afternoon and then pick him up tonight. I predict that I will be exhausted by the time I get to bed tonight.
    My morning was wholly consumed with creating a workflow for my new tasks. I have to make sure that I can still complete my regular work in addition to the new items I have on my plate. The time spent in planning things out will produce better results than if I had just plowed into things without a plan in place.
    I am still waiting for my new guitar amplifier to ship and arrive here. Estimated date of arrival is still listed as Wednesday, so all I can do is wait. I want to get it before the move complicates things. I am sure that the new gear will make practicing much more enjoyable. The best analogy is why would I spend the money to buy a piano when I could buy a good keyboard with different voices and effects? I have hit the wall when it comes to the limited things I can do when practicing guitar and I need something that will broaden my horizons and inspire me to keep learning.
    Actually, I am tempted to get a second amplifier as well. I just cannot bring myself to make the purchase until after I get the one that is on order and due to arrive by Wednesday. At least I know that I can get the other amplifier locally if I decide to purchase one.