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.

Learning

Learning

Since I rededicated myself to meditation, I’ve noticed subtle changes, even after only a few days. I cope with things differently, and I’m learning not to react to any little thing by immediately ramping up to level 10 instantly.

I know that I feel better and less stressed out. I am still focused on sleeping better, and that is improving. As I get more rest, I find more energy to focus positively on myself and those around me.

It’s never too late to start meditating. The benefits are tremendous.

Dreamer’s World April 06, 2018 – Preparation

       Friday is here at last. After this week, I predict that things will only get busier at work. After my meeting with my supervisor yesterday I found out that I am acquiring even more responsibilities on the job. I suppose this is the reward for doing the things I already do so well. Gaining these new roles also means that I am taking time today to create a plan of action for the future. I am visualizing what tasks I have to accomplish each day, both my regular tasks and the new ones, in order to make the most of my time at work.
       I realize that this attempt will undergo some changes, it is a draft to give me some guidance as things change at work. I do not plan to extend my working hours, I will just re-prioritize things in order to get them all done. Of course, the new assignments will take more time in the beginning, but they should become routine in a short amount of time and not require as much effort. Planning is never going to accomplish every goal without some changes as the situation develops, because I am not in control of all of the variables on the job. I cannot control when people will want me to attend meetings, nor how long those meetings will last. Thankfully, since I work from home, I can multitask without being too obvious about it. This will help to manage the time better.
       There is a part of me that rebels against planning. Part of me prefers spontaneity in what I do. It makes life more interesting and keeps me alert. When a plan becomes a routine, I quickly find myself bored and have to make certain that I pay attention to what I am doing. There seems to be a lesson in this that I can apply to everyday life. Don’t let life get too predictable, embrace the chaos every now and then, and enjoy the exhilaration.
       As for myself, after work today I might go and check out some amplifiers. I am tired of the limited experience I have with the base model amplifier I am currently using when there are much better options out there. If we don’t get out to stop at Guitar Center this afternoon or evening, I can always drop by there tomorrow after I drop Hal off at his job. I will let things play themselves out as the afternoon at work draws to a close.
       I am about to close out here on the job for the weekend. It is time to find out if Hal has anywhere he wants to go, or anything he wants to do before it gets late. I am flexible and although I would like to get out, I can stay here if that is the decision. The idea of taking a nap has a certain appeal, but I can take that nap later.
       Hal and I did get out for a while. I stopped at Guitar Center and nearly bought the amp I wanted, but they were out of stock. After Hal and I had dinner and came back home, I went online to Sweetwater Music and ordered the  amp from them. It should be here by next Wednesday, about the same time that it would have taken ordering it through Guitar Center. Now I can relax for the rest of the evening and look forward to the weekend.

Dreamer’s World April 06, 2018 – Preparation

       Friday is here at last. After this week, I predict that things will only get busier at work. After my meeting with my supervisor yesterday I found out that I am acquiring even more responsibilities on the job. I suppose this is the reward for doing the things I already do so well. Gaining these new roles also means that I am taking time today to create a plan of action for the future. I am visualizing what tasks I have to accomplish each day, both my regular tasks and the new ones, in order to make the most of my time at work.
       I realize that this attempt will undergo some changes, it is a draft to give me some guidance as things change at work. I do not plan to extend my working hours, I will just re-prioritize things in order to get them all done. Of course, the new assignments will take more time in the beginning, but they should become routine in a short amount of time and not require as much effort. Planning is never going to accomplish every goal without some changes as the situation develops, because I am not in control of all of the variables on the job. I cannot control when people will want me to attend meetings, nor how long those meetings will last. Thankfully, since I work from home, I can multitask without being too obvious about it. This will help to manage the time better.
       There is a part of me that rebels against planning. Part of me prefers spontaneity in what I do. It makes life more interesting and keeps me alert. When a plan becomes a routine, I quickly find myself bored and have to make certain that I pay attention to what I am doing. There seems to be a lesson in this that I can apply to everyday life. Don’t let life get too predictable, embrace the chaos every now and then, and enjoy the exhilaration.
       As for myself, after work today I might go and check out some amplifiers. I am tired of the limited experience I have with the base model amplifier I am currently using when there are much better options out there. If we don’t get out to stop at Guitar Center this afternoon or evening, I can always drop by there tomorrow after I drop Hal off at his job. I will let things play themselves out as the afternoon at work draws to a close.
       I am about to close out here on the job for the weekend. It is time to find out if Hal has anywhere he wants to go, or anything he wants to do before it gets late. I am flexible and although I would like to get out, I can stay here if that is the decision. The idea of taking a nap has a certain appeal, but I can take that nap later.
       Hal and I did get out for a while. I stopped at Guitar Center and nearly bought the amp I wanted, but they were out of stock. After Hal and I had dinner and came back home, I went online to Sweetwater Music and ordered the  amp from them. It should be here by next Wednesday, about the same time that it would have taken ordering it through Guitar Center. Now I can relax for the rest of the evening and look forward to the weekend.