One of the best things to do for yourself is to set an intention and then make it happen. Intentions are great for relationships, goals and anything that you would like to accomplish in life. I have made some very strong intentions this year of 2011. What I like to do is write out my intention and then keep it clear in my mind. When deciding what to set as your intention think about what it is that motivates you. My latest and greatest intention was my 30 Day Challenge. One of my best friends, Melanie invited me to join her at her Bikram Yoga class in Palm Desert about 6 weeks ago. At first I was unsure if I wanted to go because I knew that when I was a member of my Bikram Yoga San Jose studio I was hooked on it. I wasn’t sure if I could make this commitment. Well, after one class I knew I still had the desire and the drive and the Bikram Yoga University Village studio was gorgeous. The teachers were all enthusiastic and dedicated and I knew I was home. I set my intention on making the 30 day challenge and challenging myself to put myself to the edge of my comfort zone. I not only completed the challenge, but I also committed myself to take out alcohol, sugar and caffeine for the entire 30 days. During these 30 days, Melanie and I completed 46 classes (several days we did doubles: back to back!). What this has done for me has reminded me that our mind is very smart. Not only have I felt better, but I lost 22 pounds during these last 30 days.
Today in your journaling, what would you like to set an intention to do? Dream big, what would you like to do? Set some goals for yourself. Now that my 30 day challenge is over we are celebrating with our friends at the 3rd Corner Bistro in Palm Desert. If you are in the area, come join us and cheers to everyone!!
Just finished our 46th class in 30 days of Bikram Yoga! Celebrate with us tonight at the 3rd Corner Bistro in Palm Desert. Life is wonderful, come have a glass of wine and mingle and make some new friends this afternoon at 4:30. Thanks Melanie for inspiring me through all those doubles we did. I counted and we yoga’d together 69 hours this month…wow!
This picture of my sister and me reminds me of all of the choices we have in life. I smile as I see this picture and it looks like the pepsi can is as big as my head. I can’t believe we used to drink soda as a kid, but we did. Look at your life today, what are the choices you have to make? Some of the choices are so simple, such as orange juice or apple juice…chicken or fish…coke or pepsi…
But in reality, we usually have some pretty tough choices to make in life. I have spent my last two blogs talking about who we really are. We do have the choice of what face to show to the world. When you are smiling on the outside, what are you really feeling on the inside? Can you really go deep within and see what is it that you are feeling?
Do you feel safe to cry or scream or shout? How do you handle loss? Can you express yourself clearly. I was reminded today of the importance of journaling as I taught a class at the Inter Valley Health Plan of Palm Springs on the importance of journaling. You have a choice of what it is you want to say in the privacy of your journal. Are you angry? Happy? Sad? Fearful? Write it down…don’t censor yourself, this is for you. When you spend time journaling, you give yourself a gift of reflection. Remember, this is a gift for you. What I have journaled these last several months have been many hours of self reflection and examining what has happened in my life. I have come away with a better sense of awareness and love for me.
What choice do you have to make today? Is it a big one? Are you ready to reflect upon it in the safety of your journal?
We have a choice of who we surround ourselves with as well. Today in class Pat read a beautiful piece she wrote about her friend Joy. It was a gift she gave to the whole class. We can choose the people with whom we hang out with. There are basicaly two types of people: lifter-uppers and puller-downers. We have a choice as to who we will be and to whom we will hang out with. Spend some time examining who you spend the most time with.
Journal today about your choices and experience a new sense of freedom!