Back to basics tool for your tool kit…

This morning I had the awesome privilege of attending a Bikram yoga class with my friend Melanie.  It had been 4 years since I was in a Bikram yoga practice up in San Jose.  Stepping back into the hot room was exhilerating.  My first thoughts were one of wondering if I could do this again.  So much has changed in my life since I first started doing Bikram.  (For those of you who don’t know what Bikram Yoga is, it is hot yoga.  The room is heated to 105 degrees and the 90 minute class does 26 postures).  What did surprise me was how much I remembered and how good it felt to be back in a room with other like minded men and women. 

I think Bikram Yoga reminded me of the tool of getting back to basics in your life.  What are those things that you would like to get back and remember.  Maybe it is getting back into a yoga or a stretching routine.  Maybe it is spending some time in meditation or contemplation each day.  The way to get back to the basics is to sit with yourself and really think about what are those things that make your soul sing.  I would like to encourage you all today as you spend some time writing about your “back to basics” contemplate on the things that can bring you back to center, back to the place of pure joy.   For me, happiness comes when I am snuggling my dog Courtney, or sitting at Melitas’ house listening to her tell me a story, or riding my bike or hiking.  Maybe your back to basics may be to make that phone call you have been putting off or writing that letter to a loved one from far away. 

I want to encourage you to find your center today.  The best way is to get back to your basics and see what it is that can truly make you happy!  As for me, it is all about finding the new in the old.  Celebrate today!

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Tammy L. Coia is an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.

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