Prompt: 5 minutes. Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010.
Watching the sun rise over the ocean on Rehoboth Beach.
Staggering home after dancing like a thing on fire at Frog Pond all night.
Climbing the rocky trail to Upper Yosemite Falls.
Feeling my mortality on the Panorama Trail in Yosemite and being fine with it.
Feeling amped up and finally “identified” while reading Seth Godin’s Linchpin.
Dropping deep into my body during Yin Yoga.
Ending a 434 day streak of Holosync and being okay with it.
Running 10 miles along the Landrus Rd., listening to my breath.
Meeting Vince Horn on the street in Asheville.
Watching Emily and Scott fly a kite in Portland.
Getting into Scorpion Pose (with a wall assist) at the Asana 4 training with Yoganand.
The musty smell of the inside of an empty dumpster. The beautiful sight of a full one.
The feeling of freedom and happiness at the sight of a clean basement.
One word: Mouse sander. (oh, that’s 2 words, isn’t it?)
Having an extra seat between us and free wireless on the flight to Portland.
Eating fresh produce all summer thanks to the Mansfield Grower’s Market.
Posting my 300th entry on this blog and officially becoming a “blogger.”
Figuring out how to make a podcast, and then making one.
Doing not just one, but two cleanses.
Crying watching the Chilean miners get pulled from the ground one by one.
December 12 – Body Integration This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present?
If you practice yoga regularly, the state of body integration becomes fairly commonplace. The same holds true of meditation. That’s why people do these practices and love them. They’re not all that hard to access really, if you know some tricks.
Pranayama, particularly kapalabhati or bastrika with kumbaks can get you focused and integrated lickety-split. It’s not that big of a deal. Whenever the ego is allowed to drop away, and the division between self and other can dissolve, even a little bit, bam. Integration.
December 11 – 11 Things What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life?
1. Guilt: over decisions and actions in the past that have no relevance anymore. Why am I still carrying this bag of garbage around? Remedy:Call for dumpster.
2. Fear: of the unknown, change, looking foolish, looking pathetic. Fear of operating heavy machinery, mice, the stock market, and my inability to understand tax laws, or what an annuity is, and a lot of the basic concepts of economics and banking. Remedy: therapy and research.
3. Procrastination: Resistance! What I resist the most is what I need to do most urgently. I know this intellectually, but I can’t seem to get over it. Ack. Remedy: Re-read The War of Art everyday.
4. 50% of the books on my shelves. (Oh, but that one has such beautiful illustrations…etc.) Remedy: Stop buying books, download them instead onto Kindle, then donate rest to Library sale.
5. 50% of the clothes in my closet. Remedy: Goodwill
6. More gray hair, more wrinkles, more signs of aging. This can all stop anytime now. Thanks. Remedy: Equanimity and highlights.
7. Any and all injuries and disabilities and pain, including sore toes and periodontal disease. Remedy: Care, Dr. Conte and foot doctor.
8. Lean to fat ratio. This could be much better. Remedy: Weight lifting.
9. Weak muscles. Remedy: Push-ups.
10. Complaining people (including me.) Remedy: Laugh at other people who complain. (They hate that.) Make a “No Complaining” resolution for self for this coming year.
11. Laziness. Remedy: Make things happen. Every day. No excuses.