As we enter the first days of Spring, there’s an urge to make big decisions about the upcoming season. It’s anything from career, family, finances and personal growth. Before we make a big decision, we get physically and mentally fit.
When we are fit we have less stress and are more present. Our muscles and brain are oxygenated and we think more clearly. Worries and fears are less magnified and we have a good sense of what is real vs. imaginary (most of it’s imaginary, by the way).
Going for a walk, meditating, taking deep diaphragm inhales and exhales…as well as toe breathing, where we feel the inhalations inflate our toes – are fun exercises we enjoy to breath more deeply.
When fit, we find decisions emerge from a more grounded and present place.
If Winnie the Pooh could tweet then this would be his version of Kalidasa’s Look To This Day…all tidely packaged within the 140 character limit:
“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.
Now here is Kalidasa’s non tweetable version. Same message just as beautiful.
“For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence.
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendour of achievement
Are but experiences of time.
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision;
And today well-lived, makes
Yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day;
Such is the salutation to the ever-new dawn!”
The word of the day: NOW!
The best time to plant a tree is 10 years ago. The next best time is NOW!
After a stretching session remember to drink a glass of water. Avoid the temptation of drinking while stretching, but stay hydrated before and after the session.
Try the following exercise when you have a drink of water at the end of the session:
Slow down and take a deep breath. Wiggle your toes and feel the floor supporting you. Relax your shoulders and jaw.
Imagine each sip of water swirling through your body from top to bottom.
Focus on the brain with the first sip and feel the water washing through your head onto your brain and the sides of the skull.
The next sip of water washes over your shoulders and into your lungs. The next sip sloshes down your arms and into your finger tips You get the drill? Elbows, buttocks, knees. Rinse out your body. The cold water moves through your body and dilutes the toxins.
It’s like rinsing out a dirty canister.
With the final sip imagine all the water slowing seeping out of your feet and into the floor. Let gravity be gravity. The floor is thirsty and will drink it up.
The exercise slows you down and makes you conscious of your body from your nose to toes.
It’ll clean you out, ground and recharge you.