Every year I take the days between xmas and New Year off, ostensibly to renew and refresh and declutter the house and my mind. But the past few years, too much has been going on at that time of year for me to achieve much of anything. Likewise, summer can be a time of rest and relaxation, especially after a weeklong vacation somewhere other than here. But this year? NOT. I traveled more than usual, in short stressful bursts. By my niece's wedding in August, I just wanted to stay home.
So Labor Day weekend turned into a go-nowhere-see-no-one-let-me-get-one-thing-done-dammit kind of break. I haven't exactly seen no one - my SO came over Saturday night for dinner and my daughter is coming over tonight for our semi-weekly walk - and I did make it to the DQ for a Peanut Buster Parfait, but otherwise I have been home. Alone. For three days. Aahhh!
The only to-do items on my list this weekend were 1) to meditate at least once each day (check) and 2) to jump start my yoga routine (check). I had not done any yoga for about a month, so I was leery about overdoing it, but after some initial soreness, the yoga muscles remembered. Thanks to gardening and walking, I have not lost much muscle tone. Initially, the flexibility was not there, but that has improved already. Yoga moves chi and unblocks energy channels - all that breathing and stretching and twisting - and it always feels good.
The meditation is my attempt to deal with work. I can't change the circumstances of my employment or my need to be employed (that money thing, you know), so I am trying to make an attitude adjustment, to make my work life more bearable. One solution has been to work at home one or two days a week, and that helps. I'm hoping the meditation will provide additional assistance, or at least quiet the excessive whining that goes on my head from eight-to-five each day.
Any meditators and/or yoginis out there?