Sunday, December 9, 2012

Meditation Journal Entry #4

After a "quiet time," I feel calm and relaxed.  It is difficult to to quiet the mind when thoughts are flying .  .  . but the investment has a BIG pay off .  .  .

Gratitude for--
breathing, I am especially thankful since my nose has been stuffy
a working mind that I have to slow down, dementia is cruel
legs that can get me from here to there, sometimes my knees work better than others
comfortable bed, it makes it hard for me to get out of it!
family that is loving, husband that peels a clementine for me when I'm not feeling my best :-)

Optimism -- trying hard to find the positive, the "sunny-side"

I am my own worst enemy.  I AM enough, I HAVE DONE enough, I HAVE enough.  It is a journey and I will NOT "arrive" .  .  .

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Meditation Journal Entry #1

My daughter and I started on Monday having a little quiet time, a little stretching together in the mornings.  Being she's in the 10th grade, it's a very special 15 or so minutes together, and we do a little devotion to prepare and strengthen ourselves for the day.

In my quiet times, it's becoming increasingly important that I think of the tasks at hand, not the task "list."  The "list of what to do" is created by me.  The "tasks at hand" are divine.

People first--ALWAYS before "stuff."  We are designed for relationship.  It's relationships we take with us when we leave this world.  "Stuff" will burn.

I have enough.  I do enough.  I am enough.  Enough is enough.

The awareness that I am causing most of my trouble is alarming.  God wants me to be with him.  Do His will.  "Men tend to multiply duties in their observance of religion .  .  . lulling the soul into a comatose condition."

It's not about me .  .  .

Words are important.  What I say does matter.  We taught kiddos the "Kids at Hope" pledge today:

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Breathing is a natural "reset" option that we don't nearly explore often enough .  .  .

This past week my daughter was upset when transitioning from one responsibility to another and my husband said, "breathe."

I was upset about a family squabble, and I was getting louder and louder as my emotions escalated and my husband again said, "breathe."

A parent at school stopped to share something, and I could tell she was trying to share something big. I gently said, "take a deep breath."

A kindergartner lost her head today and hit another child trying to do "her job."  We talked about impulsivity--how do you stop yourself when you have a bad idea?  We reviewed the breathing toolbox, and tried some choo choo breathing. 

I try to incorporate breath work in every lesson, and I'm always amazed how the entire class, the physical space, seems to calm with the deep breathing.

What an amazing tool in your toolbox?!  Breathe.  You can think more clearly.  Your body can work more efficiently.  And the price is right!

Sesame Street has a great Belly Breathing Song out on youtube!  My kids love it, and I love sharing.

The Breathing Toolbox --

Balloon Breath
Bees Breath
Breath of Joy
Bunny Breath
Choo Choo Breathing
Cooling Breath
Darth Vader Breathing
Dragon Breath
Flower Breath
Hands Flower Breath
Humming Circle
Square Breathing
Switch Breath

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ocean Om Yoga

I've enjoyed "Ocean OM Yoga" with Deni Ashby at Edisto Beach this month! If you are visiting Edisto, be sure to attend an 8:30 class on a Tuesday or Thursday morning at the Pavillion Tap Room.