#14: Prompt: Appreciate. What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it?
In 2010, I have come to appreciate two things: friendship and health. To express my gratitude for friendship and to show how much I appreciate the people in my life, I show them respect, love them unconditionally and try to understand we can all be just plain shitty to one another sometimes, sometimes without reason at all.
“I am in love with being loved.” It’s true.
Health is an issue that has appeared in my direct life and further distanced life has shown up in 2010. It is unbelievable how much people suffer, how much they deal with, how much pain some humans go through, how much my close friends and family go through as the support team. I express gratitude by being a support, a shoulder to cry on, and being happy for the healthy (for the most part) person and life I have been blessed with.
#13: Prompt: Action. When it comes to aspirations, its not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step?
Keeping my mind, eyes, and life open to opportunities that could come up all while allowing myself to keep calm and rock on!
#12: Prompt: 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?
This past year I really feel I got into a solid yoga workout/routine, or at least when I could make it. My body loves hot yoga and I love watching my body in the positions looking more and more correct each time I go. Seeing my standing bow come into almost full form is just plain awesome! Two months ago I went to a meditation/yoga class and went into a Shavasana – it was 15 minutes and it was a cohesive ME – alive, present, one mind and body. I later word vomited – I felt so alive and present that it was a state of “pure mind drunkenness” and just had to get what I was holding back out.
This event occurred about two weeks after a three-day trip to Seattle to see a friend. It was the most mellow I had been in a while – I spent a lot of time just being present, resting and resetting my mind and body, not feeling “on”. I just got to sit, read, observe, watch boats go by, co-pilot - not be the planner, “entertainment,” or any of those other roles I can play in a daily life. It was the weirdest feeling – being in this state – I really can’t describe it. I am not the one to not have something to say, something to laugh about, something to do. I was quiet, mellow, but very present, and simply being. My friend was right as we headed to the airport he said something along the lines of “you left feeling well fed, rested, and loved.” That was so true and more so what I really, truly needed at that time in 2010. I was exhausted emotionally and physically. That was the first real vacation I have had in a while, a loooooog while, and I think I had forgotten what it was to simply be.
#11: Prompt: 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?
Hmm…. WOW! I think I will be taking 2011 to truly figure these out, how to best eliminate them and the changes they will bring about. But here is a quick list of things that are on the tip of my tongue.
1- Negative People
2-Lack of Self-Confidence
3-People who don’t respect me
4-People/Things that waste my time and try to make me unhappy (I am happy 99.9% of the time, because I want to be and just am. I do recognize reality and no I am not on happy pills.
5 – People that don’t love me for who I am – the good parts, the bad parts, and all those in between
6- People who bring me or put me down
7- People who don’t know how to have fun (I can have/find fun in any situations)
8- People who don’t laugh or smile enough – being alive is such a special gift we have been given and it is so beautiful – why not enjoy it
9-Close-minded people – I know I can be close-minded sometimes and that is something I am also working on – OPEN YOUR EYES AND MIND!
10 – People that are fake – be who you are, be passionate, be alive, just be – but be you!
11- I am keeping this one open for now for a doozie
Whew! Did it!
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