Stop, sit and meditate

Many people I look up to and trust have been giving me the same message for some time now: Meditate.

One of the “jokes” in the yoga world is that when you don’t have time for yoga is when you need yoga. I believe the same applies for meditation.

Many of my yoga teachers make meditation part of their public classes. And they talk about its importance.

Mary, who is a teacher in my teacher training, is the main teacher focusing on meditation for my classmates and me.

In December for one Saturday class we focused on meditation and Mary had us do a homework project, which involved meditating 20-30 minutes a day for 10 days. I did the practice for the required time and once it was over I stopped meditating.

My therapist at some point asked to to start meditating. My resistance to it was that my yoga home practice time is limited and I don’t want to give half my time to meditation.

But then she told me something that hadn’t even occurred to me: you can meditate for one, two or three minutes. Once your life allows for a longer meditation you can meditate longer.

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Being a Worry Wort can cause some serious issues

“I am an old man and I have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened” –  Mark Twain

The stats vary … 95% 92% 85% 40% … of what we worry about never actually happens. I heard a quote on the radio the other day that 95% of what we worry about never actually happens.

I am a worrier for sure.

I play many scenarios in my head and get upset for no reason. And yup, most of those scenarios never actually become reality.

After hearing the 95% stat I decided to research it and that’s when I found various percentage stats …

Regardless of the number most of our worries never actually happen.

Statistics coming out of 12 Techniques to Stop Worrying (I couldn’t find an attribution to the stats):

  • 40% never happens.
  • 30% of what we worry about has already happened.
  • 12% are needless worries.
  • 10% are petty and unimportant.
  • 8% of what we worry about actually happens. Of this percentage…
  • 4% of our worries that happen are beyond our control.
  • 4% of what we worry about we have some if not all control over the results.

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Sweating with the yogis

I realize my blogging has been minimal lately. I am either too lazy to blog or too busy. One extreme or the other. No fear–I will get back into my flow, soon, I hope.

Because tomorrow is a holiday, today it was a half day at work. So I worked from home.

Because of my early day I was able to attend Sean‘s 4:30 Vinyasa class. I rarely get to take his class because I just can’t be there on time.

His class is always challenging, always sweaty and always pushes me. But at the same time he encourages his class to listen to their body and take a break when needed.

Sean’s class today was probably the sweatiest I have ever gotten in a yoga class. And I have taken many sweaty yoga classes.

I was sweating so much that it was getting in my eyes and up my nose. I told Sean I had trouble breathing because the sweat was going right up my nose. His response, I take that as a compliment.

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