For those of you who might not be aware I spent my formative years growing up in Africa, and although I’ve been living in Canada for almost 30 years, winter always catches me by surprise. I know it’s coming I change my wardrobe, get my house ready, purchase updated protective gear for my kids, celebrate Christmas and then winter comes. AGAIN!!! I KNOW!!!
It’s CRAZY that I’m surprised every time!! I’m surprised by all the challenges that living with such cold weather brings; surprised by the physical effects, by the emotional effects. I’m surprised every year!
Then I realized something; sometimes it can be this way with feelings. You may find yourself in a difficult situation. You may think you’re ready and then it happens and all those feelings and everything else comes back. AGAIN??? Surprise!!! You thought you had prepared and here you are AGAIN.
You know what? It’s OK; you are allowed to have those feelings. Because like me and winter, you get to choose how to deal with them. Sometimes all it takes is a change of perspective.
I go for Winter Yoga Walks. I bundle up and look for things that make me happy and I give myself credit for getting out of the house and coming up with the concept of a Winter Yoga Walk. Then instead of curling up into a ball; I give myself credit for going outside.
I start giving self-credit for every darn thing that it takes for me to handle winter. You know what? When I give credit for every little accomplishment that I have made; winter can be tolerable. With a change of perspective so can your situation. You are much stronger than you may feel at times. Give yourself credit.
I was listening to some vintage or classic rap recently while driving. I know its vintage because my kids love to remind me that anything that I know all the words to is quite dated or as they like to put it Old School. “The Power” a song by the German music group Snap! From their album World Power released in 1990 started playing.
Now this song is particularly known for its hook “I’ve got the power!” Singing along while doing some pretty awesome upper body grooving at a red light. (It is not wise to do much lower body moving if your driving.) I started thinking about power and light. This is what I came up with and I thought I would share.
Everyone has a light bulb inside of them.
You are the Operator of the switch.
Yes, you have the Power. The wiring is all set up.
What are you going to do?
I think you should…
turn it on
Oh, and if the switch seems to be stuck – check the bulb. Is your light turned on?
If it’s off, what can you do to turn it back on?
Do you need a new bulb?
The Bill is already paid up.
This song and thought process on a chilly February day is quite possibly one of the best Light Turner-On Activities I’ve ever come up with.
If you would like to enjoy the inspiration for this post here is the link.
Namaste, no pun intended..Danielle
Its summer time and most young people want to be as far away from learning as possible. However summer with its long rides up to the cottage, sun sets and waiting for fish to bite provides an excellent opportunity for you to hang with your kids and re affirm family values. As the gang was heading to a family reunion this past weekend. I started telling the kids about the people they were going to see…and where they came from. (Not the Birds and the Bees but our Family History).
Now there may be parts of your family history that you are not proud of, not every family has empty closets. However your family history is just that… History… It’s done and over… It is History… You can tell an edited version of any family story, and use it as a parenting tool. Perhaps you have some issues in your family that are not so nice…For example Uncle so and so who likes to drink lots of beer and tell jokes that make other people uncomfortable. “Why does he do that Mom???” ” Well Son if you take into perspective that Grandma was married at the age of 19 to Granddad who was 40 and a wounded World War Two Veteran it’s no surprise that sometimes things were a bit rocky in their relationship… and Uncle So and So had to step in when his parents were not handling things well. That’s why Uncle So and So acts the way he does sometimes, and is why Dad does not like to drink.”
Lesson taught, perhaps not quite learned, but it’s out there to be used as a parenting tool as situations present themselves. As I have mentioned before in previous blogs it works better with my kids when I admit that I have done something wrong or dropped the ball. The kids know that I am not perfect and nor is anyone else. But there are better ways to handle difficult situations and sometimes it’s best to know the whole story before you judge a person. And really what pre teen does not want hear the story of Great Grand Mother Betty who was married 3 times had 12 kids and was shipwrecked off of the coast of Newfoundland…She lived to be 98…and had bunions…just like Mom…and that’s why you have to carry that stuff because Moms feet hurt… (Warning if Mom has Great Grandmas feet she may have her extended expiry date…So be ready to have her around for a while!)” Please Mom stop now!!” How about you do you use Family Lore as a teaching tool??? Is History really History??? Let me know.
I don’t know about you but I have found that I instinctively avoid things that humble me. Things that I know that I am not good at or will look silly doing. I just really don’t want to do or try.
Like running, I’m top heavy (big chested) so I really don’t like running. Well that’s not true. I love watching people run, or anything run for that matter horses, dogs, bugs when they are running out of my sight, my cat, my kids (I know my kids are people, but they run around me a lot!!!) just don’t ask me to run… I am likely to fall on my face.I don’t like being humbled by my own body. Not a good thing for a Yoga Teacher, there is always room for growth.
Accepting my bodies limitations is different from being actually humbled. Like many things, humility can be taught one step at a time. Here are a some Non Bendy Yoga things that I try to do to become more adept at being humble.
-Admit when I mess up. No one likes to accept their own mistakes, but doing so builds character and sets a good example for others. I willingly try to admit to the little mistakes with minor consequences and most of the big ones too. Especially with my kids, when I say to them your right I did forget to sign the permission slip or another one of my many parenting faux-pas. They and I know that being a Yoga Mamma does not mean that Mamma is all Om or Namaste. This I hope will help to prepare all of us for the big mess-ups, which do inevitably happen.
-Learn from those around me, there will always be people who are better than us in certain ways. (Runners) Don’t envy or resent them, I try learn from them.
-Help others. The best way to become humble is by being humbled. By serving or teaching others, we send the message that their needs are more important than our own.
I suggest that if you wish to make lasting change, slowly add humble actions into your everyday life. The best way to make permanent change is to make humble behavior a habit.
When your roots are most firm, your branches steady in the winds, when you are the most prepared that’s when everything changes.
Believe me, it’s true.
As I watch the leaf pile raked up yesterday blow back across the lawn this morning it is again apparent no matter how much you prepare something unanticipated will happen.
You wake up, you know, the ritual, the players, the script, what the backdrop is, it is the same every single day. Partner, kids, moods, songs, food. If it does not go as planned you may get grumpy, (someone used the last of the milk) it sets the tone for your day, or does it???
It can be changed in an instant, a word or gesture, a call. The world has changed, you have changed, life is different and so are you, we may be resistant to change but it is a constant, which can be counted upon.
It’s good to have a constant even if it is change.
I guess this time I will put the hockey net over my leaf pile…That will hold them until the Kids play Ball Hockey.
Have you noticed any big changes this Fall Season ????
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