New Year’s Eve has come and gone,
and I skipped my ritual: picking a Rune.
Hey… what can I say… I haven’t been my usual self, lately.
(does this mean I’m my unusual self? what is that?!!)
But better late than never, so here goes:
Flow Water That Which Conducts
Unseen powers are active here, powers that nourish, shape and connect. The attributes of this Rune are water, fluidity, the ebb and flow of emotions, of vocations and relationships. Laguz fulfills your desire to immerse yourself in the experience of living without having to evaluate or understand. It speaks to the satisfaction of emotional needs, to the awakening of the intuitive or lunar side of your nature. For while the sun strives for differentiation, the moon draws us toward union and merging.
This Rune often signals a time for cleansing: for revaluing, reorganizing, realigning. A Rune of deep knowing, Laguz may call for you to study spiritual matters in readiness for self-transformation. Success now lies in contacting your intuitive knowing, in attuning to your own rhythms. A Rune of the self relating rightly to the Self, Laguz signifies what alchemists called the conjunctio, or sacred marriage. In fairy tales, it is the end where the hero and heroine live happily ever after.
This is what my tiny flat looks like and will continue to look like till I get myself a gym membership. That’s my yoga mat on the left and I figure what’s the use of unrolling it and rolling it again three times a day when I can just leave it there, ready for action.
Two days into the challenge, I’m already reaping the rewards: pain in my shoulders, pain in my calves. My calves are the worse — maybe I should have started with 10 minutes on the rebounder instead of 20. But it sure is fun!
Mornings are what I’m most proud of. The strict NO INTERNET rule is something I needed in order to stop going to my emails and Facebook as soon as I woke up. Now, with the stretching and the conscious breathing and the meditation, my mornings don’t seem so insane. I’ve started to reconnect with my body and my soul — YES!
No internet is harder to handle in the afternoon. When lunch comes around, I miss it. So as of week 2, I’ll drop the ban — the goal was to stop going online as soon as I woke up and to spend my mornings away from it.
Meditation: Yesterday, I went for 10 minutes. Today, I went for 15. I like it. I should be able to hit my 20-minute goal by the end of week 1… or even before.
I won’t be reporting every day, the idea was to do it every monday. But I’ll post now and then just so you know how things are going.
Getting into the groove. Taking it easy. Don’t want to burn out. Don’t want to get bored. Don’t want to hurt myself, either.
Slow train comin’…
I was at my son’s place, yesterday, to take care of his dogs while he was away. So I slept there and, of course, woke up there this morning. Normally, I wouldn’t have started the challenge today. I would have postponed it because What?! I can’t start my challenge if I’m not home!
Normally, I wouldn’t have started the challenge this week. I’m leaving for Montreal on thursday to house-sit for a friend and I’ll be away for 8 days, maybe more. I would have postponed it for sure because What?! I won’t have my rebounder and my yoga mat and my weights and how in the world will I do my workouts?
This is a “do-what-you-can-with-what-you’ve-got” challenge. When I’m home, I have a few pieces of equipment I can use, but if I’m away from home, I can skip rope instead of jumping on the rebounder, and I can still do my crunches and push-ups on the floor. There are alternatives to lifting weights: a resistance band will easily fit into my bag or I can add more push-ups. Walking up and down stairs, taking a brisk walk, disco dancing till I drop… there’s ALWAYS a way to work out.
So no more excuses.
These are not “normal times,”
these are “shape up or ship out” times.
(may be modified)
wake up at 7:45
stretch (5 min.)
conscious breathing (5 min.)
meditation (20 min.)
breakfast — no computer, no book, no reading whatsoever / conscious eating while listening to music (30 min.)
brisk walk outside; if the weather is bad, disco dance inside (15 min.)
writing and/or drawing (3 hours)
lunch — forbidden to open computer / open book at random and read both pages… or more, if I feel like it (60 min.)
writing and/or drawing (2 hours)
rebounder (20 min.)
weights (will fill you in on my routine as I go along)
abs (varied exercises)
GET OUT OF THE HOUSE — walk… meet people… enjoy life!
supper — computer time!
social networking, blog posting, etc.
go to bed as early as possible, preferably no later than midnight (I’m starting tonight… because I went to bed at 4:30 this morning — this Night Owl will need LOTS of discipline!)
drink at least 3 litres of water each day
eat fruit or nuts or some sort of snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon (5 small meals a day instead of 3 big ones)
The challenge will last till the end of the year — 134 days!
P.S.: I’ve decided to go back and read Nicole Cody’s GRATITUDE CHALLENGE posts. When I was doing the challenge, I didn’t take the time to reflect on everything because I was so busy doing it my way. So back to Day 1 and all the good vibes… YES.