Bliss Diary – July 12, 2015

Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started. — David Allen

Hello, Sunday! My morning wasn’t what I expected…there were dishes in the sink, toddler creations around the house, laundry pile, blueberries spilled on the floor, our dog peed and pooped inside and chewed up my one of my favorite headbands…then, a glitch when we transferred one computer to another and I lost some of my data which included deleting all my contacts on my phone.

Usually I move through things pretty fast, but I was feeling pretty crabby for about 30 minutes. I felt like I was going to cry with frustration, especially about the computer and phone stuff.

Then, I sat down to meditate. One of the text messages that was saved in the weird glitch was from our dear friend, Dave, who passed away in October. It’s been almost 9 months and I haven’t been able to delete his texts or his phone number. Sitting with his death in my meditation made my so-called “crappy” morning look like bliss.

I felt a rush of gratitude that I am still here (alive) writing these words. Then, I surrendered and shifted. This is the nature of life. Things come and they go. We come and we go. Everything passes. Sometimes the sun shines and sometimes  it rains. I was reminded that each breath I breathe is a gift. Truly a gift, no matter what the weather’s like.

Intention/Affirmation: I intend to get clear about what I want to complete during our declutter challenge on the Oasis. I want to get rid everything I don’t love and creating new systems to thrive. I am clearing space in my mind, home and life. #getthingsdone

Nutrition:
7:30 morning delight (same as yesterday)
11:00 strawberries and small piece of watermelon
12:45 salmon fillet from last night + small green goddess salad
2:30 chia lemonade
6:00 chicken + guacamole + bigger goddess green salad + fresh coconut meat + water

Movement:
20 minutes of rebounding
10 minutes of yin yoga before bed

Meditation: 15 minutes + 40 minute napitation

Body Goodness: I am surprisingly not that sore for my workout yesterday. My body feels good. Still moving through stuff. #detoxin’ Thanks to Ellen Mary, I am going to bring back daily skin brushing into my morning routine to help with the cleansing and stimulate the lymph system. I am also amazed at my success rate with naps. I laid down to do a guided meditation and didn’t think I was going to fall asleep and then…my son woke me up when he woke up from his nap. It had been 40 minutes. #queennapper

Mind/Heart/Spirit Goodness: My morning dealings with “stuff” plus the preparation for our declutter challenge next week has really inspired me. I want to elevate my habits in regards to organization/getting things done.

I’m going to dive back into my organization books:
Sink Reflections by Maria Cilley
A Mother’s Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Getting Things Done by Dave Allen
And, one of my favs Leo from zenhabits.net

I have a vision of what it will look and creating simplifying/organizational habits are essential to making that a reality. I must do them until they are just what I do, they become routine. I wouldn’t think of missing my meditation habit. I’ve done it for 8 years without missing a day (some days I was breastfeeding but still showing up). I’ve need to create a strong why and live into the benefits.

I sometimes put things off that don’t light me up. I want to read, write, create and be divinely feminine and not deal with phone calls, cleaning, little things that need to be fixed, etc. But, the reality is we all have to do these things, unless…we hire someone to do it all. Hmmmm, if I’m asking the question if I had it all my way… I may choose to include that in my desire list. 🙂 For now, I feel called to master this skill/habit more.

The ironic thing is when I do a bunch of completions and follow GTD principles I have more space in my life to create + do the things I love because I’m not dissipating energy on things I’m procrastinating on or things I haven’t finished yet. David Allen says:

If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.

Would love to hear what has worked for you. Books/Resources/Tips?

Gratitude & Appreciation: I am grateful for Whole Foods and the brilliant founder, John Mackey. I am grateful for RIE and all the parenting wisdom I’ve gained in the last 3 years. It has made life sooo much easier. I am grateful for our amazing communication as a family, we rarely have power struggles. I am grateful for the slow rhythm we’ve chosen to live in order to honor our son’s natural rhythm. I am grateful for all the time, money and energy we have to create the life we live, and for all the people that believe in us, support us and love us. #thankyou

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Bliss Diary – July 3, 2015

Everyone and everything is in some degree or other our teacher. — Jack Kornfield

Intention/Affirmation: I choose ease, grace and flow today.

Nutrition: 
morning delight
lemonade (longevity tea, lemons, stevia)
16 oz green juice
handful of olives, chicken, + few bites of yummy applesauce I made for the little guy
3 small squares of homemade chocolate
fresh coconut water/meat + coconut blueberry gelatin pudding

Movement:
* 30 minute walk in the meadow with doggie and E.
* 15 minute rebounding
* 15 minute walk pushing stroller for a trip to the store
* 5 minute family walk

Meditation: 45 minute napitation (15 minutes of guided and thenFullSizeRender 30 minutes of napping) + 25 minute napitation

Body Goodness: My son was tired this morning and requested to take a nap after our walk at 8:15 am. Normally he takes a nap between 11-12 ish. We read books and he napped and I meditated and napped too. Felt so good. I think if I have an eye mask and a guided meditation I can nap anywhere, anytime. 🙂

He then, took another nap around 1 pm so I did too. Whoa two naps. I feel like I’m on vacation. My body needs it. It feels like I’m working through something…it might be detox or something triggering my immune system to work a bit extra. The extra rest feels nourishing.

Mind/Body/Heart Goodness: Creativity. I’ve always been creative. It has shown up in different ways…as an athlete, a healer, a coach, a writer, a teacher, a lover of wisdom. My creativity mostly shows up in the way I live life. I like to think of myself more as a life artist. This artistry is vital for my soul.

One of the reasons I like minimalism and simplicity is because I want to streamline my to-do list to ensure I have plenty of time for soul work. I love to think about all the ways I can write, teach and create. My intention is to practice mindfulness in the mundane and be more productive (+ do less) so that I have the time and space to dance with my creativity. Win/Win baby.

I create because I’m happier when I do.  I create for the pure joy of creating, and to connect with myself and others. It fuels me. It gives me life. It doesn’t even matter if my critic thinks it’s not good. That’s not the point. The point is to express what is inside me to express. Show up and give myself (+others) the gift of creativity.

Gratitude & Appreciation: I am grateful for naps. I am grateful for the beautiful video of Maya Angelou on how love liberates. I am grateful for the awesome chat I had with my hubby and all of his wisdom and support. I am grateful for my blog and technology. I am grateful for connection. I am grateful for all of the spiritual masters who inspire and call us forth to a greater expression of our divine essence. I am grateful for my meditation practice. I am grateful for Zoey and Dave who aren’t physically with us anymore. They were both in my heart today. I am grateful for the play, love and joy they both embodied. May I continue to expand (even with tears of sadness) and carry their light with me.

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