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Archive for November, 2011

What are your patterns?

Do you have a system for making sure you get important work done?

Ever feel like you keep repeating the same mistakes?

Yogis recognized this human tendency for patterns thousands of years ago, and named it “samskara”.

Samskaras refer to the thousands of mental or mind “patterns” that we consistently repeat, and can be healthy, unhealthy, or just a neutral habit that you have.

For instance, washing the dishes after a meal or at the end of the day can be a healthy samskara…or a pattern.  You see the dirty dishes, and clean them.

Then there are samskaras that you’d be better off without. I’m currently trying to implement a “wash dirty dishes as they happen” policy for myself, as opposed to my existing samskara, which is to ignore dirty dishes until I can’t quite get to the sink.

Can you identify some of your “samskaras”?  Try for 2 positive ones for each negative one.

6 positive samskaras of Kristy’s

  1. I meditate each morning when i get up.
  2. I text people fun things when i think about them.
  3. I hug people I love really close.
  4. I try to identify more positives than negatives in situations.
  5. I have a ton of creative ideas for businesses and for going on dates. (Seriously, call me if you want to impress a date around St. Louis.)
  6. I can’t help but dance when someone says “Get up offa that thing”.

3 undesirable samskaras Kristy has.

  1. I deflect positive feedback and comments from other people
  2. I eat heavy food late at night
  3. I curse like a sailor when facing a difficult work problem.

Share yours with me!  I can’t wait to hear them…but the rule is 2 positive for 1 negative.

 

Appreciating 5 things daily

I’ve been taking an online course focused on improving my skills around relationships.

In this course (given by the very bright-eyed and happy couple, Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks) I’m learning ways to stop doing things that limit the love and joy in relationships, and start doing things that improve closeness and connection with the people I love most in the world.

No small feat…especially around the holidays when many of us worry over get togethers, dishes to prepare, and what to say to our relatives, will anyone like my Christmas gifts/Sweet potatoes and cranberry dish/outfit …and what have you.  (these are actual things I worry about…so you can share the ones you worry about too).

All this brings me to the point.  Today the focus of the video I watched was on Appreciation.

A “homework” item: before bedtime, appreciate 5 things about yourself and the day you had…and speak that appreciation from the heart.

This is a difficult task for me, as I feel a little shy naming things like this, and truthfully, I feel uncomfortable when my friends express appreciations.

It’s also difficult for me not  to do so from the heart…and not turn it into a sarcastic observation on something i don’t like about myself or the world around me.

I’m going to commit to making this a daily blog post for 7 days. Sunday to Sunday…just to see how it goes.

  1. I appreciate the endless curiosity I have, which is evident by the number of books and papers there are lying around my office.
  2. I’m thankful for the soft napping sounds of the Henry-the-cat, and Ginger-the-dog.
  3. I am amazed at my ability to provide for myself.
  4. I appreciate the time I have to myself for unwinding and getting creative over the long holiday weekend.
  5. I like my new shirt b/c it’s comfortable and has a pretty design on it.

Holiday Relaxation course

I’m planning to have yogic relaxation sessions in my house 4 saturdays towards the end of the year.  So come by and take a break from the “hustle and bustle”.

9-10:30 am each morning on the following Saturdays

  • Nov 19
  • Dec 3
  • Dec 10
  • Dec 17

I’ll be teaching the following pieces in each session:

  • The best way to relax for you specifically
  • What is relaxation?  and what is NOT relaxation?
  • Yoga Nidra (A technique that leaves most of us drooling and happy).
  • Simple ways to relax everyday (in 10 min or less).
  • Yoga postures and sequences that help induce relaxation.

To participate: Please comment below, or email me at kristy3m<at>gmail<.>com

The cost is $28 if you pay in advance and commit to all 4 sessions, or $10 per session if you decide to choose “ala carte” sessions to attend.

Wear workout clothes that allow you to move, bring your mat and a couple of yoga blankets.

To make this a part of everyday life, I suggest  Simply Relax cd by Rhonda Mills