Patience is: the bearance of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. and Yogic philosophy is always calm, present and aware.
Although we practice the asanas/poses we don’t always practice the philosophy. Staying in the moment , being calm and aware is not always the way we live. It is so easy to forget being in the moment. It is easy not to be calm.
There are times when I am in such earnest to reach a goal, that I forget to enjoy the journey of meeting the goal.
This last week has been difficult and this week will be a very BIG TEST for me. A test of patience and a week to truly practice AHIMSA.
I have spoken about Ahimsa -or- the love for all living beings. I must remember that this includes myself.
My taste tester suffers from migraines. Usually they will last about 4 days and then pass. Unfortunately not this time. We are on day 28 of a cluster-migraine episode. At times it hits him and he is in bed for most of the day in pain. Other times he is able to function normally. He can get out of bed, he can do various things he usually does, and although he still has a headache, he is able to get through the day.
The health of my taste tester is important, as is my own health. It is difficult to be at the store all day and then go home and nurse a bit of a grouchy taste tester at night. But this is what brings me back to realizing that all of this is a journey. A journey to find a balance between sickness and wellness. A journey to pack everything into a day that needs to get done and hoping that other things can wait.
Time for the mat to come out and really align my energy. I have been working through poses the eve before a long morning run, or practicing poses to open my hips and stretch my hamstrings in preparation of a run. I am totally afraid of an injury.
Maybe the injury I am worried about most are the injuries I carry in my mind. The days have become difficult to ease through. Most of the time I find myself wondering what I can do and what I can add to both my diet and my life to find peace and stillness.
Running helps tremendously. Usually the realizations that come to mind while I am running make me happy and I am filled with thought and awareness. Just then a bad behavior or a bad energy usually interjects at that moment and I allow it to hinder my growth. That is where the definition of patience is. Being able to not allow any hinderance of my life. physically, Mentally and Spiritually.
And then all at one I can hear the word “BREATHE” ring in! Breathe and stay focus, calm and aware!
“C’mon ladies let’s get through this race!” I yelled as we approached heart Rate Hill. “Don’t give up! Keep it going! Let’s do this!” I surprised myself as I heard my voice. It was the first time I have ever done that and I must say it felt great to encourage the ladies around me!
I ran the Brea 8k this weekend. It was a delightful race! That probably sounds crazy, but it is true! I really enjoyed my experience, but I feel as though I could have and should have pushed myself! I was so convinced that I would injure myself. I feel stupid about it now, but lets hope this weekend will be even better! It is time for the Mardi Gras 5k in Valencia again!
This year the course changed and I totally didn’t think Heart rate hill was as difficult as last year. Sooo that is positive. What is negative..I was 2 mins slower than last year which I really don’t understand, other than my own thoughts in my head. My left groin has been tighter than usual so I am trying to be careful…maybe too careful.
I have recently been trying different supplements to aid my runs. I tried the vega gel. That only makes me feel like I want to go to the bathroom. Something you definitely don’t want while you are in the middle of a 5 mile race and it is barely 2.2 miles in…Need I say More? I think not!
By the time I came down the final stretch headed toward the finish line, I felt great. The urgency to go to the bathroom faded to tolerable and I felt as though I probably could have run faster and about 3 or 4 more miles if not for that small issue…I felt great. Least until I saw my time. But I will let than one go. It’s just my ego messing with me anyway.
What does GI Joe say? “Knowing is half the battle?”
So how are things for you out there in the blog-o-sphere???
Thanks for reading!