For the past few years my New Years Resolutions have been focused more on acts than getting rid of bad habits (example. stop eating unhealthy shit, quit drinking.. workout more..) basically all the things people say their going to do but by March or April have already gone back to all their old habits. Last year I chose to do Random Acts of Kindness. Although I may have not gone as out of my way on this as I had intended I did have this thought in mind all year and will continue this act through out 2013 and every year after that. This year my focus will be on not holding back, not letting anything stop me from whatever it is I want to do. Not letting myself say “No” when I know I can, not worrying about being the best. And remembering that its better to fail trying than to not try at all. Looking back on last year there were many times where I went into a situation expecting to fail. Even the simplest things I made hard for myself. Two things that stand out are #1 Jury Duty… was it really THAT hard? No… basically you get paid (very little) to sit in a room that’s 2 degrees and listen to a bunch of lawyers use big words and say the same thing over and over 5000 different ways. Seriously trips me out the amount of $$$ they are paid an hour to be there and not ONCE were any of them on time… Moral of the story.. I’m $188.08 richer than I would have been if they hadn’t picked me after 3 LONG days choosing their Jury. I hope I NEVER have to have my fate decided by a jury.. AND I’ve been on time more than some of the greatest lawyers in the Country! =) That’s pretty awesome.
The second thing. Working at 24 Hour Fitness. Yep most of you don’t even know I even worked there. But I did! One whole.. LONG month. I’ve been stuck with a bunch of credit card debt for almost two years and needed to pay it off but was barley breaking even with what I was making working part time at Pure Barre. Basically everything I made was just enough to cover food, gas, and ONE manicure a month. What like I’m not going to get my nails done? … yeah right… The rest went to my credit card bills leaving me nothing left for fun and shoes!! =( Anyways.. I was so scared of messing everything up while I was there. Learning a new POS system, opening, closing procedures.. sounds hard right? Really… I acted like someone had asked me to be the freakin president and was beating myself up cause I didn’t know how. But when it came down to it I’m at a point in my life right now where I just have to follow my heart and I don’t work for $8.00 an Hour!! That is crazy.. My time is worth so much more than that and more importantly my heart just wasnt there. But with that being said, I have nothing but good things to say about the Pasadena Halstead 24 Hour Fitness Team. They are great, friendly and welcoming. Which is hard to find when it comes to retail/service jobs. And although my time there was short and sweet… I paid off TWO credit cards and was able to start off 2013 credit card debt free. =)
Look to this Day
Look to this day, for it is life,
The very life of life,
In its brief course lies all the realities
And verities of existence:
The bliss of growth, the splendor of action
The glory of power.
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today, well lived, makes every yesterday
A dream of happiness!
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day
~ancient Sanskrit poem~
Aum (or OM) is a mantra, or vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions. It is made up of three Sanskrit letters, aa, au and ma which, when combined together, make the sound Aum or Om. It is believed to be the basic sound of the world and to contain all other sounds. It is said to be the sound of the universe. What does that mean?
Somehow the ancient yogis knew what scientists today are telling us–that the entire universe is moving. Nothing is ever solid or still. Everything that exists pulsates, creating a rhythmic vibration that the ancient yogis acknowledged with the sound of Aum. We may not always be aware of this sound in our daily lives, but we can hear it in the rustling of the autumn leaves, the waves on the shore, the inside of a seashell.
Chanting Aum allows us to recognize our experience as a reflection of how the whole universe moves–the setting sun, the rising moon, the ebb and flow of the tides, the beating of our hearts. As we chant Aum, it takes us for a ride on this universal movement, through our breath, our awareness, and our physical energy, and we begin to sense a bigger connection that is both uplifting and soothing.
Meditation is a single lesson of awareness which brings health, happiness, joy and peace into your life. Meditation helps you reach Supreme Conciousness, awaken your Charkras (energy centers), and purify your physical and psychic bodies. Meditation also awakens Divine Love in your heart, and heals your relationships and helps you experience True Love and friendship.
Yoga training comprises of the following:
These are special physical postures, which strengthen the body and balance the hormone secretions, control the propensities, cure many diseases without medication and maintain good health, beauty and long life.
Pranayama is a science of breath control techniques and exercises, which creates a balanced functioning of body, mind and vital energy. Good breath is the foundation of healthy body, mind and soul.