Thursday, April 3

Thankful Thursdays

So Thursdays are my day to give thanks. I'm thankful for:

  • My husband's birthday today and for good friends to enjoy it.
  • Sing Star and Guitar Hero - great entertainment for having friends over.
  • The opportunity to see my parents and friends this weekend and for the baby shower they are throwing me - so excited!
  • Friends who listen to me complain and bitch and still like me afterwards.
  • It almost being Friday.
  • Being able to sleep until 7:30 a.m.
  • Our dog Charlie not jumping on our guests at the door tonight - huge accomplishment!
  • Yoga.
  • My bump being out versus wide.
  • Our baby growing strong and more frisky every day.
  • The present moment.
Thank you life!

Tuesday, April 1

Reach for your joy

"When you feel enthusiasm to do something, it means you've lined up the Energy, and you are being inspired to take action from that point of alignment. When you don't feel like doing it, don't push yourself, because your effort is not worth it. But, when you line up the Energy, the feeling of procrastination goes away."

"You have been oriented that you must pay a price in order to get somewhere, and in the process, you’ve come to believe that getting there must be really important, therefore, it must be your purpose. And we say, but if you’re not getting to joy, then you’ve gotten nowhere. Joy is really where you’re going."

~ Abraham-Hicks

Lately I've been inspired to concentrate on writing beyond my blog and submit articles to various publications, mainly about yoga. One morning I woke up and just began free-flow writing with such passion and enjoyment - it was exhilarating. With the baby coming though, I feel like I should be solely concentrating on our baby's arrival. Yet, when I think about writing on my love of yoga, I have such joy and energy I feel like it is the direction I am supposed to be moving towards, as Abraham speaks about above.

Prenatal yoga pose: hip circles (1:37)

Monday, March 31

Meditation Monday - your heart

"Yoga is the uniting of consciousness in the heart."
~Yoga Sutra 1.2

"United in the heart, consciousness is steadied, then we abide in our true nature - joy."
~ Yoga Sutra 1.3

Above are the first two Yoga Sutras, a book of sayings or "threads" that speak to the spirituality of yoga and was written thousands of years ago by yoga sage Patanjali. Currently I'm reading The Secret Power of Yoga, and it speaks about the sutras as they apply today, especially to women. As author Nischala Joy Devi states, these two sutras focus on how "we are all divine" and illustrate who we are both inside and out. She also writes it's "important to remember that you are not the only one who is Divine. Everyone is the same as you, just housed in different containers, shapes and temples, embracing the same essence."

Utilize these two sutras in your daily meditation practice and within your life. Instead of trying to control your mind, realize that your consciousness abides in your heart, and as Devi puts it "the heart responds more readily to tenderness, and gentle, caring treatment of your consciousness is the best way to liberate it."

Meditate from your heart and joy will follow.

Sunday, March 30

Meet my little jicama

Thirty-two weeks pregnant; can't believe I only have two months before meeting this little guy or gal... FREAKY! He or she is about 3.75 pounds or as big as a jicama - which is what, you may ask? On it said, "It's a strange looking vegetable that appears to be a cross between a coconut and a horseradish root. But it's the size of about a honeydew melon."

Not only is the baby gaining weight, but so is Mama! It seems like air has calories these days. Everyone keeps saying it's all in my stomach, however I saw a photo from my first baby shower that made me beg to differ! My face was HUGE like a pumpkin. And I still have two months to go. Even though I haven't gained that much weight, since the pattern is to gain a pound a week from here on out, I'm probably going to gain more than the recommended allotment. Oh well I guess.

Speaking of our first baby shower, my coworkers were so overwhelmingly generous! They pooled together enough to give us a stroller/car seat combo, the second base to the car seat and a bouncy seat. Plus one (my former walking buddy) knitted a beautiful blanket. Isn't that amazing? I almost started crying from the kindess displayed.

With the new-baby necessities and my growing knowledge of how to take care of a newborn - I've been scouring baby books and magazine articles this weekend - I am feeling more confident about being a new mom.

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