Last Week = Total Win

While I might have totally bombed the beginning of this challenge, I’m 100% in it to win it now. Not only was I awake by 8am every single day this week (except for today which was my legal cheat day), I was actually up and out of bed before 8am, rising between 7 and 7:15am every morning. Hah!

Before you give me too much credit though, I should mention that I was up so early because I was away in Kalamazoo for the last tier of my yoga teacher training which required me to be at the studio by 8:30am. So yeah, maybe it wasn’t an extra effort to adhere to this month’s challenge for the past 8 days, but that’s part of the reason I chose to do this particular challenge when I did. I knew having to be up so early every day for training would help get me into an early rising routine, which it absolutely did. Now staying in bed until 8 will actually feel like sleeping in—see what I did there?

So, not only am I 11 out of 13 so far this month, but I’m also officially a certified yoga teacher. Success all around!

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I’m a yoga school graduate, horray!

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Intention Setting, Week 2

As predicted, last week was a bit of a doozy (in a beautiful, yogic sort of way) and my time to do anything besides drive back and forth to Kalamazoo, practice yoga, and eat, was severely limited. A new week is upon us though, and tier one of my training has concluded so I’m back to a somewhat normal schedule for the time being. In fact, I’m in the midst of enjoying a real day off right now, complete with a mani/pedi and some sunbathing on the back porch. Ahhh, that’s more like it…

Here’s what you missed intention-wise while I was busy getting bendy and blissed-out last week:

9.17.13: Oh boy, this day was a real test in vairagya. My normal 1.5 hour commute to teacher training ended up taking a solid 3 hours due to an accident on the highway, making me over an hour late to Sangha. As much as I tried to let it go and keep it from getting the best of me, it really put a damper on my day (I was extra bummed because the traffic made me miss a good chunk of the lecture on twists, my absolute favorite, which was the asana category being covered that day). Daily intention to the rescue though, right? I tried, I did. In fact, I wrote down 7 intentions during my lunch break that I tried desperately to adhere to for the remainder of the day, but I just couldn’t snap out of the funk I was in. So…I made the intention to accept that I was mentally and physically exhausted and that it was ok. Every day isn’t going to be perfect and bad days happen to the best of us. Tomorrow is a new day, always.

9.18.13: Release all expectations. A quote from my yoga teacher Karina: “An expectation is a disappointment that hasn’t happened yet”.

9.19.13: Self doubt. Remember this quote from Gabrielle Bernstein’s  May Cause Miracles talk at Wanderlust Vermont: “What we admire in others is the parts of ourselves that we may not have developed or expressed yet”. YES.

9.20.13: Don’t pass judgement on others, or at least become aware of how often I do.

9.21.13 (my last day of training): Commit to following through with my YTT homework for the next few months: asana, meditation, bandha, and relaxation practice, reading, and a book report (ha!).

9.22.13: That time I forgot to take off the Sunday after my 8-day yoga training and had to work all day. Yep. I was so tired that I couldn’t even conjure up one lousy intention besides just making it through the day. Does that count?

9.23.13: RELAX (yes, I have to tell myself to do this)

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p.s. Happy Fall!

 

My First 5 Intentions

I may have written the introductory “Intention Journal” blog post last night, but I’ve been logging my intentions for the past few days—I just couldn’t seem to find a spare half hour to get that first post together, it’s a busy time over here in Wagis-World. Now that we’re up and running though, let me share what I’ve recorded so far:

9.12.13: Take Action.

9.13.13: Allow myself time to prepare. Get a good night’s sleep.

9.14.13: Be confident. Be vulnerable (can you tell this was inspired by my first day of yoga teacher training?).

9.15.13: Replace a negative thought with a positive one.

9.16.13: Practice (this is the key word here) vairagya: detachment, stepping back and letting go of that which does not serve me.

Are any of these resonating with you too? What was your intention for the day?

September’s Half-Lent: The Intention Journal

Greetings from Ann Arbor, Michigan! My new home away from home, where the people are friendlier and the lakes are bigger—like, way bigger (and also where they call liquor stores “Party Stores”, which is kind of awesome, right?). Before I get down to lent business though, I just wanted to extend a quick “thank you” to everyone for bearing with me during this move. Having time off from blogging was 100% necessary for me to wind down my time in Boston and to settle into my new life in the midwest, and I’m grateful for your patience with my infrequent posting. That being said, I think I’m ready to get back at it. Ready…set…lent!

My goal was to do a full challenge for September, but um, yeah…moving was moving (ie. it sucked all the life out of me), I dove full-force into work (I’ve only had one real day off since we rolled into town), and oh yeah, I started a 200-hour yoga teacher training yesterday at Sangha Yoga in Kalamazoo, MI. Woah, slow down Dzenawagis…aren’t you taking on a little too much?

Probably, but hey, at least I’m busy with practicing yoga and meditation all day, right? Could be worse. Besides being a little tired, I’m feeling good, so I’m going with it for the time being. Things will slow down again soon enough, it’s all part of the ebb and flow.

But I digress…

So, I was at the Paper Source the other day and stumbled on this little gem which totally sparked my lent-brain: an intention journal.

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Basically, it’s a cute little 388 page book full of blank pages prompting you to fill in the date and continue the sentence: “Starting today, I will…” Here’s what the description on the back of the book says:

“Whether you’d like to focus on the present, be a better listener, or give people the benefit of the doubt, writing down your daily intentions allows you to live each day a little bit better. Filled with a year’s worth of insightful prompts and inspiring quotes, this keepsake journal provides a space for you to discover your true intentions and become the person you want to be—starting today”.

SOLD.

So, for what’s left of this month I’m doing a sort-of “half-lent” and recording a personal daily intention each morning. I’ll be sharing them here on the blog, but be warned—yoga school might take over this week, so check Instagram and Twitter if I go missing again.

Does anyone want to share a daily intention of their own? I’d love to see some of yours too.