Anyways, I borrowed Kathryn Budig’s Aim True yoga dvd from the library. I looked at the cover and saw her smiling back at me in a strong contorted pose… and thought: Oh, geeze… that’s crazy… doesn’t her neck hurt doing that? Since having thought that, I’ve practiced yoga along with the dvd about 7 times. There is something really exciting about getting stronger and more flexible… and being able to see that progress in my practice. With her flow, I’m using my muscles more and in different ways. Hopping my feet to the front of the mat… dolphin pose to help me build up strength for inversions… (and the big one) heart openers that are much more open than I’m used to doing.
I’ve been kind of obsessed with the feelings of the heart, lately (the heart chakra, the divine in the heart, you know that feeling?), and for a while convinced myself that maybe I didn’t have a heart. But I’ve since realized that I was just thinking about it wrong. We all have hearts. lol. I have a heart. I’ve just been guarding it for a really long time.
So, for me, building up my physical strength is a kind of stepping stone for me to believe in my mind that I’m strong enough (I’m worth it, I’m enough) to not have my guard up all the time. My heart (my love) is strong and confident enough to feel all of my experiences. I’m letting the walls of my heart come down… more of the time. I’ve mentioned before how I’m taking things slowly… not jumping into the next new thing right away… really learning who I AM. This is one of those things that I’m doing slowly… it’s a new habit – a new practice – in my everyday life to let myself be open and accepting… to love myself and others unconditionally. Here’s to more *clink*!
1. Beets (root and greens)
2. Olive oil
3. Real Salt
1. Cut beet roots into small pieces (cube-ish sized pieces about 0.5×0.5 inches). Start steaming them.
2. Cut off greens from beets, chop and sauté with some olive oil and real salt.
3. When steamed beets are soft, they’re ready to eat!
4. When the greens get a little crispy here and there, they’re ready to eat!
5. Plate with some quinoa (or grain) and avocado and yum.