Quick update

Doing my best and making lots of positive changes in my life. Work has been busy and I have a blog post about yoga that I am working on for release this Sunday! My hope is to make this an ongoing series of articles on specific topics that helps to demystify yoga and bring some good resources to you.

Sat Nam!

Alex

Biking to Work

This week I took my bike to work two days this week! Luck would have it that I chose the two coldest days this week to ride to work. While this wasn’t that bad part because I layered up and kept peddling and got pretty warm. The part I wasn’t thinking of was how I like to do things after work like going to yoga class and that it would take longer to get home. In this post, I hope to share some of the successes and failures that I had with my attempts to bike to work.

Now for a little about my bike! I ride a Panasonic Sport 500 steel framed road bike that I had picked up while living in Pennsylvania in the Suburbs of Philadelphia. It had been refurbished and has these wider tires than a road bike would normally have but with some of the potholes and the general state of the roads here in Memphis, these make of a smoother ride.  I have a rear bike rack that came with the bike and I have two pannier bags that are perfect for groceries or all of my things for work.

On the first day when I rode to work I beat everyone to work and was sitting outside waiting for someone to come and unlock the building, that was a cold and long wait but it was well worth it to be early to work I felt extra prepped and ready to go for everything that my day threw at me. But the thing that I had forgotten was that I had to be at work late that night and would have to face some harsh traffic in order to get home. But lucky, I managed to get a ride home and that saved me from having to cross a major highway at 6:00pm. I then went to a Reiki share and gave Reiki to two clients and that was an amazing gift to end the day with.

My route to work has become easier to navigate and I am more comfortable with making the journey across the city and I also feel better about my riding on the streets. Now on the second day was again the first person to arrive… I was again prepped and ready for everything my day threw at me. But I was really tired from having been up late and trying to be awake at 4:00am so that I could bike to work. I think the two yoga classes I took that night after work also did me in. Needless to say Thursday and Friday I chose to drive to work because I had overdone it.

I want to share some key pieces of gear that I think you need to bike commute. I have a rechargeable headlight and tail light that makes me visible to drivers on the road. These are a must have if you are going to do any kind of biking on the roads. They seemed to work well for me I will include a link to the ones that I have on my bike. The next must-have item would be a rack of some sort on your bike. You can get away with using a backpack for awhile but this will most likely leave you with a sweaty back. If you plan on this being your main mode of transportation to and from work you will need some bike fenders. My bike doesn’t have any but maybe on a future set up, I would like to have them.

My verdict is that I enjoyed riding to work and with enough time to prep and the right gear this can be something I could do multiple days of the week!

Sat Nam,

Alex

Two Weeks

I have practiced a daily meditation now for about two or three weeks and it is one of the best things I have ever done. I feel a deeper sense of who I am. I have been sleeping better, having better dreams, and generally more positive interactions with the people in my life.

Here are three quick tips to get started:

1- If you are a total newbie there are some great free apps that will get you started! I recommend Stop, Breathe, and Think. It comes with some great tracks and it asks how you feel mentally and physically. Which it helps to figure out which meditation to have you back on track.

2- My second tip is to pick a time of day I strongly recommend early in the morning! This can forever shift what your days look like take it from me I hated getting up in the morning dreaded hearing my alarm before going to school growing up. Now I will get up and start my day with a short meditation and it gets me on my way to my day! If you can’t do that take 5 minutes in your car before entering your place of work!

3- If you fall off get back on! Consistency will make it easier and easier it will also open up new doors. Be prepared for every day to be different.

Hope these few tips are helpful!

Sat Nam,

Alex

Watching the Sunrise

I was in Florida for Christmas break and I took the chance to go to the beach and watch the sunrise. The first day I tried to go there was fog and we didn’t get to see the sun crest above the horizon and illuminate the water and sky. So I went home and vowed to return the next day. I mean I live in Memphis and there is a sunrise like the one you can see in Florida anywhere around.

My father and went back to the beach witnessed a truly amazing sunrise it was something that I will not soon forget. But this past week my mom sent me pictures that they had gone together to watch the sunrise, which made me so happy I want to see my parents enjoy there lives together because of all that they had done for me and my sister.

I had started this post before they had done that and I am glad that I had put this down and picked it back up. I think that is an important part of the creative process work on something and allow it time to breathe and then revisit it. You will always be surprised with what you come up with I know that has always been true for me.

What creative pursuits are you taking in 2018? Don’t be shy!

Back soon with more.

Sat Nam,

Alex

2018 New Year Resolutions

I don’t personally prescribe the idea that I can make major changes to my life and have them turn out as I envisioned by taking the first day of the year and trying to change everything about myself. That’s why I am posting this on January 2nd.

I argue that we should spend time setting intentions and then those intentions become our thoughts and our thoughts become the actions that we move into reality. In this post, I just want to share how I use this practice to help me advance myself towards a goal and how I have failed on some of these things.

Okay, how do I sent an intention?

Think it, speak it, repeat.

First I take time to carefully develop this intention. Usually, my intentions are about a broad area of focus, for example, my health and well-being. Severally years ago I decided that my diet was going to be an area of improvement for a new year. (this has been the only one I have managed to make work out) I choose to eat a vegetarian diet. I have worked at it now for about 5 or 6 years. So how did it stay stuck this long I set the intention that I needed to improve my overall health and I saw this as being a great way to achieve this goal.

So taking that same example of going vegetarian I then proceed to speak it in my mind and out loud to myself. Then I would write about what I was going to do to execute on this change and like I have said this has worked out for me.

Let me know what your intentions are for 2018 and how it goes for you!

Sat Nam,

Alex