a mary poppins moment (these are a few of my favorite things), to work through a bad mood i was in the midst of yesterday.
*seeing horses run – though i live just on the outskirts of metro indianapolis, my little community is somewhat rural. i drive one of my daughters to school and we pass by a homestead that has grazing alpacas and we pass by a few horse ranches during our 8 minute commute. sometimes, we see the horses running – no riders saddled on them, no sense of being constrained or controlled (though obviously they are running within a fenced enclosure). nonetheless, such spirit and power….two horses running at top speed, looking like they are playing chase and tag. how good it must feel to run if you are a horse! by the way, have you seen the documentary film released last year called, buck? it’s about the connection between humans and horses – fantastic film. i love seeing horses run.
*final relaxation (savasana) with my kids – from my experience of bearing witness to thousands of people relaxing in savasana, i believe that savasana tenderizes everyone who experiences it. the sharp edges of ego, or personality, or expectation are (temporarily) smoothed over. breathing becomes deeper and steadier. a gentle wave of quiet satisfaction washes over the participants. so, i feel it is my honor and responsibility to regularly guide my children into savasana – especially at the end of a long day, or if i am trying to divert a potential (or i didn’t quite get to it in time) meltdown. most often, this savasana occurs right before bedtime. i encourage the children to let go of their day. we create a present moment awareness. i help them to relax their bodies, rest their minds. as they become more in tune with the relaxation in their bodies, they are less likely to dwell on the bad day they may have had at school, or the fight they had with their sister an hour earlier. their defenses are down. sleep enters in. peace reigns. if you want to help yourself and the children in your life to experience mindfulness and relaxation, i recommend the book: planting seeds – practicing mindfulness with children, by: thich nhat hanh and the plum village community. i cannot say enough how much i love thich nhat hanh and the work he does in this world; and i love doing savasana with my children!
*sleeping outside – i love to breathe nighttime fresh air when i’m sleeping. sleeping outside allows me to star gaze or to notice what phase of the lunar cycle we are in. i ponder deep questions when i spend time under the night sky. brett and i set up a tent in our backyard. when the evenings are mild, we prefer to sleep in the tent rather than our bed. there is an undefinable sense of exhilaration that i feel when i wiggle in under the blankets and the nighttime air is cool and clean. we might see a bat. we might hear an owl. our sleep is deep and restorative. i wake just before dawn. i scurry into the house to warm up with asana and pranayama. i get centered and clear with meditation and prayer. i begin my day and eagerly await the nighttime when i can crawl back into my tent. i love sleeping outside.
what about you?! have you thought or written about what you love recently? care to share? much love and namaste, lisa d