Monday, November 1, 2010

A New 'Attitude'

I'm taking a bit of a break from artwork even though I have a show this week that I'm getting ready for-
the Fine Art of Fiber and a holiday expo next week. I know I should be getting price tags done and finishing up my necklaces/bracelets for both shows. Luckily the last art quilt is finished and all my fiber pieces are tagged and ready to go.

I think the fact that I'm taking a break is a 'new beginning' for me. I'm not stressed which normally I would be.
I am attributing that to the fact that I have started going to yoga classes. I originally went for the physical benefits. My lack of any real exercise over the past few years has really made me feel old & sluggish. Plus my back & neck problems had resurfaced and I thought yoga would be a great way to help tone those muscles and stretch out all the kinks.
Boy, does it stretch out those kinks and then some! I've visited 2 different yoga studios in my area and LOVE them both. Hard to decide which I want to stick with. My favorite classes are the HOT yoga classes.  Each instructor is different but so easy going and laid back-telling us to go at our own pace and let our bodies tell us what to do. The whole atmosphere at each class is very calming. We begin and end the sessions with intentions to make ourselves better in all aspects of our lives. We are very focused on breathing and staying 'in the moment' and also of  keeping the 'busyness' of our lives outside the walls of the yoga studio.It's like a combination of yoga, meditation and visualization. All of which is helping re-shape my mind as well as re-shape my body.
At Saturday's yoga class the instructor read us a little essay about  'attitude'  at the end of the class while we were in our final pose, letting our bodies 'melt' into the mat. I'd like to share that with you now:

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than
education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...
a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change
the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one thing we have, and that is our attitude...
I am convinced that life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.
And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes.
by Charles Swindoll

It really resonated with me and I am not only trying to 'be in the moment' and stay focused on what I'm doing
but I'm also trying to change the way I react to the little things in life that normally annoy me or upset me.
I'm hoping to keep at this yoga thing until I'm as flexible as possible! Both physically & mentally.

I will post my final finished art quilt- "Can't See the Forest for the Trees" the next break that I take.
For now I must go and finish my price tags, necklaces, bracelets, etc.
Live your life creatively~

p.s. all of the above pictures were taken in Wisconsin. a little day trip up to Lake Geneva several weeks ago before the BIG winds came and carried most of the gorgeous leaves away

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