Monday, October 1, 2012

deep needs: knitting, car maintenance, and yoga

Wow. Autumn is finally here, officially speaking. I am always so sad to see the summer fade into distant memories, almost like "Christmas Past" from the Charles Dickens novel. It feels as though it is an abyss to never be seen again but yet it comes around faster than one might think. I know that as I get older, I feel the seasons change and time move in a different way from when I was younger, mostly because the seasons seem to affect me more and more both in good and challenging ways.

 I feel as though lately with the transition from summer to fall, I have had a few 'deep needs.' For instance, getting things in order, organizing, decluttering. I cleaned out my office nook recently and organized and purged, shredded and did some much needed data entry and e-file cleanup. Also, I have this deep need to move my body. I have been hitting the gym more, getting on my yoga mat again, and sweating out my junk. It is becoming more and more apparent that I need to listen to my 'deep needs,' no matter what they are. It is in our intuition that we learn the most about ourselves and the world.

On a fun note, I took a learn to knit class a few weekends ago. I decided that in keeping with my theme of trying new things this fall, knitting was in order. I have always wanted to learn and finally, I signed up for a class at the local neighborhood knit/yarn shop down the street from my house. I am in love with it and it is keeping my hands busy at night, helping me wind down. It also humbles me to know I am always in process.

The Man and I (mostly The Man) has been getting my car maintenance up to date. We did some big work recently (Transmission fluid flush, coolant flush, spark plug replacement, cap and rotor, etc.) I absolutely abhor car work. I hate it but I am SO INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL for The Man because he does it. I merely go with him, buy the stuff that he needs, and he does it. The car maintenance is such an incredible metaphor for life in general. We all have those things we hate doing yet know they are necessary and when we keep putting them off, it does nobody any good. Find a way to get it done and JUST DO IT.

I also got back on my yoga mat the past few Sundays. It feels so good to stretch and breathe. Yoga is my grounding place. It's my thing. Yet, similar to the car maintenance, I leave it off the list. It's funny how those things go sometimes where we know if we did the important things, our lives would be incredibly different, yet we don't. How do we change this?

I have been thinking a lot about this concept of putting off the things that matter.Whether it's taking our vitamins, seeing the dentist, going to bed 30 minutes earlier, whatever. We put off the things that matter and it leaves in a place of painful resentment and crabbiness. So, what do we do? Well, I hate to say it, but the tried and true method of doing anything is putting it into existence. Think: Google Calendar, iCal, your planner, an alarm. ANYTHING! But when we put something into existence, it's more likely to happen. It becomes an investment of sorts. (Think of putting pennies into a piggy bank over time).

So, this fall, I am taking the path of doing the things that matter: My yoga, time to myself, cooking more, eating better, taking time to plan, dream, reflect, design, write.

How about you? What are you putting into existence?

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