Breathe

Breathe, breathe, deeply.

Inhale the life, the life, let it begin.

Hold the breath, holding…

Slow the breath, slowly…

Release the breath, releasing…

Guide the breath, to be.

Guide the breath, to release.

Inhale again,

Inhale the life within.

Let go of all regret, of all missteps

Slowly, slowly…

Breathing in, feel the oxygen,

As it fills your lungs fully.

Fully human, fully alive.

The lungs expand and breath new air.

The energy aligns with the body.

Energy fills every muscle.

Breathe, breathe, deeply.

Inhale the life, the life, let it begin.

Hold the breath, holding…

Slow the breath, slowly…

Release the breath, releasing…

Hammock Heaven

This morning I decided to continue my quest for overall wellness. As a mom of a 16 month old baby girl, going on toddler; I am in need of some serious mommy R & R.  So this morning my kind husband took Liv with him to visit his parents, while I was left with a few hours to recover from a night of wake-ups.  Whenever I get a few hours to myself; I treasure each moment.  It is really difficult to decide how best to use the time.  In the past, any spare time I had, was to work on something, or to clean up.  I rarely just relax.  I am what some would call “type A”, a busy body, a go-getter.  My mind is constantly on creative mode, scheming up new ideas, and setting personal and family goals.  This multi-tasking, creative mind can be exhausting.  Sometimes I just need a break from my own desire to create.

So as I began scheming over what my plan would be for this morning; I kept hearing my inner voice nudging me.  It said ” the plan is no plan.”  I quickly fought back with “There has got to be a plan, or a most effective way to use this time.”  So I began filling out belated holiday greetings.  After thirty minutes passed, I felt anxious to think of how I would spend the next hour.  In my exhaustion, I began sipping the coffee more quickly. I hoped that the coffee would stimulate a creative idea, or awaken me to realize “the plan” for the morning.  But it did not. So I made  few phone calls and peered out the window of our hotel room.

Awhhh…The beauty and serenity of the beach.  I decided in that moment to take a walk on the beach.  My mind suddenly jumped to “What will you do while walking on the beach?”  To which I replied, “Nothing.” Okay, I admit, I did bring my camera and cell phone (but only for emergencies).  The camera was useful in capturing the beauty and mindfulness of the present moment(s).

The best part about the few hours was laying in a hammock, taking in the peaceful sound of birds chirping and hearing the ocean and wind chatter.  I took long deep breaths and almost fell asleep.  There were kids playing joyfully in the background.  After leaving the hammock, I felt great inner peace and again realized the necessity of my continued search for increased health and wellness.  Yoga, guided meditation and even a hammock calm a fast-paced mind.

Hammock Heaven

Simplicity

It has been several weeks of packing, moving and unpacking, reloading…you get the picture. We just moved from a home to a condo.  Some would say we are nuts.  Others have said we are smart.  I say we are happy.  The packing and unloading part is a big pain; however, it is also cleansing.  I write this post today about simplicity.  It is euphoric to de-clutter our new living space.  So I thought I’d google the word “Simplicity”.  The definition online reads “the state or quality of being simple.  Something which is easy to understand or explain is simple, in contrast to something complicated.”  A life of simplicity would be less complicated.

Thus, I have begun asking myself questions about how I may simplify this life.  The questions include, “Do I really need belts of all kinds? Do I really need another pair of jeans? Do I really want to store shirts I may end up wearing one day?”  “Is it important to keep different kitchen appliances, in the event that I may throw a party?”  “Do I really need to say yes again to another invite?”   The answer to all of these questions is “NO!”

But when I reflected upon these questions further; I realize that I am materialistic to some degree.  And what is wrong with having nice things?  Nothing.  But it is the quality not the quantity that matters.  And do I really need to say yes to every invitation, event, idea etc.  The answer again is “NO!”  A simple life is not just about de-cluttering materials.  It is also about wellness and “de cluttering one’s emotions.”   It is time to clear the energy in my life to only positive and to get rid of stuff that is not needed.  So I created several piles.  Each pile has a specific destination which includes “Donations”, “Re Sell” and “Store.”  Also I gave a few select items to individuals that came to mind.

It feels like a weight is lifting from my shoulders.  There is increased happiness, good energy and freedom.  The clearing of things from my life will only open up doors on my quest to shift into a new career and for inner peace.

Be Well,

Kimberly

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