WELCOME TO MY
09/15 – 09/21
WooHoo!! A week of grounding Muladhara work is in and done. I had so much fun working on grounding yoga practices, opening hips, connecting to the ground, trying to wear the color red, creating balanced meals, and learning all I could about this chakra. Now I didn’t do as well as I wanted to. Shall we review the missed goals first? Why yes, let’s! I only got 2 self-made practices done, instead of the anticipated 4. I did a little chaturanga and crow practice, but not headstand. I did work quite a bit on handstand, however. And while I enjoyed what I learned about the root and incorporating all the things I did, I really think I’ll start adding journaling exercises. I think I missed a big opportunity to dig deeper there. I’ll have to go back and revisit that root, dig deeper, question more, incorporate some journaling. I also just completely did not add any of the exercises I wanted to either. I’m not too hard on myself about this, seeing as I’ve been doing yoga so frequently and that’s some bomb ass exercise in itself. But I am disappointed that I didn’t get around to it at all. And poor poor self love, always taking the backseat. No warming relaxing baths, no foot baths, no face washes, nada, zip, zilch. It just kept getting pushed to the next day and then the week was over.
So there were some big misses last week for sure but what about the goals that I took out back and taught a lesson to? Let’s sneak a peek at those: I did some form of grounding/root chakra yoga practice everyday AND I got my meditation on as well! The meditations were of course root chakra focused. But honestly, who gives a shit what they were focused on because I ACTUALLY DID IT!! IN YOUR FACE, MEDITATION! I finally am sitting down and taking time for this and you know what? I was right, as I knew I would be. I really enjoy it. It’s calming and enjoyable. My mind still wanders but I can tell it’s not as bad as when I first began. As far as foods go, I also ate fairly decently. There were a couple of meals that were certainly not the healthiest, but meh. It’s best not to give myself too hard a time about such things. It is what it is, I say, and that’s all it can be. Moving on to love crafts, I did pretty great with that overall. I wore red or incorporated in some fashion something muladhara based everyday. I read, I created, I chanted, I ate, I grounded, I went barefoot as often as possible, I learned. I did well. I missed an opportunity with the journaling, but that’s alright. Nothing I can’t do at anytime I choose. Now finally, we have the fun little bullet journal. I actually got this week’s and next week’s spread done. I need to pick up a really good black pen because right now it’s all in pencil and I’d rather it get a permanent finish. then I’ll be able to start decorating and doodling in it!
Misses and Successes was the name of the game last week. This week I’m aiming for more successes than misses. (I keep wanting to say failures instead of misses. But I hate that negative mindset. It’s had it’s horrible grubby little claws dug into me for far too long and it’s time to shoo it out the door for good. They’re learning opportunities at the very least, never failures.) Okey-dokey clowderers, wondering what the dealio is for this week? What are the tweaks to be? Will I add new things? Remove old things? Let’s check those new goals!
Svadhisthana yoga: 1 online practice a day. 3 self/led made classes. 1 instagram challenge. Arm balance practice.
Guided svadhisthana meditations everyday. 3 self-led meditations.
Love crafts this week will encompass all that is the svadhisthana chakra. I will again use colors, foods, scents, affirmations, you name it!, to energize and balance that gorgeous orange center. Lots of reading and learning and I will also be integrating journal questions. I will again create 1 piece of art.
5 Tibetan Rites, Ayurveda, and herbalism? I’m headed deeper down the hole of self betterment. I’ll be starting mini courses on both ayurveda and herbalism this week, in addition to doing the 5 rites every morning.
Last week, sadly no self-love was shown. No baths, no lotions, no masks. A dissapointment to be sure. I’m trying again this week. Perhaps one less foot bath (like that was the main culprit) will make it a little more doable.
A week into chakra exploration and I am feeling good! The grounding is strong in this one! Maybe a little too strong (hello head cold!). I truly am feeling less stressed and more connected after closing this first week out. I feel like I’m getting a little better, stronger, formulating more effective plans and approaches with each passing day. And I am beyond excited for this upcoming week! Svadhisthana was my favorite chakra when I did that very first week of chakra yoga. I’m curious to see if that will still be the case. I’ll be continuing to do an online svadhisthana based practice each day and instead of doing 4 self made/led sessions, I cut it back by one. Maybe I’m starting too big, I’m gonna see if 3 is the magic number this week.
I did phenomenal with meditation last week! Finally, FINALLY, I did it everyday!! I am beyond proud of myself! I think it’s best to continue on that path of guided chakra based meditations. But I do want to dive a little deeper, so I’ll be throwing 3 self led meditations in at some point this week.
Love Crafts are roughly the same as last week. There will be reading, learning, experimenting, arting, etc. The colors, the smells, the flavors! I’ll be exploring all this creative chakra has to offer. I will be journaling to dig deeper about myself and my connection to this chakra.
I was recently given a book on the 5 Tibetan rites and it seems interesting and aligned enough with what I’m doing right now that I definitely am into trying them out for as long as I’m able or as long as I feel it resonates or works for me. Through my readings, I’ve stumbled upon Ayurveda and am incredibly curious about it and all it entails. It is the sister to yoga and since I’m obviously all about that journey right now, it seems fitting to begin learning about it. I have found a mini-course through Katie Silcox that I’ll be taking. Finally, we have herbalism. I found an herbalism mini-course through the Herbal Academy a few months ago and kept pushing it off and then I forgot about it for a while. I’ve remembered it now so why not just begin it? I don’t have a reason not to…
Self care I’m aiming for easy, simple, low-key this week. Not that it wasn’t last week, but whatever. I do want to tackle at least 2 baths (1 whole body and 1 foot), 1 face mask/scrub, 1 pore strip, and lots of mosturizing. Those are the base goals this week. If I get more in then all the better, but I won’t hold my breath and neither should you.
I decided to place exercising on the back burner this week. If I get something in at all then I’ll have a reason to celebrate! But if it doesn’t happen, and it likely won’t, then I won’t feel the need to beat myself up for the umpteenth time because I messed it up again.
I am flowing with creativity...
Lat week I grounded into safety. This week I’m blooming into creativity. Like a lightning bolt, this affirmation should charge me with creativity
I am a sexual, sensual, and sassy being...
This mantra is so fun! I knew I needed to incorporate something empowering to my Aphrodite side. This side of me can be very up and down and is obviously linked to my self-esteem. Some days I feel zero of those thing within me but perhaps this mantra can help to revitalize me.
My emotions flow through me in a healthy way...
I have strong, strong emotions and I am not the best at channeling, handling, or expressing them sometimes. (Can’t wait to visit you throat chakra!) I’m hoping this mantra will calm me when those stronger emotions rear their heads.
So I’m coming to realize that a lot of the challenges I’ve been facing (project fatigue, follow through, time management) all stem from the fact that I can’t schedule my time well. Like, I can’t schedule my time to save my damn life! Honestly though, starting this bullet journal is really a step in the right direction, but it’s still gonna take a lot of work. Finding an actual workable, well thought out schedule for all the things I need to be doing is going to be the number 1 challenge this week, but for only hopefully this week.
HA! I knew that blog challenge would test me and it did. But again, I think I can link it back to poor scheduling, among a few other things as well. Blogging everyday will be a challenge, but it’s not one I’m willing to compromise on. I’ll just keep fudging it up until I get it right.
My biggest nemesis (Apparently)!! Can I devise a working schedule, devoting a set chunk of time to each project so all get attention? Or will I blow it again?
I am slowly, and by Puck do I mean SLOWLY, getting better at this blog thing; posting more frequently and with more confidence, but it’s still a daily struggle. Is there peace to be made here? Can the blog and I form a beautiful cohesive relationship, one of ease and regular posting? Or will it overwhelm and blindside me once again?
While I did earn my reward of a new meditation pillow, I have not gotten a chance to purchase one. Perhaps I can find time to treat myself properly to that missed reward this week. I obviously did not earn my reward for exercising and I just barely missed my reward for yoga.
It’s always fun to think of new creative ways to treat myself for a job completed. Curious to see what I have in store this week?
YES! Finally starting to see things move on the stats board! I’m becoming more and more consistent with each of my practices. Seeing how the numbers rise is really motivating!