I am lucky enough to live in area full of trees and where there are trees there are usually birds. I love the spring time because the Finches, Wood Doves, the Mallard duck family, Crows and the occasional visit by the Grey Horned Owl turn my morning/afternoon into a symphony of delight.
I have been practising Yoga for a little over a month and I am getting a bit more limber. I am still stiff in the morning when I get up and stiff again at night, so I stretch twice daily and a bit during the day. It would be great to get my balance back but that is slow going. My legs don’t move as fast as I would like either, so if I were being chased by a lion I would definitely be dinner, but then again, I don’t know anyone who can out run a lion, nor do lions roam my city, so I won’t worry about that.
Yoga does more though than help me stretch my limbs. I use that time to breathe and focus on what I am doing. It’s part of my mindfulness practice aka meditation. It really isn’t about whether or not I regain my balance or run, skip or jump. It’s about taking the time to focus on my well-being. It’s up to me to take care of myself and make sure I do things that nurture me. Yoga is part of my staying healthy routine, like eating foods that are good for me, getting adequate rest and living a more centered, simple life.
There is something interesting happening as well…I am running into people lately who practise Yoga, Buddhism, and/or meditate. I find meditation magazines in hospital waiting rooms. A woman who was giving a presentation at a meeting a couple of days ago brought a book about Yoga. Yoga was not the topic. She was there to answer questions about health insurance and probably brought the book for personal use. I asked her later if she practised Yoga and she said no but she taught visualization and practised Qi Gong. I know we attract what we think, and I am certainly seeing examples of that a lot. I find it amusing and use the experience as a reminder to watch my thoughts carefully so not to attract junk in to my space.
Creating art is a terrific part of complementary therapy when undergoing cancer treatment, or any type of treatment for that matter. UCI offers art therapy to its patients, but you don’t have to be part of a group to enjoy creating art.
Kirsten is one of the patients I visit with at UCI Medical Center and she enjoys painting on different types of mediums. You will see more of her art in future posts.
I think expressing yourself, either through painting, music or whatever is important to living a balanced life.