Water

What’s your favorite form of water?

Isn’t that a weird question?

Think about how powerful and simple water is and how we can’t live without it. 

I love water in my Starbucks refillable cup, that I drink from all day long. I love that my kids want to share it, even though that’s kinda gross. I remember my mama always drinking water and how that was her favorite drink. It’s one of my top three too.

The ocean is my favorite body of water. I feel a longing to be near it and in it or on it. It provides comfort and peace, and joy and play. It makes me feel so small next to it. When I was young, I used to love tumbling in the waves.

How about a warm shower and the cleansing and relaxing feelings that wash over you?  Aaaaahhhh…isn’t that the best?

I love the sound of rain, especially when I’m inside. It’s raining today and California is in such a drought that I’m thankful for its presence.

What else?  Swimming in a pool. I love the feeling of being under the water and feeling weightless, held by the water and off my feet. I love how quiet it is and how there are no distractions.

  
I also like fountains and falls and the sound of trickling or gushing water. There’s something peaceful and majestic and simple about the sound of water. It’s also so powerful and can consume us and can be dangerous. I like that element too, that we have to respect its powers. Yin and yang.

And a still lake. Don’t you love those too?  I love the reflections of the sky on the mirrored surface of the still waters. I also love how when the water is still, you can see how a small disruption has a ripple effect.

These are a few of my favorites. Have you ever thought about water this way? What are your favorite water forms?  
nAMaste

Hydrating

  

I carry this water cup with me almost everywhere I go. I think I drink more water this way.  I actually have two of them in case one is empty or I misplace one or leave it in the car.

The funny thing is that it is always nearly empty. The reason is because I have helpers that help drain it for me.

My kids think my drink is theirs and they always want some. Since I believe in sharing and I want them to stay hydrated, I share, even though I tell them to bring their own. Maybe mine just tastes better. Maybe they are lazy and don’t want to fill their own. Or maybe I’ll just pretend they still need me.

My baby just turned 16. I think I’m in denial. Happy Birth-day!!

Cheers!!

Discovery Bay

As soon as I get near water, I relax and feel happy.
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Put me on top of one of my boards and I’m giddy.

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Watching my kids enjoy the water with me, and I’m ecstatic!

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I was happy today being with family and friends on Discovery Bay. Thank you Marcia and Rob, Pat and Chuck for sharing this experience with us.

Life is good. Today was great!
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Does Your Mind Ever Get in the Way?

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Isn’t this a good question? Made you think, huh?  

My mind never shuts off, but I try to ignore it (sometimes) when I can.  My favorite times are when I get lost in laughter and am not thinking about how to solve problems or to coordinate schedules. Some of the ways I turn my mind off are playing cards and mindless games, where you don’t have to really think and the games start and end quickly. Tennis isn’t a mindless game, so that doesn’t really count, and I must admit my mind does wander on the tennis court when I’m supposed to be strategizing and planning and being focused.  Maybe I could mix some yoga into my tennis – like the breathing part to stay focused. Do you think that would work?

Speaking of yoga, yoga is the other place I can turn my mind off after a few minutes of practice. I love vinyasa/ flow yoga that keeps my body moving and my breathe flowing with my movements. When I’m in the groove, and I focus on my breathing, I can turn my mind off and find inner peace too.  Does this work for you?  I never leave a practice wishing I wasn’t there or wishing I was someplace else and I leave feeling good.  

Today in yoga class I was able to hold an arm balance move that I’ve been trying to nail for weeks. I was so excited because I’ve been so close and not able to do until today. It’s the little things that bring joy. I wouldn’t say I’m good at it yet, but I did balance on my hands and held the position for a few seconds, longer than I have before and it made me really happy and wanting to try it again.

The third place that I love is the beach. I love the vastness of the ocean, the crashing and ebbing and flowing of the waves, the sunshine, and water and just being there. I haven’t taken my paddle board out since I’ve returned to California, but this is another way I like to turn my mind off.

Yesterday I was feeling stressed and my mind wouldn’t shut off. Typically I am happy, but some days my mind tends to stay in that negative space longer than I would like or feel is reasonable and it agitates me.  I want to have an arsenal of ideas and strategies to use when I start to feel down and I so I’m creating a list. Yesterday, I decided to hop on the StairMaster and sweat it out. That worked!  I was much happier and cleared my mind by focusing on climbing 4 miles!

I have a running To DO list on my phone, and at the top of my list I’ve listed seven reminders and thoughts that are important to me to consider before I start actually doing anything. I’m hoping this list helps me to prioritize my thoughts and keep my mind focused on my personal priorities. But first, I have to remember to even look at it! That would help.  I’ll let you know if it works. What would be on your list? 

That’s enough to think about for one night. It’s time to rest.  And as I was writing this, an alert popped up wishing me a happy 2nd anniversary. I’ve been blogging daily for 2 years today! Thanks for sharing the journey – I’m glad you’re here with me.  😉

Autumn Day on the Delta

My favorite time of the year is summer time, but I think autumn might be a close second. Today we drove up to the Delta to spend the day with our friends. I loved the drive and experiencing the bright fall light and colors.

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I love the open fields, old barns, and cows in the fields.

My favorite place to be is anywhere on the water with my family and friends. Today Rob took us out for a ride in his boat. I had my permagrin again and couldn’t stop smiling. Feeling the water splashing on me and the sun warming my skin is the best feeling. Thank you Rob for taking my kids and I for a spin!! We loved it.

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Thank you Pat and Marcia for preparing a nice lunch for us. We enjoyed sitting out on the deck and relaxing, chatting and enjoying your company.

The kids loved jumping off Chuck’s boat and into the water. I had just as much fun photographing them. It was a perfect day!

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Thank you Pat and Chuck for inviting us over. We had a wonderful day with you.

The drive home was just as beautiful as the drive there. We had a very busy yet fulfilling and fun weekend! We just need another weekend to rest now!! :-). Hope y’all had a great weekend too!

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Beautiful sunset

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Day 225: Water + Yoga + SUP + Friends = Joy

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I look like a frog, but I’m a happy frog. This is what savasna looks like when you’re trying not to touch the freezing cold water.

Can you imagine doing yoga on the water? It’s the coolest feeling.

Imagine your gaze looking softly in front of you and a beautiful white swan is dancing on the water. Imagine looking up at the sky instead of a ceiling.
Imagine breathing in fresh air while focusing on one thing, your breathe.
And when you’re focused on your breathe, you’re not really worried about falling in.
And while you’re stretching and practicing, you get to enjoy the sounds of the water lapping at your board.

Mixing water play with yoga practice is awesome. I hope if this sounds interesting to you, that you will try it one day. You won’t be able to stop smiling.

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After we were done doing yoga, we took that relaxed feeling out for a paddle together. I was in the moment, loving life, thankful to Morene for loving SUP and sharing her passion across Amsterdam. I was thankful to Deborah for teaching SUP yoga, and to Jeff for supporting my passion and letting me buy a new Boga board for Holland touring. I can’t wait to put my own in the water!

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Namaste.

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