50-something mom seeking balance, Insight (Vipassana) Meditation, Things that make me happy

Birthday Present to Self

May 1st, 2013.  I am 52 today.

my one of a kind Korean birthday cake

my one of a kind Korean birthday cake from Ikiru Sushi

It was a beautiful day here in Fergus, Ontario.  I sat in a park for my meditation and began the next leg of my journey.  I have set my intention.  I am going to practice every day for the coming year.  I am stating this here as a support to my self and hopefully as an encouragement for you.

Vipassana (Insight) Meditation has literally changed my life.  I have followed this path and these teachings ardently ever since I sat my first 10 day retreat.  I am so grateful to have amazing teachers and mentors: Molly Swan, Norman Feldman and Michael Stone from True North Insight. 

Another great support is the Insight Timer App.  I love this app.  There is a free version and a paid version.  I think the paid one is well worth it.  You can join our “RiverSound Retreat – Vipassana” group on this app.   We also share practice every Saturday morning and Monday evening at the studio.  Check out the Calendar page of this site.  Join in and we will support each other in the practices of calming, concentrating, cultivating heart-opening and most importantly, wisdom.

Let me know if I can support you on your journey,
Jill

Airport Survival Kit

Airport Survival Kit

Airport Survival Kit

Yes, I am on of those people that puts their legs up the wall in airports.

We recently had a lovely trip to Oaxaca, Mexico but had an unfortunate night “sleeping” in the Mexico City airport on our arrival trip and a 5 hour layover in Houston on our way home. Here are a few of my tips for staying well with these challenges:

Find a quiet corner of the terminal. Put your sweater/coat on the floor, lay down and put your shins up on a chair or take your legs all the way up the wall (my fav). This relieves stress and fluid buildup in the legs. If your hamstrings (back of the thighs) are tight let your hips rest a few inches away from the wall. If you’d like a deeper but still restful hamstring stretch let your hips be close to the wall.

I also like put my elbows on a window ledge or chair back and walking the feet back so the body comes to a right angle. This is a lovely shoulder opener and counteracts the forward rounding posture of our daily habits.

Lastly, instead of getting another caramel or mocha latte try Coconut Water. It’s a no fat, low calorie, high in potassium, yummy way to prevent dehydration.

Happy travels

4:00 Slump

We used to call it the “witching hour” at our house. Somewhere between 3:30-5:00 when Mom (or Dad) and kids are all a bit cranky, tired and hungry. Instead of reaching for a sweet and a big mug of tea or coffee try this Restorative Yoga Pose (Viparita Kirani) instead. Enjoy.

Exploring Balance

balanceAre you feeling off kilter, out of sorts or off balance?  Try this variation of Tree Pose (Vrksasana) to explore if you are trying to hold on to something that can’t be held on too.

Bring one foot on top of the other.  As you can see the easier version has the top foot angled to the side.  Bring your hands to your hips to help you balance.  Relax your shoulders, your jaw, your breath…

Feel the constant shifting of your ankle and foot.  Let go of struggling to control this movement and surrender to it.  Feel the continual shifting, the adjusting, responding to the moment.

There is no such thing as being balanced, only responding moment to moment to what arises.