Every once in awhile I have a moment of sanity. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I try to record that moment so I can revisit it when I need a booster shot of sanity. Sanity shows up wearing different hats: as wisdom which sinks in and can be recalled in a tough moment, in being able to laugh at myself when the only other option is to cry, and in enjoying the passage of time (Thanks, Robin, for that last one). These are all simple yet so difficult for me.
Last week (or two) was hard. Last week was hormonal. Last week was #FoodMonsterInsaneGirl.
This week is easier. This week is calmer. This week is saner.
Recently, I asked Facebook Friends who are Athletes and Semi-Pro/Pro Physical Performers this question:
What are your best tips for excelling at a sport in the shortest amount of time?
The only 2 matching answers surprised me:
Really? I was surprised. It’s good advice (hard for me to follow, especially in the times of insanity when I most need it)…but not what I expected to hear from physical performers with regarding to physical training tips. One of them is a world champion Acrobat, as well as someone who inspires me and exudes love and wisdom (and adorableness). So, I always take an extra moment to ponder his advice. (Arthur has been mentioned in past posts. However, the amazing abs photos aren’t showing up when I view the archived posts. Do they show up for you?) The other advisor of focusing on the present moment is the fiery Shoshanna (she literally dances with fire and has 2 adorable twin daughters). Hmm, that answer suddenly makes a lot of sense given her performance props (flaming hula hoops and poi). I guess one really has to focus on the present when one is playing with fire.
As part of my on-going attempt to progress, despite what sometimes feels like tripping over my self created obstacles or spiraling backward, I am taking this advice to heart. I’ve been meditating semi-regularly or at least listening to my Immrama Insight brainwave cds as I drift off to sleep (more on this in a future post). I’ve been acknowledging my gratitude and awe for the sights and sounds of the ocean from my balcony. I pet my kitten and get lost in the soft, purry moment. I went back to yoga. I try to give thanks for the amazing things my body can do whenever my thinking shifts to its limitations. I am grateful for my loving husband Kyle who continues to put up with my sane and insane moments, as well as my close friends who do the same.
Today’s zen circus ‘Moment of Silly Sanity’ was after my 3rd aerial class with the incredible Ricca. Since I haven’t been able to take classes as much as I would like, I’ve tried to get a photo whenever I do attend a class. It’s fun and makes blogposts more interesting. My
photographer instructor left before taking a photo so I took some silk-love self-portraits on my own.
And then I had more fun…
If you’re an athlete, what are your tips for me on accelerating my skills in the fastest time frame?
If you’re simply human, how do you find the zen in everyday life?