Crossing the Finish Line

finish lineThere is an indescribable feeling you have when you set your mind to something and then achieve it.  Yesterday, I felt the ultimate rush as I crossed the finish line of my 1/2 marathon.  It was pure exhiliration followed by full exhalation…..a feeling of accomplishment, gratefulness, and love, coupled with the aftermath of delicious fatigue of the mind and body.  It is a journey of giving yourself fully and wholeheartedely and then being able to relish in the view from the other side. 

I did a lot of thinking during my 13.1 miles.  As I reflected upon the many challanges I have faced in my life (as we all have), I thought about running as being a metaphor for life.  There are times you feel great and at ease, while other times you are challenged to your full extent.  There are moments of confidence followed by fear and self-doubt.  And then there are those crucial minutes when all you can do is place one foot after the next  in hopes of moving foward one step at a time, one breath at a time. 

 I realized that so many of our wellness concepts were interwoven into this run.  I was, without a doubt, exercising my mind & body throughout.  I had to be present and mindful to allow myself to have the mental and physical stamina.  I had taken the risk and challenged myself to go the distance – in more ways than one.  I felt gratitude for my health – the muscles, bones, and organs that allowed me to perform this task.  Finally, in the end, it was truly about letting go and knowing that each step was guiding  me toward my destination.      

So……how do we do this latter part?  Let’s discuss some strategies this week on letting go and going with the flow.  After all, there are countless finish lines to cross in our lives.  And each can be just as exhilirating has finishing a 1/2 marathon, if you can allow yourself to let go.  Stay tuned!

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Taking the Risk in Life

Some wise words to think about, as we complete our week on learning about the joy of risk. 

 

To Risk…….


To laugh is to risk appearing the fool,
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental,
To reach out for another is to risk involvement,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self,
To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss.

To love is to risk not being loved in return,
To live is to risk dying,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure,
But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing,
He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love….live.

Chained by his certitude’s, he is a slave;
He has forfeited freedom,
Only a person who risks is free.

The pessimist complains about the wind;
The optimist expects it to change;
And the realist adjusts the sails.

-unknown

Stretching our Wings (#3)

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do something every day that scares you”.  I don’t think she was necessarily thinking sky diving or hang gliding.  The point is we all have the capability to take daily risks by the decisions we make.  If the word “risk” sounds too “risky”, think about the word “challenge” instead.  It has a softer tone to it!  We all need challenges in our lives, not only to build mental and physical strength but also to build our resilience.  How else would we be able to handle the twists and turns that life throws at us? 

I came across a couple of excellent articles written by Francis Lefkowitz, a contributor for Whole Living Magazine.  In her articles, she discusses her three basic risk-taking tips: 1. Form a Net, 2. Follow Your Desire, not Your Fear, and 3. Enjoy the Ride.  Furthermore, she explains the importance of taking risks in your life.   Her stories helped me to recognize that risk-taking (or challenging yourself!) really comes down to breaking the usual, mundane routine of your life.  How are you coming along with challenging your routine this week?  Keep me posted!

Stretching our Wings (#2)

One of my favorite websites that I subscribe to is the the Daily Om.  Each day, I love receiving my daily devotion…..some words of wisdom that really make me think.  There is also a daily horoscope that is pretty much just another devotion, but it feels specifically related to you by your unique zodiac sign (mine is the watery sign of Cancer!).  I received a horoscope the other day titled,  “The Joy of Risk”.   And, although it arrived through my zodiac sign, I think it is everybody’s sign to follow!  Enjoy!

Stretching our wings

When was the last time you really stretched your wings?  In other words, when did you push yourself a little bit beyond your comfort zone?  Taking a risk and challenging ourselves in our life journey is a big contributor to our wellness quotient.  It helps us to evolve and grow.  In my experience, it is the dichotomy between fear and exhiliration.  I remember making the decision to leave my hometown and  move to New York City for a while.  I was incredibly nervous  about the move , but, at the same time, the thought of moving excited me! (and, the experience was great!)

This week, I would like us all to stretch ourselves a little bit.  It could be as simple as driving a new route to/from work to something complex like finally making that decision to go back to school to pursue a dream.   There is a large range in between – maybe you want to take that salsa class or learn how to paint.  You might finally sign up for that 5K, 12K, or 1/2 marathon!  What is something new that you’ve been wanting to try?  Remember, you can’t fail!  Add some spice to your life this week by adding the ingredient of “risk” – a calculated one, nonetheless – to your wellness quotient.   Do ONE thing this week that stretches you.  It will send your soul flying!  ***Check back Monday for more reasons to stretch your wings****

Deepali’s piece of wellness:  You’ll never realize your true potential unless you push yourself out of your comfort zone.

My first post…….

Welcome to my blog!  I’m very excited to begin.  When I thought about the title I would use, I thought about what the word “wellness” meant to me.  It’s certainly the buzzword all over town these days.  Being of East Indian descent, I wanted to use a word from the ancient language of Sanskrit to describe how wellness pertains to all of us.  The word “kriya” fit.  Kriya literally means ‘the action of the soul’.  We are all on this journey to live our fullest potential – from the aspects of mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. The soul is always evolving……it is, therefore, always in motion.  In yogic terms, this starts with our breath.  The wellness kriya, to me, is the process by which we all strive to become more of who we truly are…….that perfect, authentic self that  lies deep within us.  We accomplish this by engaging and incorporating 7 actions  – the ingredients that I feel make up, what I call, our wellness quotient.  Those seven kriyas are:  Exercise the Mind & Body, Take a Risk, Feel Gratitude, Be Present, Believe in Spirit, Embrace Change, and Let Go.  Living our lives with these actions in mind will increase our wellness quotient and allow us to follow our truth.  Each week we will look closely at one of these categories.   My purpose is to empower others to believe in themselves and to provide teaching tools for unleashing their true potentials.  Let’s start peeling down the layers and get to the core!