You might be surprised to hear that at the end of each day as I lay my head upon my (17) pillows (not really, just 2 but Prince Charming likes to exaggerate), after I’ve played all my mobile app Candy Crush lives and my sleeping pill has finally kicked in, I close my eyes and think to myself,
Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. If I make it another day, I pray the Lord to guide my way.
Yep, I added that last stanza myself.
Mind you, I have no idea who “the Lord” is (which will disturb both of my brothers greatly), but I know someone’s listening, even if it’s my own higher self.
Next morning each day, I’ve been trying the yoga Tree pose either in the shower or just after…
(The most difficult part of the pose for me is that I find it challenging to keep my foot up against my other leg; particularly if I am clothed, my foot slides right down my pants.) I do hold the pose for as long as possible, keeping my hands at my heart, focusing on my core muscles and breathing, and ticking off the seconds by chanting silently, “I am grateful 1, I am grateful 2, I am grateful 3″ and so on until I’ve either lost my balance or gotten to 60. Then I extend my arms up to the sky in gratitude and switch sides. It’s only a couple of minutes out of my day, but it really helps me to find center and balance, both literally and spiritually.
Yesterday morning, I was rewarded by the universe with this beautiful site as I got off work:
Yep, I had watched the sun rise from the 3rd floor comm center, walked out the back of the station, stepped up on a bench, got a good angle, and captured that beautiful rainbow of clouds with my little Samsung Galaxy III (and with no extra effects added later).
I give thanks that this year I have Thanksgiving off and will actually be enjoying the Holiday with my family.
(And may the Lord guide me in sticking to my Atkins program throughout the day!)
Blessings to all for a wonderful, safe, loving Holiday with family, friends and/or coworkers. Be safe out there.