the dreaming pear

life {enchanted}

The wind in my sails [literally]

July!

I can remember well the disappointment of transitioning into adult responsibilities after college and no longer having a summer vacation. I’m happy to say that even though I am still working a full-time adult life, I have reclaimed the joys of summer.

This month did not disappoint!

A family canoe trip, a few sailing trips on our Hobie Tandem Island sailing kayak, an annual family reunion, and daily play in our glorious backyard have made July a true summer again.

Pine River, Michigan

Pine River, Michigan

My meditation has been progressing without any problems.

I occasionally wake up exhausted from a too short or restless night and give myself the break of meditating in bed on my back, in the yoga Corpse pose, which I find as restful as additional sleep. My preferred meditation pose is sitting on a cushion on the floor, in a half lotus position, with my hands on my knees. When the gong rings to signal the end of my five minutes (sometimes 10 on weekends) I do a few stretches to work out my lower back and neck. I’ve now also begun incorporating a couple of strength building exercises as well, which is something I’ve wanted to do for quite a few years, so it feels amazing to now have the space and motivation to begin.

Progress! Slow and gradual, but progress nonetheless.

July Meditation Progress

July Meditation Progress

I was reading an article this week that mentioned four or five ways to take care of oneself first in order to have the presence to take care of others, and I was elated to realize that I now do every one of the tools mentioned on a consistent basis! At this time last year I was only doing them in theory, but not in practice.

With the small successes I’ve had so far this year I’m beginning to get the confidence to take on some bigger things! More on that in the future…

In the meantime I’ve pulled out two small drawings that I did over 10 years ago, as inspiration to continue to work on my art as well as the rest of my personal growth. They’re now posted above my computer, and I gaze at them every day, incubating my creativity.

Jungle frog

Jungle frog

River baby

River baby

Life is good!