LAM Aphorism of the Day: Spiritual health is basically the same thing as psychological health

I’ve been thinking on & off of starting a separate, meditation journal, as a way of reaching out to others who practice or want to, but then I thought, No. Mind body. As above, so below. It belongs here, with the rest of my fitness program. 

I’m going to talk more about meditation, I’ve decided, though I probably won’t post about it daily, or after each and every session, like I do with physical exercise.

So… I’ve been trying to get in a 40-day run of a chant to Laksmi

which I do after my traditional, seated in padmasana, 22min meditation. Even for someone with a too flexible schedule, it’s one of the hardest disciplines there is, in my opinion. I still use an old, Holosync track! Whatever makes it happen, is my thinking.

First try

I’ve dropped the ball twice so far. I started the first attempt on March 10th, the day after my birthday, using my beautiful, new mala that I designed & put together with specific hermetic, astrological intentions in mind. I made six consecutive days & then missed four.

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Second try

Started on March 20th and made it twelve days. That’s better at least! The last day I was up in Abbortsford for the first day of my last cat show, and I only did the chanting part, which takes about 4-5 minutes. Charlie arrived that evening. We had another show day and then a six hour drive back. I’ll do it when I get home, never happens, even if you get home way earlier than expected. We’d stopped for dinner in Vancouver and we still made it home around 9pm.

Third try

Then I didn’t practice again for an entire week, and it’s been an incredible stressful time, not because of the lack of meditation, but… It’s time to batten down the hatches.

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OK that’s enough. It’s time to get back to work on the test project. Scanned my pencil & pen drawing this morning, in two pieces. Put them together in the Illustrator file. Next I’ll start the vector drawing. I’m going to draw it in Illustrator & then transfer to Photoshop for some filter effects. I DO keep a separate art blog on WordPress, so I’ll post design & process visuals there later.

I’ll heat up what remains of my coffee and get going.

 

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GET PUMPED #5: Back focus, yesterday’s walk WO

Had sort of a rest day yesterday. My upper body was spent and I wanted to get off The Hill and downtown, so I got a trim (disappointing – I miss having one, regular, long-time hairdresser), and a coffee & cookie @ Powells. Then I walked home. I’d have had the tedious 1/2hr (for me) walk up Dosch anyway, and then with waiting for the bus I’d probably only save a half hour. Plus it wasn’t raining! It took about an hour and fifteen and was actually a pretty good workout. Getting up the north side of The Hill, the way map lady suggested, was super steep, unabashed huffy-puffy time.

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College Rd, the tiny, narrow & very steep road that seems foot-path wide
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House @ the top of College has a really nice view.
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And most parts of the “town side” of The Hill have SIDEWALKS!
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This is a house on 16th I want to paint. It’s the chartreuse door with the gray house. Now with pumpkins!!

So I had a bit of exercise yesterday anyway. It was much more than just going up to Council Crest Pk and back down anyway. Was wishing I was wearing my lowbrow, plebian, chest-strap HR monitor.


 

This was today’s WO, shorter than usual b/c I didn’t do my yoga after as planned. I got distracted. There’s a lot of potential work / clients / jobs up in the air right now. I’m busier than I’ve been since I moved to Portland, but no one is paying me yet. Today?

  1. Freelancing for Pixelkeet in SF.
  2. Some light organization for freelance for Crest Brands in NYC.
  3. A phone interview for a contract spot here in PDX.
  4. Contact about potential full-time and relocation back to the east coast (NJ).

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GET PUMPED #5: Back focus

cardio warmup: 30:10 4 minutes
1. Squat and squat jump
2. High knees
3. Roll back burpee
4. Pushup t stand
5. Prisoner jacks
6. Angry donkeys

HIIT Tabata 20:10 4x each move 10 minutes
1 Lateral lunge sword pull 10
2 Push Press 20s
3 Renegade rows 20s
4 Sumo DL upright row 15s
5 SA superman row 20

HIIT superset 50:10 2x 4 minutes
1 Burpee back fly 10s
2 Halo slams 1x 20 / Swings 1x 35lb kettlebell

Tabata pair time pyramid 6 minutes

1. Kick through burpee
2. Shoulder stand and Urdhva D (back bend) I

HIIT Tabata 50:10 2x 10 minutes
1 Lateral lunge sword pull
2 Push Press
3 Renegade rows
4 Sumo DL upright row
5 SA superman row

HIIT Superset 50:10 2x 4 minutes
1. Get up press up and slam 20
2. Suitcase DL oblique plank hop lateral tuck jump 20s I didn’t preview this WO and didn’t “get” this move somehow. So I stood in middle of mat & did the suitcase DL, the plank up & just tuck jumped in place, elbows tapping to thighs

Tabata pair time pyramid 6 minutes
1. Alt windmills 15
2. Split lunge snatch burpee 15s

cardio burn out: 30:10 4 minutes
1. Squat and squat jump
2. High knees
3. Roll back burpee
4. Pushup t stand
5. Prisoner jacks
6. Angry donkeys

Time = 58min