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Meditation Day 8 – 12/9/13

The school pool is not kind on Monday.  They don’t heat it over the weekend so it is cccccooolld!

I didn’t think today’s meditation would happen in the pool, but it did.  After my laps I decided the temperature was tolerable enough.

I floated for about 10 minutes with the buoy between my knees, bouncing myself off of the walls and lane divider as needed.  Last week the divider was my “wake-up bell.”  I tried to appreciate the coolness and the benefits it may provide to my body, despite warding away a cold that is trying to sneak up on me – though I feel no worse for having been in cold water instead of heat.   I appreciated the buoyancy of the water and the way my skin and the body of water embrace, giving thanks.  I may have even remembered to watch my breath for a few moments.  🙂

I observed as thoughts of yummy pervy pleasures floated into my mind, as they seem to do every meditation, sometimes coming with a strong wave of ecstatic recall.  The ice bath kept that heat at bay, but I took time to consider the reasons these thoughts keep deciding to show up during meditation.

My rationales include meditation fighting for space in my brain’s pleasure centers and second chakra (power, sexuality, money, creativity) programming.   My unofficial meditation mentor Andrew (A new BFF I met at Blue Cliff) said that they are normal thoughts to come up and that he just observes their passing. I’ll keep both my over-analysis and his suggestion for practice in mind.  😉

addendum: Andrew-san also relayed that “The traditional abridger antidote is to meditate on the body and how its a sack of bone, pus, and muscle.”

A sexy sac of pus. *grin*

Eventually, the coolness fought for attention and won, aided by my bladder.

Tomorrow I should just, ya know, sit.

sitting dude

Yay, Nature

Man, are my glutes and thighs sore!   My amigo Atiq and I had been trying to get on a hike for a few months now, but “life” gets in the way, sadly.   Finally, today, it happened.

Yet, as we Easterners know .. it snowed yesterday.   In Brooklyn, there was nary a trace left today, and we saw it was going to be nearly 50.  We had the sterling lake loop picked out from the beginning, as an easy-ish 4.2 mile/2.5 hour hike, but not too pansy, and last week I had thought of upping the ante to a medium hike since I had been biking and swimming more.  Then I got sick, and decided to keep it where it was….yet, mother nature decided I was on to something.  Or, us urbanites, who had long neglected the call of nature, ignored mother’s voice.    We get up to the trail, and, oh yeah!  — It is covered in snow up to our calves.   Fortunately we went in the afternoon so we had other footprints to follow and tread through.   Four hours later, and multiple pleas in the last leg of “this has GOT to be the last hill!” from both of us..we came full circuit.  Unfortunately, by the end of the hike we both had wet socks (of course we had changes – rule number one of hiking!) – but only one of us had a change of shoes – me, the pack rat, of course.  🙂    Next time though I need to bring a change of clothes to prevent the post-exercise sweat shivers, and pant guards.

The hike was quite beautiful but fairly ornery, given the added difficulty of the snow.  It perhaps made up for my lack of exercise this week.  The base terrain was slippery slush and awful for walking on, but the snow was the perfectest snow for snowballs!   The lake was beautiful, of course, with it’s gradients of slush and ice and resting, clear waters.  My favorite part, though, was an opportunity to slip into nudity for maybe 15 minutes, and the universe supported that because nobody came along to that particular spot until we were leaving it.   Getting naked in the nature is one of my all-time favorite things to do!   It wasn’t ridiculously chilly, and really, it was quite refreshing.  It just feels awesome, as awesome as slipping into the softest sheets feels.  My skin felt alive, cleansed, as if my whole body was breathing.   🙂     My other favorite part was the pure silence at times.   My ears aren’t accustomed to quiet, though, and were ringing for portions of that.

I also think about the colors I chose to wear.  Red jacket, orange pants, my yellow backpack, and green hair/underwear.   Straight up the chakras, there!    I am contemplating some more proactive second chakra healing, beyond therapy to deal with the abuse.    The second chakra has to with power, sex, and money….all things I have issues with.   It is so nice to see pictures of myself wearing all these colors, though.  I feel so energetically alive in that regard, and I used to be someone who owned 3 of the same black turtlenecks.   🙂

On the drive back we ran into multiple circles of hell trying to get out of Joisey (why aren’t the turnarounds labeled as such?  Or labeled AT ALL?, and why are there no signs for the Parkway North, only South, on 17S?)   — to the point where the usual heaviness of reaching NYC limits was actually a relief.    Furthermore, every time I updated the google maps directions it had something different to say about where we should go…17S….no 17N….NO 17S!!!     Of course, it had to happen while I was navigating, when usually that is my forte.   Thanks for making me look like a fool, google.

I was grateful for the opportunity to get the hell out of dodge today!

Wow, it’s midnight.  I didn’t think I was going to last that long.  Bedtime.  🙂

What do I do for exercise?

Starting in the Fall of 2012 I started biking and swimming more semi-regularly.   The scale was hovering around 198, and I felt it going up the stairs to my 3rd floor apartment.   I also remember a patient  commenting that I was huffing and puffing on a particularly busy day – and that was without stairs!

In 2013 I am going to do my first 5 borough bike tour, a goal I had a long time ago.  In 2014 I want to do a century.  I am going to need a new bike for that.  My every day bike is a 1970’s Schwinn Continental.   🙂

Between biking and swimming alone, and slight dietary changes, as of Feb 2013 I have lost around 15 pounds, slowly, without too much effort.  Just doing these activities 1-4 times a week, and sometimes not at all.  It still has made a difference!   Like Afib, my routine is regularly irregular.   🙂

Now if only I can find a natural form of exercise to work out my abs, besides sex since there ain’t none of that happening lately.  I would love to integrate more yoga, too, which would could help in the ab department.  I also am taking a swim course, so with better strokes I hear it might help my abs too.