That Mind-Body Connection

An Addition to the Journey

I still remember being that 20-something out on her own for the very first time. Eating cookies before dinner. Getting by with about 4 hours of sleep. Enjoying the weekend with cents maybe dollars in my bank account. Who was I fooling – ha!

Now I am more proactive in that mind-body connection. Eating better. Getting my sparkle on by exercising. Knowing that I need to work my body as well as my mind to be a healthier and happier whole well being!

Being connected and having that sense of belonging also helps with that mind-body connection. Giving to yourself and others. Communicating and interacting. Engaging and connecting. Sharing experiences to learn, develop and grow!

When the stress and anxiety kick in I really try to pause and do a check in with myself! Give reassurance that everything is okay and will get through it. Give reassurance that nothing is wrong with you necessarily and that everything will be fine. Give your whole being a hug!

Find that outlet that works best for you to connect your mind and body! Take the mind off the spin cycle. Put the body into being and/or motion and movement. Go for a walk to ponder and wander. It clears the mind and connects the body!

Making the time for yourself and your mind-body connection can be quite the experience, adventure and journey all rolled into one! In learning more about who you are and how you work can teach you more about health and life and everything in between. Talk about an energy and mood booster! It can be freeing by tuning more into your essence and sense of self. Talk about a boost of self confidence and self independence! 

When there is that mind-body connection . . .

  • You and your whole being feel GOOD!
  • You have more energy.
  • You learn to relax and rest.
  • Oh My Goodness! You sleep so much better and wake up – wait for it – RESTED!
  • You know most things are manageable and you will get through it one step at a time.
  • You know closing your eyes, taking a deep breath and letting it out with a smile and/or chuckle helps.


(Photos by RSheridan)

Health, Wellness and Happiness is Part of Your Journey. Remember to Nurture and Nourish Your Whole Being! Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share.

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Living Wholly

Whole Well Being That Is!

I am not sure if I started on a journey or one heck of an adventure back in mid-November! I had been a gym member for many years. However, it was no longer serving my best interests. I needed a change and found one that I fell head over heels in love with!

I enjoy the studio I go to. When I first started I did not think I would survive the first 50-minute class. I persevered and have been keeping my practice up for 8 months now. I find a good combo between challenging myself and having fun doing it!

The one major lesson I learned back in 2012 that still sticks with me today is that EVERYTHING is CONNECTED! 

  • Your health, wellness and happiness.
  • Your body in general has to work together to become one in motion and movement.
  • Your mind, body and spirit.
  • Your inner being to your outer being.
  • Making time for you and your whole being.

Practicing . . .

I am progressing in my practice. Learning to focus on the form more versus just going through the motions. Learning to embrace poses and accept that it challenges my body in a good way. Learning how to breathe better while exercising. Not only am I discovering my strong I am finding my sense of balance again!

Positioning . . .

The biggest change I have seen in myself is being able to properly position myself! Desk jockeying to mat work to walking and biking and everything in between. The ability to breathe easier, not crunching into your spine, being able to twist, rotate and pivot better and more fully, etc. Proper posture has so many added benefits!

Powering . . .

You learn how to power to perform and utilize your energies too! All that sitting makes your hip flexors short and tight and your glutes are limited in range of motion and may even weaken. Then your legs, hips and lower back take over and take the brunt. Think better blood flow too!

In looking back I think about all the hours and sweat I put into exercising and feeling at times the results were hit and miss. It is hard to explain the transformation unless you experience it. I went from sweating and burning to more focused in on motion, movement and breathing. I found I was more connected and that meant a more meaningful workout session. I also found compassion for myself and relaxation and rest for my whole being too!

For me it is about how I feel instead of look when it comes to my whole well being! Activating and engaging to a deeper and stronger mind body connection. All that bridging, working out on all fours and even squatting and planking. Stretching, increasing range of motion and of course balance (repeat what you did on the right-side on the left-side). It does a whole well being GOOD!


(Photos by RSheridan)

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Garden Oasis – Part 2

Becoming One With the Natural

Rainbow of Colors

Fauna


This is a Pine Cone!

Water Features

Pastels

Hot Pink

Red


(Photos by RSheridan)

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Garden Oasis – Part 1

Becoming One With the Natural

I love exploring gardens! The fauna and the flora. The water features. The places to sit back and relax!

Rainbow of Colors

Fauna

Water Features

R&R

Pastels

White

Hot Pink

Parrots

This parrot spoke one note that sounded like a small child calling mom, mom, mom . . .

This parrot was silent until I was near and then starting talking a stream of words.

(Photos by RSheridan)

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Diverse Scapes

Exploring the Wildness

Fauna

Fish

Flora

Water

Wildlife


(Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s to Walking on the Wild Side!


Crimson Tide

Tuscaloosa & The University of Alabama

Fact: UA is the oldest and largest of the public universities in Alabama. Founded in 1820.

Football

Bryant-Denny Stadium

The Quad

I enjoyed strolling through the Quad. I did a little research and the Quad is 22 acres.

Denny Chimes on the Quad – has a 25 bell carillon. I actually got to hear the bells while photographing the bell tower.


(Photos by RSheridan)

Thanks Alabama for Hosting Us During Hurricane Irma!


Zoo Day

An Animal Wonderland

Welcome & Enjoy!

America the Beautiful

Colorful Birds Galore

Lazying About

Monkeying Around

Koalas and A Wallaby

Organatans

I could watch all day long!

Walking on the Wild Side


Is there anything CUTER than a Baby Hippo! (Photos by RSheridan)

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Adventure Park Time

Get Ready to Explore!

Beautiful Birds

Big Cats


You cannot see me!

Going On A Safari

Hippo Time

Modern Day Dinosaurs

Monkey Business

Roo’s Relaxing and Resting


Oh So Funny to Watch! The lazing about and those facial expressions – ha!


She has a joey on board.


(Photos by RSheridan)

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3 Years Reflection

Finding Your Own Path . . .

Adventuring . . .

Journeying Along . . .

If you asked me three years ago am I living where I want to live, I would state I am making it work. Now I can state I am. I do think about the place I am at and the places I have been that make me a happier as well as a healthier being.

Creating

Are you being true to who you are and where you want to be?

  • What are you creating?
  • What are you making space for?

Take the time to go within yourself to reflect and ponder as well as make those life decisions and choices! 

Being you requires courage, but the freedom that comes from it will be worth it.

The more you show up as your authentic self, the more your life will flow.

Trust that who you really are is who the world needs. ~Shannon Kaiser

Ask yourself those million dollar questions too!

  • What are your “whys” in your needs?
  • What are you doing to live your life?
  • What is that ONE THING you really need or want as well as crave and desire?

What Truly Matters!

Cultivating

Do not forget the opportunity to experience growth! Make time for it for you and your whole being. It is important and a major part of the love and care you have for yourself. Really think about who you are as well as what you want to attract in living your life! 

  • Learning and developing.
  • Experiencing growth.
  • Gaining life experiences and memories.
  • Weaknesses into strengths.
  • Mistakes into successes.
  • Failures into opportunities.

Your personal growth comes within yourself! Believing, valuing and trusting yourself. That feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction. That coming full circle for completeness. Even when you are challenged you are growing!

Find that passion to be and to do! Being passionate in all you do is inspiring, motivating, fulfilling, satisfying, etc. Being open to trying new things and stretching your comfort zone. Going for what really speaks to your whole being!

It is okay to shift and adjust as well as change and transition! The hardest part is letting it happen naturally and not forcing it upon yourself. However, you do not have to settle either. It is about finding that balance and practicing the process. Really define what is truly important and is meaningful to you!

  • Possibilities and priorities.
  • Clarity and alignment.
  • Calmness and confidence.
  • Inspiration and passion.
  • Motivation and movement.
  • Curiosity and exploration.
  • Ponder and create.

What Makes You Happy and Moving to Your Own Beat!

Contributing

Think about . . .

  • What do you want to feel as much as possible?

Then send it out there to share with yourself and others!

  • What do you want others to feel when around you?


(Photos by RSheridan)

Find that “something” that gets you involved and engaged! Contribute and maybe even give a little dedication to it if it is something you really love. Find that “something” your own way too! You are the only one that knows what that looks like and how to go about it.

In contributing to yourself as well as others you are expanding, deepening, growing, experiencing, etc! You are being true to who you are by believing, valuing and trusting yourself. You find your drive and purpose in living your life. It is a process so ease into it and figure it out as you journey along!


Christmas Day 2017

Beach Time

A Holiday Tradition since moving South is to take time out to walk the beach.

I really enjoyed watching the pelicans plunging and feeding.


This Seagull was relentless in getting the Pelican’s catch! Get off my head!


(Photos by RSheridan)

 

Here’s to Stooping for Seashells! Remember to Take the Time to Slow Down and Savor the Moment.


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