Feeling good… in mind and body…

Well I don’t know if it is the euphoria brought on by the recent Super Moon or my yoga class but this week everything feels great!  Having always been a high impact, full exertion or nothing at all type of exercise goer, I am finding Hatha yoga surprisingly enjoyable.   For a long time now I have been meaning to give it more of a chance than the odd session here and there.  This year it was on my new years resolution list, again!

Perhaps it’s my age creeping up too but if I plan on living as long as I want to, the joints need some reprieve from boxing and running.  So I have finally succeeded in taking yoga up.  I started in January in Melbourne and have now found a wonderful place to continue my practise overlooking the ocean in Camps Bay!  (Yes, I do feel rather lucky!).

There are many descriptions but to summarise from wikipedia – “Hatha yoga represents opposing energies: hot and cold (fire and water, following similar concept as yin-yang), male and female, positive and negative. Hatha yoga attempts to balance mind and body via physical postures or “asanas”, purification practices, controlled breathing, and the calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation. Asanas teach poise, balance and strength and are practiced to improve the body’s physical health and clear the mind in preparation for meditation”.

I am finding it is especially helpful during this time of transition, when although on the outside I may seem confidently settled in to my new environment, I am still having troublesome dreams and feel a little anxious at times about the future.  It’s human nature, but the best strategy is to keep putting life into perspective, to make the most of every day and focus on the positive.

In other ways I am almost anxious because life suddenly seems too good to be true or is that just how it should feel in the sanctuary of marriage!  Well, not only was it the super moon this weekend but it was also the two-year anniversary from the happy day (22/06/11) when my dearest asked for my hand in marriage!  Now I am not saying it is always complete harmony, it is indeed a path with many ups and downs, but we are still making each other smile most of all.

Anyway, back to the point!  I find taking the time out to even do just fifteen minutes of yoga and quite simply breathing, first thing in the morning, can really start the day up in the most positive way.  The trick is getting up on time to make sure you can squeeze this in to your usual routine.  The benefits far out way the extra fifteen minutes in bed.  I will be honest, sometimes I can take some convincing to persuade myself (especially now when it is dark and cold!), but the more you do it the easier it becomes.  Go on, give it a go!  Oh yes, and most importantly, a smile for the first person who enters your world that day and I bet you will get one back.

Namaste’   – “I honor the place within you where the entire Universe resides; I honor the place within you of love, of light, of truth, of peace; I honor the place within you, where, when you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us.”   Mahatma Gandhi.

Blue sky.

Destination known…

The co-ordinates are becoming clear……. In fact the destination unknown is no longer a mystery and the dream is becoming a reality!

The trifecta of countries now concludes with a move to 33°55′31″S 18°25′26″E.

Which I can confirm takes me from Melbourne to Cape Town!

Very excited… slightly scared… inspired… exhilarated… keen… curious… and aware of how much there will be to discover, figure out and learn, but over all definitely certain in my head and my heart this is it and the only way is onwards!

I have just returned to Melbourne after an expedition to the Mother City to investigate plans for the official move all being well in June.  Well, you know how first impressions are very important, this City blows you away instantly.  Sorry Melbourne, and I must also apologise to the aesthetically stunning Sydney too, but for me the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meeting head on whilst Table Mountain stands proudly and majestically before you, it is hard not to fall in love immediately with this geography.

How hard can it be when you are surrounded by such beauty?!  Well, realistically there are always difficulties to be experienced in moving countries.  I am perfectly aware there will be days when I will pull at my hair and wonder what on earth I am doing there.  I hope my experience to date in these matters will at least enable me to step back and remind myself of the reasons I am there, rather than falling into an inconsolable state of melancholy and panic.   Which does happen believe you me when the going gets tough!

One also needs to be extra vigilant when relocating to a place that has suffered from more recent turmoil and difficulties, and is still indeed working towards a brighter future.  Unfortunately for Africa poverty and inequality are the driving forces of their miseries.  Combined with the hardship there is however an instant glow about Cape Town and some of the biggest smiles I have ever seen.   There is an amazing sense of prowess from the Capetonian’s only too pleased and proud to tell you about their amazing City.   I feel incredibly lucky to be on my way to experience all this fascinating destination has to offer and look forward to giving it all the positive input I can.  I sincerely hope I can help their cause during my time there and look forward to finding opportunities to do so.

For anyone thinking of moving countries, searching for a new life for whatever reason, here are my 3 simple rules to keep real:

1) MAKE YOURSELF A SCHEDULE……. and stick to it.   This will stop you from carrying out point three (see below), enable you to keep on track, and once you start to tick things off that good old feeling of achievement will boost you forward further and let you sleep more soundly in your new surroundings.

2) EXERCISE DAILY – once the blood is flowing you will be thinking clearly, ideas will trigger and the endorphins will carry you through the rest of your day feeling positive about your body, your self asteem and your new adventure.

3) DON’T DAYDREAM! It sends you down a dangerous path thinking the grass is always greener as soon as you are homesick or feeling lonely and lost.  You are where you are for let’s hope good reasons that took you on this journey which was surely no flippant decison….(especially not if you have been through endless form filling and meeting various visa requirements).  Remember it was never going to be plain sailing, it will take time, energy, enthusiasm and opening your eyes, ears and mind.  So try to think about how to embrace your day with positive thoughts and new endeavours.

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