Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Don't just do something... Sit there

I know I'm always talking about all of the things I'm doing. I'm always moving, trying something new and exploring... Adventuring, if you will. But I'm not just a one trick pony.
I'd like to share the OTHER side of Savannah.

Believe it or not, I actually possess the ability to sit perfectly still... I know, hard to believe...

As a matter of fact I sit completely still in quiet meditation every single morning before I leave for work. Actually, I meditate before I even eat breakfast.
You know, food inhibits your body from being able to listen to itself. It numbs the senses...

Not that I am ever going to stop eating big greasy cheeseburgers, but at least I know the cosmic consequences of my actions.

I remember learning how to meditate in high school. He would tell us to develop a "Happy Place" that we could escape to and clear our minds. I envisioned a chair on the beach, made out of the sand. Sitting there at sunset listening to the waves crash against the shore.
I've used this "Happy Place" for over ten years now and it's really treated me well.
In 2008 I went to Hawaii and decided to make this a real place.

I don't really use this as my meditation device anymore; I've adopted a more Buddhist approach to meditation. However, I still use my "Happy Place" for many things. When I can't sleep or after being talked into watching a scary movie...I'll take a trip to Sunset Beach and listen to the waves.
I try to stay centered and grounded at all times (like a tree) and meditation is the way that I do this. It helps me to pull away all of the distractions in my life to get to the core of who I am.
It is so easy to get completely caught up in everything that is happening; politics, weather, opinions, fashion, work, neighbors, drama, illness, that we mold ourselves around the things that are happening around us.

Sitting quietly in the morning helps me to remember who I am and what I stand for and let the rest do what it will.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Quickly

Quickly, Quickly

I have always said I walk for purpose, not for pleasure. If you want to take a lovely stroll through the park with me, I'm game. We'll have a great time. But generally speaking I am walking somewhere!

One of the girls I work with moved to New York at the age of ten. She said the first word she learned in English when she came was quickly.

It's like an unspoken rule that you must move at the quickest pace possible. It is not ok to stop or slow down in the middle of others who are moving. However trampling, pushing and sidestepping those in need IS ok.

You must rush, plough through, and reach your destination in the fastest manner.

Move, Move, MOVE!!!

I love it!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Things I wish burned calories

I spend like 27 hours a day on the train to and from work, then another 15 hours a day at work. I haven't joined a gym yet because I haven't had a permanent place to live. And anyone who knows me at all knows that I LOVE to work out and I start feeling like margarine when I don't… so...

These are things I do FREQUENTLY and wished they burned calories


*Commuting

*Stress

*Listening to boring people

*Smelling funky things

*Playing Texas Hold 'em on my phone

*Sitting in an office chair

*Avoiding panhandlers

*Checking out men


These are things I do on a DAILY basis

If they counted as exercise I wouldn't need to join a gym ever!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

These are the days you will remember

For the rest of your life

These are the memories you’ll pack in a box and you’ll pull out sometimes. So pick your flowers count the seconds roll the dice but baby don’t wait until it’s too late, put a smile on your face. These are the days

Jo Dee Messina knows what she's talking about

So far…
· A man has fallen asleep on me on the train
· I walked into a stranger’s apartment because I was lost
· Spent an entire day without talking to anyone
· Made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich while sitting on my bed because it’s the only space I have
· Lived at the YMCA
· Fit all of my possessions in a car
· And then in a single room of a house which I also had to live in
· Had a “moment” with Mr. Big
· Watched all 10 seasons on Friends on DVD before I had any real friends
· Made out with a NY cop
· Got yelled at by a subway station attendant
· And cried in about 4 elevators


These are things I'll never forget