my 10 on 10 day was a lovely, regular day this month. so this post is a peek into how things have kind of been for the past, oh say, almost two months. in my everyday life. a time that has been very difficult and very charming at the same time.
it seems that i have found a sort of balance to my days. and i have realized recently, perhaps even more so because of my weekend of life coach training last weekend, that meditation is now a way of living for me. it is as much of my day as sipping on my first cup of coffee. a ritual that is no longer something that i plan and strive to do, but something that comes naturally. and this makes me so happy. it’s been a dream of mine to be one of “those people”. and , i am not tooting my own horn, as we say; rather i am simply celebrating a much-anticipated desire to let meditation truly become part of who i am.
but, i am getting ahead of myself. let’s take this one photo at a time, as i share with you how my tuesday looked. a photo celebration of the beauty and balance of the every day.
first thing every day, i sip water by the window and slowly watch the day begin. i absolutely love this time of day. these 5 minutes or so of just gazing out my kitchen window.
after my window time, and while the coffee brews, i turn the calendar to the correct date. a little act that doesn’t really mean so much, but somehow i am mindfully aware of the passing of time every day that i flip the page to a new number. and i give thanks for being here – for one more day.
sipping on my first cup of coffee, i usually sit on the sofa and chat with my wife as she gets ready. i check out blogs, write + respond to comments, and watch the morning news on tv. this is what i call “family time”.
after my love has headed out the door, i get dressed, do the dishes, make the bed, and then get on the floor. time to meditate and journal. and some days practice yoga. oh, how i love this time of day.
after meditating, i may curl up on the sofa for a bit to do some writing and some work. how lucky am i that i can sit in this comfy space and work? candles lit. blanket around my legs. and fingers clicking away.
some days, like tuesday, i need a change of scenery. so, i move into the kitchen and sit at the table. the sun only shines directly in from about 11-1 PM everyday, and tuesday i timed it perfectly. more coffee. more writing.
in the afternoons, i can honestly say that i shift gears a bit as i prepare for lina to come home. not that it’s a big deal, but it’s time to focus on us. and her treatment really is that involved. the only thing i really do is begin to prepare dinner or take care of some other errands/things that she’s not able to do right now, as it’s best for her to rest as much as she can. which isn’t hard for her to do in one way because she is exhausted – something that happens when your body begins to work hard and use up all of the nourishment again. so, i try my hardest to make sure that things are calm and safe for her when she is home.
on this day, however, i found out that she was staying a bit later than planned because of a doctor’s appointment. she had a little more than an hour to kill, so we decided that i’d ride my bike up to the hospital and hang with her for a while. plus, i could attend the doctor’s meeting too. so, off i went!
the doctor’s appointment was really good. and then we sat and talked with her therapist for i don’t know how long. and that was really good too… she’s got some amazing help there. and her therapist is super good – i’ve met with her and lina a few times now. i am really impressed… and grateful beyond words.
we had dinner, did some talking and hanging out, and finally decided to climb into bed to watch an episode of homeland that i had downloaded. it was early, but we are both tired. emotionally, mentally, and physically. still, it was really cozy to just be together.
so, this is how my days really have looked for a while. minus the days when i have gone in to work at the photo boutique, or been away for the weekend. and it has been good run. but, that’s all over now.
last night, inspired by the new moon + challenged by life life coaching weekend, i surrendered to my deepest desire to complete my book by the end of the year. nothing is stopping me except me.
so, to be the most effective, i decided that i will leave the apartment at 9 every morning and head to the library. i will find my favorite little corner, which i will most likely get since i’ll be there when it opens, and i will write like a crazy person. not because i have to, but because i want to.
perhaps these balanced days have prepared me for what lies ahead. oh, i’ll still drink my water and gaze out my window to see the sunrise. and i’ll still meditate. but, when my love leaves, so will i.
i have been blessed with learning how to create a slow, intentional life throughout this entire year. and it has empowered and energized me. so now, even though i will be more active and out + about, i will be able to keep that slow, intentional way of living with me. because that’s just how i live now. like my meditation practice, it has simply become my way of existing.
now, share with me what a regular day looks like in your life!