Wednesday, May 14, 2008

40 Days of Change

What is 40 days of change you ask? Well, I will tell you. 40 Days of Change is about making a change. A change in you, to aspects of your life, to your community or to the world.

I partake in yoga on the odd occasion which means I buy passes to go to yoga classes thru out the year and I try to make it as much as possible. I am not an astute practicing yogini but would like to be one day. There are many times when the call of my couch is much stronger than the call of the mat.

I receive emails from my yoga instructor frequently and she has recently set up a "40 Days of Change" for the yoga community here in town. She is offering free yoga classes for 40 days (Tuesday to Friday) which is so amazing but they are at 6:15a.m. which is not so amazing. I am not a 6 a.m. early riser at all! (I know that will change when the wee one is home) So, I am not partaking in these classes.

However, I am going to participate in the "40 Days of Change" in my own way. I feel I need to channel this adoption energy inside me to a place of positivity...I find that I am wallowing in the negative aspects of the adoption a bit too much and it isn't good for me, my husband, my family, or my friends.

She has asked people to set an intention for the next 40 days. Here is her guidance on how to set an intention:

"Your intention is yours. YOU decide what you will commit to each day. It may be about swimming, or Tai Chi or gardening for you. It may be about being kind to the beings in your life, cultivating gratitude or growing your meditation practice.

Please let this sink in....I am not going to tell you what to do, nor is your 40 days going to look like everyone else's. Intentions come in all shapes and sizes :).

So...set an intention for the next 40 days that is SIMPLE and DO-ABLE. SIMPLE....SIMPLE....SIMPLE. [i.e. I will roll out my mat and do 1 asana/pose every day; I will smile more often; I will walk more; I will eat something green every day].

Setting an intention is a way to align and connect with what is important to you RIGHT NOW. It is a personal agreement that puts an energetic focus on your vision of your life. It is also about action, since it actively directs your attention.

My suggestion for setting your intention:

Grab a journal, a pen and a quiet moment. Light a candle. Celebrate in your heart your willingness to participate. Ask yourself the following 4 questions:

1. What is it I wish to enhance?
2. Is there anything I want to let go of?
3. Is there something I yearn to discover...uncover?
4. What is it I'd like to manifest?

Once you've set your intention, acknowledge it and let it go. Drop it into your unconscious and go about living. Relax and be receptive to the magic...create space for the new to enter...accept and celebrate who you already are, creatively stepping into your vision.

One last suggestion: Choose a buddy you can share your intention with, then keep it close and seek your own inner counsel first. Be aware of your intention, but don't try to "WORK" on it!
Trust yourself, trust your the process."

I am going to share my intention with you all - I will walk my dog every day and enjoy living in the moment.

Please feel free to join me in this if you like - you can do it quietly on your own or you can tell me via blogging how it is going. You can just watch as I do mine too...that is o.k.

My yoga instructor is sending us inspirational guidance every day during this practice...I will be sure to post these every day - even if that is all the I post on a given day.

This started yesterday so I will post the two she has sent us:


"Up! Up! The sun is getting up.
The sun gets up. So UP with you!
Up! Up! Up! Great day for up!
Wake every person, pig and pup.
Till EVERYONE on Earth is Up!"
Today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.

-Dr Seuss


Before I scurry into the details of this day,
let me touch that web of timeless peace
and drape it gentle on my shoulders.
Let me gaze from the leaded window
and watch light dance upon the apple tree,
and swell with tears of gratitude
for the miracle of life.

- Gill Edwards

Much love from me to you!


CinnamonOpus said...

What an awesome idea! I think this is something I'd like to do. I'll have to start my 40 days a little later than you because I'm going to need to think about this one a bit. But I like the idea of making a change. There are so many things in my life that need change.

And I do yoga each day, so I'd totally take the passes from you if I could! :)

Tanya said...

This is a great idea, thanks for sharing. I think I will join in on the fun as well!

Rana and Yvan said...

Awesome Girls! I am glad to have support on the journey - please be sure to let me know when your 40 days is done how it went!

I wish you lived closer Cinn so we could go to yoga together - I need a kick in the @#$ now and then to get me out the door :)

CinnamonOpus said...

I know -- it's a tough commute between southern Ontario and Saskatchewan, though! I do my classes online, so it would be fun for me to go to an ACTUAL class for a change!