Ramadan the ReMix LOG Discipline, Introspection, Focus

Observances/Adjustments

It’s important to analyze the challenges, potential challenges and WHY something isn’t working so we can be successful in our journey. It’s very important to me that I follow this to completion. On Sunday I attended a spiritual workshop which was the perfect prelude to Ramadan. I decided to share part of my daily log that I utilize to keep myself on track. Much Love to You

Monday –          

AM       ♥ 10 mins Breathing

          ♥ Open Focus

            ♥ Sun Salutation, Exercise

Observances:    The morning was great; I felt really empowered. I brought water with me to drink all day. I removed one item from the morning routine and I’m very comfortable with the practice above.

For lunch – one note – I packed waaay too much food – a large salad, two red potatoes, 2 black bean burger patties, a pulled mozzarella ball and 2 peaches. I knew I packed too much but lack of preparation led me to throw random things in my bag the next morning (literally one giant lettuce leaf, a handful of arugala, 3 mini peppers, a stalk of cilantro) because I didn’t feel like cooking the night before. I didn’t finish all of the salad. So tomorrow scale way back.

The heater under my desk was removed, which was good because it kept me “glued” to my desk (obstacle). God removed this obstacle for me; I strongly doubt I would have done that on my own, lol. I thought of the heater often throughout the day but I got up to move my body to keep warm ☺. It is beneficial, though slightly uncomfortable, to not have it there, but when establishing new habits, a little discomfort is necessary.

PM       ♥ Breathing

♥ Open Focus

♥ Stretch

♥ Read

I fell a little flat in the evening. I wanted to eat out of habit or boredom. I felt into my body and I was not hungry at all. I wouldn’t have eaten regardless but it was easier to kill the idea to eat when I realized I wasn’t even hungry. I felt myself really, really sleepy. I sat on my yoga mat and started doing the habitual b*llsh*t  things I normally do that keep me scattered. I stopped myself. I started to do a moon salutation but my body was so resistant I stopped halfway through and remembered sometimes I get really sleepy in the evenings. I analyzed what was most important to me to practice each evening and I crossed off moon salutation. What I accomplished for the night is what is listed above. If anything comes out of this discipline, it must be the practices above so although I had other things to do, I allowed my body to fall asleep. This ended up being a good thing because it caused me to revise my night routine. I played my Tibetan singing bowl which helped to clear my mind (I had a bit of scattered energy), I burned a candle, practiced open focus and I fell asleep. When I awoke, it was way later than I intended. I decided I had to show up for myself so I did 10 minutes of deep breathing and read. I decided to divide my book up and read a chapter each night and I’ll be done in 7 days. I went to bed around 2am though…

So this is only Day 1, not bad. I definitely feel empowered, that’s for sure. And I didn’t practice any self-deprecating words like “you’re not doing enough” because my most important things are accomplished and I decided these will remain a part of my daily practice no matter what happens and my body and mind need time to adjust.  I decided the benefit of waking up early is I can complete the practices above while practicing discipline. Then, if I need to sleep later on, at least those most important things are already done. That really resonated with me.

Day 2     Tuesday

The rest of the world will be observing Ramadan starting today. This morning I felt super sleepy and it was difficult awakening. I gave myself a few minutes to rest and decided to show up for myself and start my breathing practice.

It awakened me enough to move forward into open focus practice. Then I did sun salutation but the only exercise I did was releves and squats. Well, something beats a blank. I packed my lunch and water and was off to work.

*of note, I was guided to eat an apple each morning so I decided at the last minute to add an apple and tea into my morning routine. I don’t particularly want to, as I’m quite comfortable not eating breakfast, but during this timeframe I will do as instructed. I had 1 or 2 slices left over from yesterday’s slices and drank my tea. Then I was off.

Lunch went much better than yesterday. I still had too much food though. I ate a large bowl of pasta and a yam and some arugala and cilantro. I feel the need to have less food so I’ll try again tomorrow. I’m also being guided to have less starchy foods so I’ll focus on lentils or beans, greens, plain oatmeal. I want to have a comfortable lunch and not feel too full. Onward.

This evening. I had some posting to do. Now NORMALLY if I’m doing a spiritual program or something like this I “check out” from the world and just focus on myself, but THIS time I was guided to find joy in this experience so I’m attempting to keep as much normalcy as possible while still maintaining my routine. So far it’s ok. A little scary in the mornings and during the day and in the evenings. Honestly, the “scary” is the thought of me having a moment of weakness and “failing”. I decided if I “fail” I’ll just keep going. It’s like if I’m walking down the street and trip and fall. I’ll get back up, I won’t lay there.

A text message came through today that my neighbor, who caters, is cooking dinners again and if I wanted to order something. I normally do since her food is the bomb.com, but not now because I also gave up fish. Awwwwwww maaaaaan she had catfish (she never has thaaaat!!!!) mac n cheese ( whoooweeee) and yams topped with marshmallow {saliva dripped down face}. But I’m not having fish, cheese or sugary things unless its fruit.

But SIKE! I aint fallin for dat. I’m good. DUH-LETE.

Tryna trick me! It’s only day 2! I mean damn

Well its outta my system. I CAN DO this. I’m a mexiCAN, not a mexiCANT!

I CAN and YOU CAN TOO

Published by cherrymoor

Well. (Sigh). I am a writer. I have always been a writer because I’ve always loved writing. And yet, I just realized a few days ago that I am a “writer”. What does this mean? It means I have a Need to write, a Calling to write, it completes me. Simple, right? Why am I just now realizing this? I always keep my written thoughts to myself, for the most part, only really sharing on occasion. I don’t really like speaking out to much, although when I do I am absolutely certain in my resolve. I’m also a researcher, which is why I am certain in my resolve. I am writing this quite frankly, because of a feeling. A feeling that I need to do this. Before I started writing this, I titled this “healing”. Interesting because I had no idea what it would be about, but it is about me doing something that I love and healing myself through the process. So, I want to encourage anyone who reads this, to do exactly what you love and you will be healed. Healed from the stress of repressing something that is dying to get out. Healed from society’s view that plugging into the matrix and working to make others wealthy is the way to go. Healed from the mental slavery that appreciates the pennies our government throws at us when this is a world of abundance. Healed by the ability to break free and do exactly what you want to do. Don’t care about the details, not anymore. My path has led me to this place, at this time, right now, to begin doing what I love and I will follow that path as I always do. I always say, listen to your body, and it will tell you what it needs. Wishing every human and animal on planet Earth heartfelt LOVE and peace of mind. Cherokee

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