It seems for me it takes a lot more conscious reminders to relax than it does for any of the other healthy lifestyle disciplines ! It seems if I do not stop, breath deeply and remind myself to be calm, I drop naturally into a state of high alert, and I can feel every muscle in my body tensing up in preparation to spring into action. Interestingly enough, two days into this decision to include joy in the journey, the pains i was feeling in my hips and knees have almost totally dissapeared on their own. As a result I was able to walk longer yesterday than I have been.
Yesterday also included a craft project that I was able to take a picture of to share- the painting of our sugar skulls. These are never eaten by us- thank goodness- because they are almost pure sugar. To make them you take a can of white frosting, a bag of confectioners sugar and mix to a play dough consistancy. Then you take a small ball, form an oval and then mold the eye sockets, nasal cavity and so forth. Let dry for a couple of days and then paint. Here are a few of the ones we did
As I said, these are never eaten by us. How do I get away with having such a sugary thing in the house without my son sneaking one ? I have been a bad mom and lied to him. I told him that candy that sets out without a wrapper absorbs the bacteria in the air and becomes poison. It is with that logic that we are also able to make cookie houses , which is the art project planed for today in school.
Not only did I get in our morning Wii fit work out , but I got in more walking, another session with my guitar, did homeschool, did housework and a short afternoon meditation session. I plan on making today yet another one that includes joy in the journey.It does a body good.