lifestyle

Experience vs Viewing the Experience

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I have this vision of myself, standing on a cliff in Ireland.  The waves crashing below, the storm clouds rolling in and the wind swirling around me.  I put my arms out and for a long moment, I am completely experiencing.  The sounds, the feelings, the energy, the emotions.  I know no past and I don’t care about the future, I am completely submerged in the moment.  Call it a meditation or a daydream. I use this vision quite often.

Every day we are viewing experiences.  Watching other people’s lives on television or on our phones.  Driving somewhere and watching the buildings and trees go by.  These are all experiences, yes, but experiences that we are viewing rather than actually experiencing.  It’s a subtle difference but all the difference it makes.

In the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert writes about driving in car and having the windshield completely block you from the experience versus driving on a motorcycle and actually being able to experience the drive, the wind, the sunshine, the rain.  It’s the perfect analogy for experience versus viewing the experience.

Where in your life can you start to fully experience, be fully in the moment.  Multitasking is great, but it completely voids you of the moment.  Wash dishes, and only wash dishes.  Go to the gym and leave you phone in the locker.  Be completely there.  It’s so simple, but so rewarding.

Lots of Love,
Brittany

yoga

It’s not the pose, it’s the struggle

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Yoga is not about the pose. It’s not about holding handstand or doing some crazy arm balance or even being able to sit in pigeon comfortably for several minutes at a time.

It’s about the struggle along the way.

When I see someone take flight in their first bakasana, I’m so freaking excited for them not because they finally got the pose but because I know all the struggles they pushed through to get to that point. I know the hundreds of times they tried it, failed and tried again.  I know the time they put into it, the frustration they pushed passed and the countless times they might have told themselves they’ll never be able to do it.

Yoga is not about the pose, it’s about the struggle.

Lifting is not about the weight, it’s about the struggle.

It’s about finding something that is challenging for you and pushing yourself to 10 to get to where you want to be. Who cares what someone else lifts, who cares about all the crazy arm balances the person next to you in class can do.  Everyone has different struggles, everyone has different goals and as long as you can focus on yourself and push through the struggles, you’ll come out a better and stronger you.

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Fitness Friday: 20 Minute Full Body Workout

Grab two dumbbells and get to work! You’ll do this for as many sets as you can in 20 minutes, with 45 second rest in between each set.

  • 12 Squats with Dumbbell Overhead Press at the top
  • 12 Reverse Lunges with Bicep Curl (each side)
  • 12 Renegade Rows (each side)
  • 12 Skull Crushers
  • 12 Lat Pullovers
  • 12 Leg Lifts

 

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Fitness Friday: Quick Power Yoga Sequence

Short on time but still want to kick it up a notch?  Try this Quick Power Yoga Sequence.

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Move through these asanas mindfully but quickly.  Focus on opening your heart and moving from your core.

 

  • Childs Pose
  • Down Dog
  • Sun A x 3
  • Sun B x 3

  • Crescent Lunge
  • Crescent Lunge Twist
  • Warrior 2
  • Balancing Half Moon
    •   Vinyasa to other sid
  • Pyramid
  • Revolved Triangle
  • Revolved Balancing Half Moon
    •   Vinyasa to other side
  • Eagle
  • Bridge
  • Shoulderstand
  • Frog Pose

Savanasa

lifestyle

Feminist as F#ck

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When I was 13 I had an article published in our county newspaper about equal rights for women in the military. I didn’t realize it then but I was already a feminist.  Let me be clear here and say that at 13, I had no idea what a feminist was.  I was purely witnessing and hearing about imbalanced treatment and it was making me see red.  And even at the age of 13, I needed to express that the only way I knew how, by writing a public article in the hopes of changing even just one person’s thought on equal rights.

Flash forward to 2011, someone said to me “oh god, are you one of those feminists?”. I didn’t know how to respond because I’ve never thought of myself in that way.  I’ve never had to put a label on the way I felt.  Was I a Feminist?  Heck. Yes. However back then, being a Feminist had a negative tone surrounding it, even though it was just a few short years ago.  Celebrities, Public Figures and Influencers were holding strong to the “I’m not a feminist” line, and as such so were the people.  I responded to him by saying something along the lines of “yes, of course I am!” and he then said nothing and abruptly walked away.  Buh Bye.

Jump to current day and you have Beyoncé singing in front of a jumbo screen with the words “Feminist” on it. And not so secretly, my heart skips a beat.  I’m quickly seeing Feminism become trendy.  From new books on being a feminist, to t-shirts, to fashionable websites, to celebrities all declaring “Yes, I am a Feminist”.  Yes, I am a strong woman. Yes, I can do masculine things as a woman.  Yes, I should be treated and paid equal.

A Feminist doesn’t look a certain way, we don’t hate every man that ever walked the earth, and we don’t think we are better than anyone else. We believe in equality, we believe in protection against rape, assault and harassment, we believe in your daughter, mother, grandmother, aunt, girlfriend and wife.

Yes, I’m Feminist as F#ck and you should be too.

 

Bookworm? Check out these books:

Feminist Fight Club

We Should All Be Feminists

We Were Feminists Once

Living My Life