Intentional Progress

I’ve been climbing lots of mountains this summer….14’ers they’re called in Colorado.

 

View from Quandary Peak
View from Quandary Peak

Quandary

Kelso RIdge
Kelso RIdge

Kelso Ridge of Torrey’s & Grays Peak

Snowmass
Snowmass

Snowmass

Challenging, sometimes death defying mountains that not only test your physical strength and stamina, but your mental state. I found myself questioning my capabilities several times, hesitating more than I ever have when faced with a gnarly cliff, full expose, jagged rocks, steep gullies with loose tallas and skree. I couldn’t seem to catch my breathe at times, so I’d stop….thus prolonging the summit. Never had I experienced anything so mentally challenging, physically demanding, but naturally beautiful and peaceful all at the same time.

It’s made me think of how I choose to concur, tackle, face life’s challenges. My girlfriend and I do yoga almost every Wednesday and recently, I listened to a teacher discuss intentional progress. This resonated so deeply with me! To intentionally seek that next step, be aware and alert to what’s needed to get there, then actively put it all into motion!? It sounds so obvious, doesn’t it? Yes, that’s where I want to go….and I got there. Duhhhhh!

But I stopped to think about how many times I had just gone through the motions of something. A work project, a family obligation, a hard climb. You trudge through it, hoping it will soon come to an end.  Climbing some of those mountains, there were times I couldn’t find my intent – I just wanted to get through it. The thought of intentional progress awakened something in me.

If I can learn to do things with intentional progress, to fully commit, be in the moment and focus on completing the task with my full being…oh what a lesson that will be.

Happy progress!

Bumble Bee Breathe with some Garlic Ginger Sauce

Today, I’m flying to Chicago for work so it’s been a hectic morning! Having spent the past two days in the mountains, I’ve had to gather my goods quickly and get dropped off early at the airport by Mr. Mike (thanks love!).

I’m leading with today’s pose as it’s so beneficial for pre-post flights. If anyone has sinus problems, or inner ear issues, or perhaps you’re getting over a cold (like me!), this pose is delicious. I plopped my suitcase down and bumbled it up at the Denver International airport. Were people staring? Maybe, but when does that ever stop me!? It shouldn’t ever stop you either – let you be you, wherever you go!

 

Bumble Bee Breathe
Bumble Bee Breathe

Sit in a comfortable position, with your tailbone straight, crown of your head to the ceiling. Put your thumbs in your ears, pointer fingers on your forehead, and let the other fingers gently cover your eyes.

Breathe here, for 5 deep breathes. Let the air circulate through your nasal passages and fill your lungs. Ahhhhh.

Ginger & Garlic Sauce

Good to top on sautéed veggies, use as a dressing, or use to marinate your tofu, this simple recipe combines a number of food gems that will aid in your digestion.

Ingredients
Fresh ginger, 4-5 slices
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3-4 tablespoons of Amino Acids
2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
A splash of sriracha sauce (if you like it spicey)
(Double the recipe for bigger meals or if you’d like to save some)

Combine all in a food processor or blender. You can always add a splash of coconut milk to make it a bit creamier. Enjoy!
2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
A splash of sriracha sauce (if you like it spicey)
(Double the recipe for bigger meals or if you’d like to save some)

Combine all in a food processor or blender. You can always add a splash of coconut milk to make it a bit creamier. Enjoy!