Mehr Leben: Lebenskunst & Yoga

Jena is a happy beautiful place… April 16, 2014

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Day 45: Yoga on through April 13, 2014

Filed under: Yoga — mehrlebenskunst @ 21:43
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My yoga corner I actually had to check my calendar to find out where I am at. Well, I passed the 40 days. The result? Five days on, weekends off. My alarm is still set for 5:45 am and most mornings I have 45 minutes before my son stumbles in. I enjoy my quiet mornings, even though my mind does not always play along. Then it feels more like a chore having to get up that early. However, I always notice the difference at the end.

While I sneak off into the living room to practice, I finally set up my little yoga corner in the bedroom. My husband painted this beautiful little cupboard for me. I love the morning light in the bedroom too.

My highlight was setting it up on a Saturday afternoon. Finally having this space just for me (in the picture you can’t see the mess around it…). The next morning my son slept in (a miracle!) and I got to use my space…

It was so beautiful. The light, the moment, the uniqueness of it all. I chanted 108 OMs using the mala I bought the week before…

Some precious moments seem to be thread like beads, one following the other in perfect alignment. All we have to do is enjoy the beauty of them all…


Colour your world: Tulips on my kitchen table April 12, 2014

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Tulips in a vase


Colour your world: train station Leipzig Knauthain March 28, 2014

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Leipzig Knauthain


Day 24: Settling in March 23, 2014

Meditation cushionI am more than half way through my attempt at 40 days of yoga practice and found this week that five days on and two off worked with everything else going on. I even managed to avoid too much protest of my son in the morning.

With all these other things on my mind, I am finding it difficult to shut out the noise. The constant conversations in the back of my head are exhausting. However, I can’t remember a time when stress did not affect my digestive system. While the going-ons are manifesting themselves in my right shoulder, my belly has been fine.

I have also felt settled, with an determination of taking my time over things, trying to focus. Because really, let’s face it, I am not working in the ER. So I am chipping away. One item on my list at the time. So it felt quite rewarding when a friend commented last week on how calm I seemed. (Take that stress monster!)

Yesterday I bought a meditation cushion. It is a beautiful blue. I will be sitting on it tomorrow morning at 5:45 am. My morning practice that I am carving out of my usual routines, step by step, shaping this amazing space that allows me to visit myself every morning…


Day 18: Some days are just the beginning… March 18, 2014

Filed under: Parenting,Thoughts — mehrlebenskunst @ 00:03
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max and meSome days or any day

Long, drawn out, epic or Short and sweet

Fundamentally 24 hours

Remembering forever or trying not to be reminded of

Sometimes submerged, forgetting everything else around me

And then this day once in my lifetime, receiving you, my son…

And nothing stayed the same…

I love you!


Day 10: Finding balance March 9, 2014

Filed under: Diary,Thoughts,Yoga — mehrlebenskunst @ 22:19
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Tying bits together...I completed the first week of my 40 days of yoga and then took one day off. Actually, it worked out quite well. Even though I did not make it to my yoga class at all this week. It is always amazing to me what happens to the mind once that attitude shift has happened. Without wondering whether I should practice or not I can focus on making it happen. Finding that slot in the day that seems to just conveniently open up when the time is right.

For me, that is in the morning around 6 am. There were a few mornings I even woke up before my alarm went off. And the one day I took off, my mind was like a juke box randomly assembling its own mantra compilation. Hilarious!

The last few days I felt inspired to change my random asanas in the morning into more of a practice. Giving it more structure. Something deliberate. Practicing the same sequence for seven days in a row. What a concept for my easily bored scatter brain.

Earlier in the week, I just sat and waited to see what would come up. It seemed like the right thing to do. It was a rather emotional morning…

Overall I slowed down my morning practice. I have been having very busy days at work and felt a profound need to get really grounded. Finding balance…

This photo reminds of what yoga is to me. A safety net, all around me, if I care to look. Enabling me to follow my path, one step at a time, tying the loose ends together to a beautiful passage way that creates a structure taking me to the other side…



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