When All Else Fails: The Mini Mind-Vacation

Hello Friends!

May I start off by saying, I’m human.

I haven’t posted in a while, as you may have noticed. These last two and a half/three weeks have been insane in the life of Rhed.

My husband has started an Improv class/troupe/university called Madcap Theatre. Have you ever seen the show Whose Line Is It Anyways?? That’s what my husband does. He’s an actor-writer-director extraordinaire. (Interested? http://www.madcaptheatre.wordpress.com) He has started this on top of being a full-time student getting his Masters, and starting up a Theater journal/blog called http://www.thegreenroomchronicles.wordpress.com and working so we can eat. Also, he’s performing in Macbeth soon.

Phew.

Now, I love that he’s a creative genius and all, but with that comes a slew of exciting roller-coaster rides. And a two-week long migraine of doom for me.

Along with his busy schedule constantly being in flux, I have received a new job, and have been working on the music side of this blog. Yay! Exciting! Whoohoo! (And about time I start the music posting, let me tell you.)

You may be wondering how this relates to a Healthy Temple…

All of this crazy new change is wonderful, but my body has definitely taken a toll. My workouts have been lacking, to be honest, and I can feel it in my body. Particularly my less-than-defined midsection. I’ve gained two very discouraging pounds due to stress and lack of routine. And some poor drink choices that go straight to my abs. I’d do the odd workout here or there, but it hasn’t been consistent. In fact, the other day I was working through a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) DVD at home and I found myself not challenged and peaceful like I normally feel, but challenged and… angry. I couldn’t understand it. There was nothing I was frustrated about, but here I was furious, and the more I worked my body, the angrier I became.

My dear husband gently stopped me, and popped in yoga DVD I had gone through a million times.  I went through my familiar asanas, and found myself smiling in Tree Pose. I realized I had been flooded with anger because that was my body’s way of saying This is not working today! Sometimes, like my husband did for me, others that love us can see what is best for us, better than we can. We’re all human, and our bodies are in constant flux. I had told myself that I needed to smash out a hard workout no matter what, but I really needed to stretch and center myself, and my hubs knew that. He handles change so much better than I do.

He also knows all too well what makes me happy and chill, so he took me to my favorite local small-business shop called Nila Beans. It’s full of wonderful things, like bright rich fabrics, hippie bags, pretty candles, wooden earrings, chill music (I’ve recently been on a Simon & Garfunkel kick on Pandora radio.) and…incense! So we got 10 sticks for dirt cheap (like $1.15 I think?!) and now my house smells like Egyptian Musk, Peace of Mind and China Rain.

What makes you happy? What makes you full of joy and smiling? (I know I ask these questions a lot, mainly because it’s a good reminder to myself!) Take a second and think about these things. Even though your day might be crazy busy, and you feel like you can’t escape it. Go to that happy place in your mind and REST. Try to focus on these things today. Relax. Even in the midst of the crazy, picture what brings you joy, and have a mini mind-vacation. Maybe try a different approach if you are struggling with your health or workout regimen like I have been. Because, Lord knows, we are all human, and we can all use some Peace of Mind. 😉

Peace, Love, and lots of Hugs,

Rhed

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