afraid of the ball

So last night at the gym I learned a new exercise where the objective is to squat, pop up and then throw a heavy medicine ball over a TRX structure (think of a jungle gym about 12 feet high) to another person, they catch the ball, squat and throw it back to you, and again you squat to catch the ball. As I was standing there getting ready to catch the ball from my fabulous and fearless workout buddy I realized…I AM AFRAID OF THE BALL! What?!

Here I am a grown woman and I’m about to tear up thinking that the heavy ball is coming my way, but I didn’t say much I just tried my best. Not only was it a challenging physical exercise, it was an exercise in overcoming fear. I suppose the fear gave me a slight advantage considering that there was some great adrenaline coursing through my body. I was on edge, nervously laughing and anticipating the worst. I’m not sure exactly what the worst was supposed to be?. My guess is I was afraid to get hit and to get hurt. But, you know what? One of those times volleying the ball I DID get hit in the head. And it DID hurt, for about 30 seconds…and then it was over.

So what is the lesson here? Yes, it is OK to be afraid. Yes, you may get hurt. No, it does not last forever. And, each time that ball was tossed to me, I was a little less afraid. Practice makes perfect right? I’m still not fearless, but I’m a little more confident. Now, where is this concept true in the rest of my life. Because, as we know all areas of our lives are mirrors for the other areas of our lives. What happens at the gym, happens everywhere else in life. Or as someone once said; ‘The way we do one thing, is the way we do everything’.

So that’s my lesson for today and I encourage you to look at places in your life where you may feel fearful. Really take a look at the fear, feel it, and do whatever you are afraid of anyway. You may get hurt, but I promise it won’t last forever and most likely it will create confidence and trust within yourself.

Happy Leap Year!

Om,
Renata

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looking outside

Today I went to the Center for Spiritual Living, or as I sometimes call ‘church’. I haven’t been in a very long time and I was really searching for a nice dose of inspiration. I’ve been increasingly interested in opening up the pathways in brain for more spiritual understandings.

But, as life would have it…I didn’t really get it. It was a nice service overall, but I found myself nodding off during the talk. How rude right? I mean, here I am sitting in an audience full of people listening to a discussion that is obviously speaking to many of the group and I’m nodding off! I kept asking myself, why did I come? Why did my intuition guide me here today? I was expecting to listen to one of my favorite speakers and get a GIANT dose of LOVE! But, instead I just spent most of the time wondering what brought me there. I was even lucky enough to run into a student of mine that I hadn’t seen in years…

And then it dawned on me, I was looking outside myself for inspiration. Truly, inspiration must come from an internal place. Sure, others can help us to find connections that we were not able to see or feel before, but really I must look inside. So now the question is; how do I find my own inspiration? Sometimes it just happens naturally and sometimes it needs a little coaxing. And how to coax? Set my expectations.

So I’ve set my expectations to find more daily inspiration, instead of ‘wanting’ to find inspiration, I expect to find it. It makes a difference, you know. Expectation is far more powerful than want. So instead of searching and seeking something that I expect ‘might’ be out there. I expect that it ‘will’ be within me. So tell me, what are your current expectations in life? Do you think that any of them could be adjusted to be in alignment with what you desire out of life?

Lots of love –

Om,
Renata

sole changing

Today I changed my soles. No, not soul, soles. I was at the gym and decided that today I would put a different pair of insoles into my shoes to see what that would change in my workout. It wasn’t life altering or earth shattering but it did provide a different perspective.  It allowed me to move a little differently, notice movements in my step and create a new experience.

So I’m taking that lesson for today, and I’m going to shift things juuuust a tad. What can I glean from changing? And, what should I change? I’m going to start with what I usually do. Instead of sitting in my favorite spot, I’ll choose a new one. I’ll brush my teeth with my left hand, I’ll choose a different flavor of gum! Today is an experiment in minor shifts.

I’m not sure what I’ll learn, but I’ll be sure to share it with you.

Om,

Renata

lent

Lent to many people is about giving up something, but what if we decided instead to shift the idea of ‘giving up something’ to ‘adapting something new’?

I read a great article on how to create new habits today and it got me to thinking. What if I decided that I want to create a new habit to overpower a habit that I’m not so excited about?

So, for lent this year that is exactly what I’m going to do. I have so many bad habits to choose from (as do we all, I’m sure) but for me I’m going to change the habit of ‘self-sabatoge’. I know that is a broad topic but I’m going to start with the small things. For example, if I’m having a great day and I notice myself beginning to speak negatively in my head I will shift gears and do something different.  I’ll start a new habit instead…maybe I’ll sing to myself. Oh wait, I can’t carry a tune, maybe I’ll just focus on something pretty 🙂

Hopefully, by the end of lent I’ll have a much better outlook on myself and the world.

Here we go!

Om,
Renata

an om transition

Well, today is the day! Welcome to the transitioning om of the day. When this blog started it was all about oatmeal, and learning the simple joys of creativity and life through experimenting with my daily om.  And now, it is time for a change.

Exactly two years ago this blog started, and so what a perfect time to have a little birthday celebration! The gift for om of the day is  a little different, however. The gift is about what is happening in the ‘present’. A shift, a change, a transition…

This blog will be so much more than oatmeal. Yes, sure it will still have recipes that I love. But, it will also include a little bit more about life, love, spirituality and maybe even a little humor.

My mission remains the same, and I hope that you will enjoy om of the day EVEN MORE than before.

So here we go…the first goal is to write every day until Easter (since it is the start of Lent today), I think it can be done.  What should we talk about? Should we have pictures, essays, jokes, articles? Who knows how om of the day will manifest over the next year…but I’m excited for the change.

Lots of love to all of you!

Om,
Renata

strawberry socca

This socca bread is meant to be a healthy treat. High in protein and naturally sweetened it is a perfect weeknight yummy for you and your hunny.

Ingredients:

1 pint of strawberries (or more!), sliced

1 c garbanzo flour

1 c water

1 t vanilla

salt to taste, can be omitted

Directions: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour and water together until no lumps remain. Add in vanilla and salt, if using. Stir in about half of the strawberries in the mixture and pour into a parchment lined (or sprayed with cooking spray) pie dish. Place remaining strawberries on the top of the mixture for adornment.

Bake for 30-45 minutes or until the socca bounces back slightly when pressed.

Let cool, and enjoy this healthy treat.

 

Om,

Renata