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Retreats

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Long or short, increments of honoring the self wellness of a retreat. Even just 5 minutes.

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Category: Emotions, Personalize 5, Selfseeds, Stillness
Tag: India, retreats, Selfseeds emotions, Selfseeds personalize 5, Selfseeds stillness

Starting The Walk At 7, 200 ft. Elevation

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Starting a hike at 7,200 ft elevation and immediately walking up immediately tests one’s fitness. The raw beauty makes one feel profoundly humble to be part of something much bigger then one’s self. I will put the total experience in the Selfseeds Personalize 5 category even though the hike was several hours.

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Category: Emotions, Fitness, Personalize 5, Selfseeds
Tag: Colorado, hiking, nature, raw beauty, Redstone, Selfseeds personalize 5

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Category: Selfseeds, Selfseeds Community
Tag: book, Seeing Through The Eyes Of The Horse, Selfseeds, Selfseeds personalize 5

Safety While On The Run

 

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Amber Fort, India

Stubbornness and a joy of exercising have created a must look at the safety factor of running, walking, working out at the gym in foreign places. What is the point of exercising if you are hurt or violated in some way that completely unhinges your wellness physically or mentally, but what is the balance?  As a warrior type, I probably dip too far into the risk taking mode, so living in India on or off for the past three years has brought a reality check into the vulnerability of women–period.  As a white woman walking, there is an underline, since I am visible, a novelty, and come with all of the western connotations of “loose women,” because of what is often depicted on television shows.

I tried the gym, but it was sort of like adding a bloody carcass to a shark feeding area and saying, “Don’t touch.” No matter what boundary, amount of disinterested focus, attitude or whatever technique I drew upon for the day, the sharks kept coming and the mental work out became a bigger price than the benefits of the physical workout.  Plan B, exercise outside the gym or in my room.  Playing workout DVD’s is good and there are a lot of choices, but I hunger for the outer world too. Plan C, the strategy has been to start the work out early, before “the world” is too alive, but late enough that there is light arising.  Having lived and traveled internationally a fair amount, there is a window of opportunity for walking, running, etc. that intuitively feels safe as a woman, but as a woman there is never an absolute.  Yes, the extra radar awareness needs to be turned on when moving through areas that are unfamiliar. Walking with purpose and a sense of presence (not the look at me, here I come type) are all ingredients for body language, setting an intention, and a tone for business. I have found there are usually others out exercising too even if they aren’t strategizing about safety.
Another benefit of starting early, you feel satisfied and fulfilled to start the day with something precious to your state of being. Check mark by the “you are important and I value my state of well being.”  The activity takes the “edge off,” but also invigorates me for a place of inner calmness, problem solving with less ego attachment, and a sense of ease in the body structure.  On a personal note, I love the light of the morning and watching what starts to unfold as the master painter adds light and shade to what was in darkness–the magic of light.
Is this possible for everyone, all of the time–probably not, but the share is regarding exercise and safety while living and traveling in foreign places. Are there places in the world that woman don’t have to consider there personal safety?  Maybe, but since i have grown up with some need for awareness, that hard wiring is a part of me and I need to respect it.  Friends and family may be shocked to hear me concede this point, since I am the warrior type, but the gang raping situation in India and the distorted individuals who are opportunistic and without moral boundaries worldwide means I need to look out for me without losing all freedom.  A balancing act, but one to be honored.
A walk up the hill

A walk up the hill

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Category: Balance, Fitness, Personalize 5, Selfseeds
Tag: exercise, safety, Selfseeds personalize 5, travel

Daily Selfseed #11 Lilac

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The smell, the sight, and the texture are all lovely.  Don’t wait to Personalize 5 minutes for yourself!

Category: Emotions, Personalize 5, Selfseeds
Tag: flowers, just 5 minutes, lilac, scent, Selfseeds personalize 5, smell

Daily Selfseed #10 Screen Saver

Ok, this Daily Selfseed could appear silly, but I love when my screen saver comes on.  I have it set on random photos, so it acts as a simple, but powerful touchstone to random memories.  It is like a tiny movie of familiar beauty. Take 5 minutes to enjoy your personalized archive!

Category: Emotions, Personalize 5, Selfseeds
Tag: just 5 minutes, photo album, screen saver, Selfseeds, Selfseeds personalize 5, take 5

The Poster Child For Selfseeds Personalize 5

Everyday take some time out for yourself, to do what you love to do.
We Are Human Angels the book

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Category: Personalize 5, Selfseeds
Tag: Selfseeds personalize 5, take 5 minutes for yourself