Setting it Down
"Soup of the Day"...just got Serious!
Some of us are living in tight quarters with people we love. Sometimes our moods are quite different. Occasionally they may even seem incompatible.
If you’re the one on the happy or positive end of the spectrum, be grateful. And know that as you get better at protecting your positive mood, it gets easier to put it off to the side for a few minutes, or even a few hours, and then pick that happiness back up.
You gain a sort of quiet confidence that allows you to slide (as we explored yesterday) a little to the left or the right so you can empathize and be with, listen to your child, friend, parent, partner. Help and support them. Without harming yourself.
You can set your happiness off to the side. And authentically share your loved one’s space. Be completely present with them. It matters. Yes – you need to protect yourself, but your happiness will still be there, completely unscathed, ready for you when you are ready for it. When you need it. When you want to and choose to pick it back up.
And this isn’t only true about happiness.
You can do the same thing with feelings as tough and painful as grief. When you lose someone you loved dearly, or lose something that meant the world to you, I’m not sure you ever quite “get over it”. You lost something. That is permanent. And in the case of a person, it’s a huge deal.
You learn though to put the grief down. Sometimes - especially at the beginning - the knowledge that you can pick it back up, completely intact, permits you to put it down. You are still able to fully experience happiness and joy. Experience moments where your tears are only because you are laughing so hard your sides hurt. Grief and joy are not incompatible. It’s just that it’s sometimes helpful to experience them separately. Pay careful attention to your grief and sadness. It is so real. And important. And it can get very heavy. Just like a weight, you are strong enough to carry it around. But when it starts to feel really heavy, that’s when injuries happen. Make sure you periodically put down heavy emotions. I think you’re meant to. Just like a weight. True strength doesn’t come from lifting and carrying it around. The strength develops when you put the weight down, rest, and recover for a moment. When you pick it back up, that’s when you’re a little bit stronger. It’s suddenly easier to pick it up. It’s easier to put it down too.
Inspiration of the Day
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold rather a large amount of gratitude.” - A.A. Milne
Classes of the Day
We’ve got TWO classes on the schedule today!
MuscleFIT with Kim
Start your Friday off on the right foot with a MuscleFIT class with Kim! This full body workout focuses on maintaining and strengthening all major muscle groups. It will challenge your endurance, power, and strength for overall performance of functional movement.
Recommended equipment: water bottles or medium-sized weights and a small towel
Begins at 8:30am (35 minutes)
Click here to join the class.
Meeting ID: 840 5051 1743
Hatha Yoga with Shara
Spend your lunch with Shara and join her for Hatha Yoga! In this class, learn the foundations of a good yoga practice. Postures are taught with attention to detail and proper body alignment.
Begins at 12:00pm (30 minutes)
Click here to join the class.
Meeting ID: 829 1154 1690
If you have questions about our virtual classes, please reach out to Lauren.
Trainer Moves of the Day
I featured a number of these stability and strength moves in the blog earlier this month. I thought it would be helpful to put them on video both so you can do the workout with me and benefit from some extra cuing!
If you have any questions about this workout, you can connect directly with Meg here.
Bite of the Day
I have a really interesting, different take on today’s bite. Chef Sean Vodden from Stratus has two cookbooks he recommends. At a time when our fridges are often looking empty, totally uninspiring, and grocery shopping isn’t exactly easy, these picks are so timely!
The Flavor Bible: The Essential guide to culinary creativity, based on the wisdom of America’s most imaginative chefs.
This book provides a wealth of information on almost every type of ingredient. It breaks down specific ingredients and cuisines and helps you pair foods with completely unexpected ingredients. Strawberries and black pepper pair wonderfully. Corn and shiso combine sweet and tangy to form a delicious flavour combination. Be instantly and constantly inspired!
Charcuterie: The craft of salting, smoking and curing.
Fully respecting the important reasons why some people don’t eat pork, if you choose to eat bacon, this book is for you. Charcuterie teaches you to create wonderful, homemade bacon and other cured meats with less salt and way more flavour.
Do you have a "Something of the Day" you'd like us to share?! Email Meg.