Old Man Starts Exercising, Writes Blog, Part 6:
If these are Happy (if not actual) Coincidences can I have More Please?
As a highly-developed, thoroughly-evolved, pattern recognizing organism I often need to remind myself that coincidences are a fabrication of my mind and my perceived notions of the odds by which a coincidence may or may not happen often relates to the significance I apply to said coincidence.
Yet here I am, on a low–impact journey of physical fitness and opportunities for self-improvement are leaping out of the ethers toward me at an alarming rate. Of course, I am taking advantage of them and I hope that by sharing them I will enjoy more opportunities like them.
This blog, which I am writing as a sort of payment for my beginner’s Pilates Program from Compassionate Body and Diane Archer, is a lot of fun to write. Normally in the course of my business as a digital marketing professional, I write blogs over the signature of my clients. That is to say that I write blog for companies from the legal profession to the landscaping trade. All the while speaking with their voice on topics that interest their readers.
With this blog I am able to write in my own voice about things of interest to me and to others also interested in fitness and self-improvement. It is nice to be recognized as the writer and there are other benefits that are coming my way that I never anticipated.
When I wrote a couple weeks back about missing the opportunity to do the at-home session of pilates because I was to tired or too busy or too lazy to do so, that blog was read by a certain Brain Freel, who is a Life Coach, Personal Potential Consultant, Executive & Performance Coach, Conflict Management and Marriage Coach, Philosopher and founder of the Balance for Life program.
Brian saw in my musings that I might be primed for a little encouragement, seeing as I had written about a desire to improve on the one hand and a set-back of non-compliance in practicing my home pilates.
Brian and I set up an appointment and had a great discussion about rehabilitation and becoming unstuck. Just like I was starting to stretch out my core muscles in my pilates program, Brain was encouraging me to continue on the path that always begins with the next step.
A big goal like becoming fit is daunting for certain, but a little goal of taking the next step is not. You may want to eat the whole elephant, but Brian advised me to do so one bite at a time.
Not only that, but Reiki Teacher Roxsane Rysdae also offered, following a consolation I performed for her a complimentary Reiki session this week.
Now Reiki is deep and lifelong path to enlightenment that I was definitely interested in. I must admit, my interest is borne from a cynical position based on nothing more than eschewing things I do not understand and from that position, how could I not tale her up on her kind offer to fluff my aura and play with my charkas?
After the session, Shihan Roxsane told me a few things that were interesting and I must admit, a little mystical.
Spending 45 minutes at my head, Roxsane declared when all was said and done that my head is where I live. Even when asked what I do to ground myself, my answer came from my head and had little to do with the literal sense of grounding, which I now understand is to be present in the physical world.
Roxsane told me of the trickster that I have inside me, one that she was trying to draw out and for anyone who knows me, it must come as no surprise that the trickster figures large in my essence.
Coincidentally (or not), the Sunday Morning CBC Radio Program, Fresh Air was featuring a talk on using the principles of design to help get unstuck from a particular place in your life that is not as exciting as it may have once been.
From that I am drawing inspiration for my next presentation at the BEE network in November and look forward to using examples from my own journey to punctuate it.
And finally, at last months Niagara BEE Business Network meeting I won a fabulous door prize consisting of a month of free, unlimited Yoga at Moksha Hot Yoga on Glendale Ave.
My experience with yoga is about as wide and deep as my experience with pilates was before I stared with Diane, which is to say little to none.
So I have the perfect combination of coincidences to carry me through my next cycle of learning and blogging. I have complimentary session in a healthy pursuit, of which I know nothing about. I have a healthy curiosity of what the future may bring and I have a healthy command of the written word to share my experiences with you as I develop.
Today I hope for two things. I hope you find some inspiration in my journey to embark on your own journey and I hope that more opportunities to grow and to blog about growing come my way.
By Dan Willis
Diane Archer, Pilates Instructor from the UK now living back in Canada. Blog of tips, thoughts, home challenges.