"One of the tasks I’ve been set by my psychologist is to find an activity or hobby to love with one intention - to spend quality time on filling my own bucket.
She asked me to list some things I like to do, before I left her at the last session.
I said, "reading. I like reading books." "I'm reading David Goggins, Cant Hurt Me, where he is recalling how he mastered his mind, and broke through his own barriers."
She looked a little concerned about me sharing that I cried when he shared about the realities of the life he lived and endured. As the book unfolded, I thought my life pales in insignificance in comparison.... In other words, I have much to be grateful for.
What else do you like reading she said. I told her I'm also reading Start with why by Simon Sinek, A new earth by Eckhart Tolle among a list of other self-empowerment books. I told her I like to start lots of books but I haven't finished them.
She read my mind in that moment. You don't want to finish them because you're enjoying them that you want them to last and last. "YES!" Maybe you can look at finishing the ones you've started?
What else do you like doing or would you like doing for yourself?
"Salsa Dancing? But I don't want to do it on my own. I've asked my husband to join me but its just not his thing."
You're allowed to do things on your own. It can be you time.
"Meditation or Yoga maybe. Oh yeh and Park Runs"
Just as a doctor would write up a prescription, she had a little notebook, and wrote up my tasks, tasks for me to investigate.
I have been on the hunt ever since to find activities I can do that are relatively close to home. Last night I came across the idea of aerial yoga accidentally because my daughter has a double hammock that is taking up too much space and I was trying to think of a vertical solution that can be unhinged and put back up when in use, but when not in use, wouldn't take up much space.
The more I looked in to aerial yoga, the more I thought hmm this might be the 'something' I have been looking for. It had piqued my interest in the past but I never followed through on it because the studios were too far away.
Today when I googled I found a studio close to home and thought great! Then I started a hunt for equipment. I was amazed at how affordable the equipment is and how much is available online.
I then also discovered an online resource. It is internationally recognised but also delivers tuition online for aspiring aerial yoga teachers.
I thought to myself maybe in learning the how to, I can also learn how to teach, after all I want my daughter to learn too, and because I want to spend the time learning the how, I am equally interested in the how to teach.
When I was a baby, my mum had me sleep in a hammock hanging in the doorway. I did the same for my babies we used a Nature's Sway Hammock. They are readily available online. The hammock uses the babies own breathing pattern and or weight to wiggle, to rock, to sway etc.
This hammock also helps baby feel safe, secure and snug, almost as if in the womb.
This is what I imagine aerial yoga will also be for us - a cocoon of safety and creativity, for my daughter and I. She loves gymnastics and acrobatics and we've been looking for an extracurricular activity for her too. I think this will be perfect and fit in with what I am also trying to achieve as parent and a mum - different methods of instilling the art of meditation to my kids, to help them to cultivate a calm mind.
I will soon share a link with you on how you can also get involved online with aerial yoga, no matter where you are in the world. And watch this space for what we will be creating from here.
I believe the power of internet, whilst it has its drawbacks, has made more activities accessible and approachable. It just means our geographic location no longer becomes a barrier. The best thing Covid-19 did for us was to show us just how much we can achieve just being at home also. This is one of those activities you can do in the comfort of your own home.
I love to be quite competitive in the activities and hobbies I participate in, which means I want to hang out with the best teachers, coaches etc and be part of the best teams etc. Usually that means you need to go to the heart of the city centre to find the best of the best but now the online world has made it possible or me to connect with the best of the best online without that geographical barrier.
Im excited to have accidentally come across this new activity or hobby that will become my new love.
How does finding an activity or hobby you love relate to creating an online business? Imagine your work and your play time overlapping and choosing to work on the things you love every single day? What if you can choose the type of work you do based on what you love?
Stay tuned. Cant wait for you to hang out with me too.
Hi my name is Angela. I have loved writing since I was able to hold a pencil in my hand. I soon learnt I had a gift of connecting with my ancestors through writing before my 30th birthday.