“What you are is what you have been, and what you will be is what you do now.” Buddha
2013 is well under way, and naturally January is a time to review the year that was, and look forward to what is ahead.
Looking at the LRY 2012 already post, it seems my personal intent to stick to the trails was mostly met, but the year didn’t pass without a few surprises and the highlight had to be raising funds for Girls on the Run of Hawaii in the Honolulu Marathon – thank you to everyone who donated!
But if we break down the above quote, and take a closer look at ‘what you will be is what you do now’ – it requires us to think seriously about what we do. And some days it seems like there are so many things to do! How on earth can we simplify our lives to ensure that we actually do something, rather than running around like headless chickens!
The answer lies in the words do & simple. Do some exercise and keep it simple. I’m biased but I strongly suggest running and yoga. Plan time out to run a few gentle miles, and open up the hips and stretch out the psoas afterwards in Pigeon Pose:
Additional inspiration can be found on the pages of Yoga Dork, and in particular an interview with Judith Hanson Lasater, an author who has been central to the U.S. yoga community for many years. The interview stresses the importance of not setting too many challenges in the new year but instead, focusing on experiencing and exploring new territory:
“Challenging doesn’t mean pushing. It means inviting the student to explore their own freedom and their own growth in their own time and in their own way.”
LRY will be exploring new ground in 2013, and it all starts with the HURT 100 on January 19th. I’ll be pacing a running compadre through his 4th 20mile loop – which might possibly be in the dark… There will also be new yoga experiences ahead, and LRY is looking forward to taking part in the Year of Yoga, as created by Grow Soul Beautiful.
On a final note, if you are on the lookout for even more inspiration to make things happen in 2013, apart from going for a run or doing some yoga, then check out the Do Lectures website – a gathering of do-ers in Wales!
Happy Trails in 2013!