I spend my weeks waiting for the weekend, and the weekend never feels long enough. We kicked off the past weekend with a backyard potluck at my great uncle’s house, held in honor of our cousins visiting from Texas. Four generations of Mondragóns ate, sang, and danced the evening away. Saturday afternoon was spent grillin’ and chillin’ at the pool, followed by a birthday party for my nephew at my grandma’s house, starting with homemade ribs and mashed potatoes and ending with a massive game of Apples to Apples. Sunday, my boyfriend, his mini, and I met my family for brunch before running errands and meal prepping, leaving me wondering where my weekend went.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed the abundance of family time, I was definitely due for some me time.
Change of Scenery
This evening marked my first Yoga on Bosque of the summer, and the perfect way to decompress and prepare myself mentally for the week ahead. I love my studio and find peace practicing in my living room, but there’s something refreshing about practicing yoga outdoors. The observation deck at Tingley Beach is an unusual and ideal place to collect my thoughts and center my intentions for the week while basking in the serenity of the Rio Grande along with my fellow yogis and the geese soaring above us.
Those who attain the middle...
Dominate the whole
We ended class with a reflection on the middle, as that Sunday happened to be exactly the middle day of the year; the 183rd day, exactly half of 365. Once you reach the center of anything, you can dominate the whole in any way you please. In chess, those who gain the middle board are usually in the superior position. In a storm, those who reach the eye are safe. In making decisions, those who cleave to the center are wise.
There are 182 days on either side of today to make a year. There is no center day in an even numbered period. It is the odd-numbered set that is dynamic.
In all areas of life, it is good to establish goals and parameters. Define the scope of anything that you do. That way, you will know when you have reached the center and perseverance will be easier.
"Define the scope of anything that you do."
This served as a gentle reminder for me to check in with myself on the progress of my goals, determine my focus, and shift my priorities, not just for the week ahead, but for the next six months.
This month, see if you can take your self-care routines outdoors. Doing something familiar in an unconventional setting will inspire and invigorate you.