Awakenings … Yoga … Ice Cream … Gear

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I’m so bummed. About 3 years ago, I bought this amazing Now and Zen alarm clock that gives me the most beautiful and peaceful awakening every morning. It chimes once … then chimes again 3 1/2 minutes later. The interval between the chimes decreases until I am definitely up no matter what time it is. I LOVE that alarm clock! And it stopped working last week.

I paid over $100 for this bamboo alarm clock. So, I assumed that there would be information on how to repair it. Obviously this is a fine product, and I’m sure with a name like Zen, the customer service will be very helpful. I found their website, and there was nothing about repairing it. So, I googled “zen alarm clock stopped”. My, oh my. Scores of horrible reviews about this clock popped up. I’m lucky I got 3 years out of mine. Other folks only got a few months or nothing at all. There’s a warranty for a year, so some got replacements, but the replacements broke, too. After the warranty expired, the company does nothing except offer a new clock for $79. Their facebook page is filled with complaints, and they don’t even bother to answer them. I posted my two cents and decided to move on to another solution.

Peaceful Progression Alarm Clock

Peaceful Progression Alarm Clock

One of the theories about why we don’t remember our dreams is that our loud alarms clocks jolt us into reality so fast that our dreams scatter from our subconscious. I really want a gentle awakening. The last few days I’ve been using my phone, and I hate that I have to get up and shut it off as soon as it goes off, or it annoys the hell out of me. I want to lay around for a few minutes and slowly wake up. So, I looked at an article with suggestions for gentle alarm clocks. I found a Peaceful Progression Alarm Clock that looks nice, but it’s a little out of my budget right now.  LLBean had a Moon Beam Clock that offers a “light” wake-up in combination with a soft or loud bell (my choice). It’ was half the price with free shipping with the discount code, so I ordered it. I wish the internet was magic so I could have it tonight, but I’ll have to wait a week. It’s really cute and retro. I’ll let you know how it goes.

My new alarm clock!

My new alarm clock!

A friend of mind from high school texted me yesterday and said he’s started a yoga practice to help him heal his “old athlete” body. I was so thrilled to hear about it! I have another girlfriend that just started yoga, too. They are both seeing remarkable improvements. It is such a healing practice. I’ve been back to a daily practice now for about 3 weeks, and I’m seeing so much improvement in my mood and my physical body. Bill said he was only doing 25-40 minutes a day, but I assured him I only do about 20 minutes a day, and that was far superior to doing one or two long classes a week. Consistency is what really makes a difference in yoga.

I invested in a yoga teacher training class about 10 years ago, and it has proved to be such a great investment. I haven’t taught much yoga, but it taught me so much about yoga that I can lead my own practices. It saves me money because I can practice on my own, and yoga can be expensive. More importantly, it is a tool that I can access anytime I feel like I need to make a change in my life. If I’m feeling stressed, all I have to do is start practicing yoga for a week or two, and I totally settle down. If my body gets tense or hurt, I know what poses work to heal it. I go back to it over and over again.

This morning my body was craving twists, so I did a 20-minute practice full of spinal twists of all variations. We often think of yoga as being about stretching, but one of the best benefits of yoga is the compression of the body. For instance, when you take child’s pose, your knees and legs are bent and the underside of your knee is compressed. This stops or significantly slows the blood flow to that area. When you release the pose, the blood flows quickly back into the joint flooding it with nutrient-rich blood and other fluids which help heal any types of issues you have. In twists, the spine is twisted, and the compression of the muscles around the spine experience the same rush of blood and fluid after release. So, this morning, I was getting all of this great blood flow and lubrication for my spine. It felt really good and energizing.

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Last night was the first backpacking class. When we parked at LSU, I noticed that the LSU dairy store was right next door. I have never been – that I can remember – and I’ve been dying to get over there and try their homemade ice cream from their dairy farms. The young lady said they had sold out of most flavors since it was so late in the day but recommended the chocolates. I chose the chocolate almond, and it was absolutely divine. For some reason, it tasted better than even those premium ice creams I buy in the stores. From now on, I know where my ice cream splurges are happening.

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I came away from the class feeling a little shell-shocked. The instructor did a brief overview of all the gear we would cover during the course, and I spent my time on my phone seeing how much all of this crap cost. For a minute, I was thinking that this hobby is out of my reach financially. I calmed down a bit later in the evening and reminded myself that I actually already have some things like tents and sleeping bags and hiking clothes, so I just need to chill to find out how much else I really need to buy. If I go with somebody, maybe they’ll have some of the stuff I don’t have, and we can share. Next week we get to go to the Backpacker and play with the gear. I’ve heard that backpackers talk incessantly about “gear”. I’m starting to see that’s not far from the truth.

Tomorrow is Friday, and I’m ready for the weekend! Woohoo!!! Y’all have a good one.

8 thoughts on “Awakenings … Yoga … Ice Cream … Gear

  1. Try the free app SleepBot on your phone. It wakes you calmly and during the lightest sleep phase. Did I mention, it’s free!

  2. On my iPhone, is where I control the volume of the sound. It elevates the longer it is left unattended. Hope it worked for you! I haven’t used it in a while and there have been some changes. It’s a great way to go green!! Zzz!

    • It was ok. I really just want to not have to turn it off right away. I found it really loud, and it wouldn’t stop. I liked the chime because it chimed once and then went quiet for 3.5 min. Before chiming again. I also don’t like having my phone in my bedroom. I may not find exactly what I want.

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