I’m sitting on my little chaise lounge with my kitties and Ashok listening to Kenny G play “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.”
I don’t remember when I got my first Kenny G album, but I know it was the Miracles: The Holiday album that I purchased. I think Momma was playing it at her house, and I had to have it. Since then, Kenny G has been a staple of my holiday season. I love instrumental music. When I’m writing, practicing yoga or reading, words distract me. But instrumental music sets a very relaxing mood and calms me down.
I’ve teed up Kenny G or Enya for the last week when I’ve been practicing yoga. My yoga practice is becoming really regular, and I’m thrilled about that. I’m getting stronger and more flexible each day, but mostly I like the way it makes me feel. I’m sleeping pretty sound, and my anxiety is staying at bay. I discovered Enya when I started practicing yoga, and I was so thrilled when she came out with the “And Winter Came” album. For some reason the music feels like a cozy fireplace to me. It is as comforting as a crackling fire on a winter night.
I’m learning that music is a great way to raise my vibration, and, honestly, I’ve been feeling a little down lately. But the music, meditation, yoga and walking are helping me keep it at bay. It’s not dissipating, but it’s not affecting me too much although last night I went to bed pretty early.
Tonight I came home and did a run/walk for about an hour. It felt really good to get my heart rate up. I’ve been struggling with exercise lately. I feel like I’d like to be a slug other than hiking and yoga, but I know I need a variety of types of exercise to keep my depression at bay. How I wish I could do two months of exercise and then take the rest of the year off with no impact. But it doesn’t work that way. It’s a weekly if not daily grind at times.
I went to the Farmer’s Market this morning at the library. It’s so convenient. I can go there when they open at 8 AM on Tuesdays and then be at work by 8:30. I get veggies for the week, and they are local and fresh. Today I bought cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, green peppers, savoy cabbage, grapefruit, oranges, field peas and kale. I’m set for the week. Tonight I roasted some butternut squash and sweet potatoes, sautéed some jacinto kale and boiled some buttered peas for dinner. It was very good and very good for me.
I feel like I’ve taken care of myself today. I did have two eggnog lattes, so I’m not perfect, but, otherwise, I ate healthy, exercised, meditated and enjoyed the sunshine in my office shining on my poinsettia. I was busy in a good way, and it felt like a leisurely, productive day. I need to clean my house, but I think I’m going to pass and just enjoy relaxing here until it’s time to go to bed. It starts all over again tomorrow at 5 AM. Tomorrow is DevaCurl styling day, so that delays my yoga practice until later in the morning while my curls dry on their own. It’s Wednesday and will be a week until I’m off for 11 days. What’s not to love about that?
I’ll leave you with another one of my favorite Enya songs to close out the blog. This one is called “Stars and Midnight Blue”. It has lyrics, and they are beautiful. I hope you enjoy, and I really hope you’ll sit down and just relax tonight. You deserve a rest and some nice music.
Memories we share together
Moments no one else can know
I will keep them close to me
Never let them goOnce you filled my hands with roses
Then you gave your heart to me
When a kiss had followed this
Love was meant to beTime goes by
And the snow is drifting
Slowly in the sky
Cold, cold nightAs you lie beside me
I can hear your heartbeatYou have lost yourself in dreaming
I have lost myself in you
Now we lie beneath the sky
Stars and midnight blue