As 1/3 of the first month of a New Year has gone by , a personal ritual that I enjoy creating is a Fast Start Program , a series of strategies that allow me to come out of the gate strong , during the first 100 days of the New Year , to become re - aware of all the opportunities that I am surrounded with.
While organizing and pulling together notes for an upcoming presentation I came across this peice of poetry by Walt Whitman.
" There was never any more begining than there is now.
Nor any more youth or age - than there is now.
And will never be any more perfection than there is now
Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now "
Create the type of day you desire - enjoy and be well
The first 100 days of the New Year can have a dramatic impact on the remaining 9 months of the year , closely resembling the sprinter with their foot on the block , getting out of the gait with a strong start does make a difference.
A key to really controling the quality and productivity of your day is the "Morning Routine " that you create for yourself , below is a basic morning routine that I use and adjust for the seasons.
* Rise - Take care of business - Rinse my mouth out to eliminate the overnight dust that may have
* 3-4 Fresh glasses of Water with Lime
* Standing QiGong ( Chi Kung )
* Joint Mobilization for the entire body
* Somatic Floor movements
Just this simple little process allows you to control the day , to many people let the day control them , and then wonder why they are unhappy and frustrated.
This is a basic routine that is adjusted for the 4 seasons , several times a week the 6 healing sounds routine is also added.
As you come out of the gate strong in2010 , experiment with the Morning Routine that "feels" best for you.
Several minutes prior to posting this I was listening to Bootsy Collins and the Parlament Funkadelics , some good stuff
Happy New Year Wishes to all . it's been over 30 days since my last blog entry , between Holiday Festivities and projects it was a busy , productive , creative and exciting month.
Blog updates will continue to be slow for awhile as several new projects come to fruition , along with time dedicated to projects unfulfilled from last year.
In fact Decembers Newsletter just went out today ! Thats OK though because the content dosn't expire. One of the projects I'm currently invloved with is interviewing Martial Artists of different ages to determine how / or if the Martial Arts has helped them from a health perspective , as well as getting a feel for what long term injuries seem to be the most common .
Yesterday was a strength training day 3 sets of 6 repititions , with a complex warm up pre workout and an intense streching session after , followed by 15 minutes of heat.
Today , after my morning routine and several hours of projects , a 20 minute epsom salt bath followed by an ice cold rinse - feeling good.
Watched a great movie the other night" Captian Corelli's Mandolin " with John Hurt , Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz , about life on the Greek island of Cephalonia during World War Two ,
well worth seeing , both from a historical perspective and entertaiment.
Coming up this month are several workshops , Weapons Disarms , Hip and Lower Back Opening Exercises , and several Personal Protection Strategy Workshops for the public , also planned are several " Learn How to Fall Safely " workshops , one here in N.H. at the new Amherst Yoga on February 13 and one in Massachusetts.