Settling in Ann Arbor

Perhaps settling is too strong of a word, as I’m feeling anything but!

It has been one long ride to get here. We have miscalculated on which road would be better to take, and towing a trailer ended up not really being my thing. It took us 19 hours to get here. We headed out about 10:30 am on Saturday morning, and finally pulled to the house as the dawn was breaking, about 5:30 am on Sunday. These few days have been spent adjusting and feeling a bit of a jet lag, so to say. The sun sets and rises later here, and it seems to make quiet a bit of difference.

Besides that celestial difference, we’ve been settling in well enough. Girls are enjoying the new house, and having their own room. One of the first days here they spent most of the time in there, playing with what toys I brought for them. The novelty seems to have worn off at this point though, but they still very much enjoy having more room to run around.

It has been too hot to run around outside, so we’ve been staying inside mostly. The house has central air, a most definite luxury that is very much appreciated. We’ve made a couple of treks to local stores, to stock up on groceries and some random items we needed.

We are without internet at the house since the AT &T install guy simply didn’t show up, and so we are at the local library right now for our daily outing to get out of the house. Did I mention they have five branches of this library?!

Ann Arbor is markedly larger than we are used to living in. While we are on the outskirts of it, it is not a long ride to get to downtown. It reminds me of both Danvers (with its 114 malls), Peabody, Beverly, and Wenham, put together 🙂

It has been a very quiet week so far, with not much happening. Greg has been working at the farm most mornings in lieu of rent, at least for the time being. I have nothing in way of work, and have been busying myself with cleaning the house. Doing a little bit of online work now feels a very welcome change. Next week we have some appointments setup to see a place where I might work and to visit a school where girls might go. And then I’ll be off with them to come back home, which girls now call “our orange house”.

LifeBreath

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lifebreathYou know that it is important to breathe deeply at least once in while. You might have heard that advice of “just breathe!” as a remedy to stress and anxiety. But do you know how to actually do it? The LifeBreath is close to my heart as taking a deep breath was something I struggled with growing up. I always felt like there was something preventing me from filling my lungs with air all the way, and my lung capacity test results were abysmal. As a result, I was excused from aerobic activities in physical education classes, and feeling short of breath was a normal occurrence for me. It was not until I started to take yoga classes that I learned to breathe better and feel better as a result. I want to pass that information to you in a form of LifeBreath class.

It is without fail that my clients with anxiety are unable to take a deep breath when instructed. They are usually also breathe incorrectly – their abdomen pulls in when they inhale and extends when they exhale.

Give this a try yourself… take a deep breath into your abdomen, with your abdomen extending out as a balloon. Now, exhale all the way and squeeze the belly button towards your spine. Did this work for you? You are in good shape! You would still benefit from LifeBreath, but just remember to actually breathe with a long, slow exhale and your stress levels will go down.

Now, what if this was difficult and it’s just not clicking for you? Come to this class! We’ll run through a few exercises that will help you tune into your diaphragm and practice controlled breathing. When you do that, your parasympathetic system is activated and you feel relaxed.

Controlled breathing gets easier with time and practice and it’s a great tool to have to help you calm down and feel great.

Thursday, September 22, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

$20

What does Eternal Balance mean?

logo-website-1I thought this would be a good time to talk about what does Eternal Balance actually mean as a concept. It seems that people don’t really understand and usually think it means something it doesn’t. Typically, folks skip over “eternal” and just go straight to “balance”. Balance has become a well used and well loved word associated mostly with life/work balance. Right? Is that what popped into your head?

The life/work balance is a great idea, of course, though illusive at best. It seems to me that people who are trying to gain some life/work balance are ones the most stressed out and rushed, trying to fit more activities into their day that promise to bring balance. But to elaborate a bit, typically people think of relaxing activities when they think of balance and life/work balance. They are already stressed and run down with all their other stuff, and something relaxing is seen as needed to counter-balance that.

Well, sorry to disappoint, but Eternal Balance as a concept has nothing to do with relaxation. I know, shocker.

I coined that phrase a long time ago, long before I was thinking of starting a business, and it has more to do with idea of karma than any illusive balance point. My thinking at the time was that whatever you do, will come back to you in some way, shape, or form. Did you hurt someone? It will come back to you. Did you help someone? It will come back to you. Now, it’s not necessarily that it will come back from the same person, most likely not. That’s the “eternal” part. It will come back from someone, at some point in time, but it will come back. The Universe will “balance out”.

In a sense, my attempt with Eternal Balance is a hope that I will send out more good stuff, more good ripples into the world. And eventually, maybe, just maybe, they’ll come back to me too.

 

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