It's a crazy world out there. The past week's events in the United States are exhibit A. Athletic event bombing, fertilizer plant explosion, lockdown of an American city, media mayhem. I had a conversation in which someone asked 'Is this what will be normal for our children?'
This got me thinking. What is normal? Over my years, I've come to the realization that normal is a matter of perspective and environment. It depends where you grow up, your family structure, what your interests are, how old you are... The list goes on and on. What was normal for my folks is not normal to me. What is normal for my neighbor or co-worker or student is most likely not normal for me.
So why focus on defining 'normal'? I propose a slightly altered perspective. I've been practicing it the past few years. It's nothing new or revolutionary. Many people practice it in their own way. I've broken it down into three parts. It all begins with throwing 'normal' out the window.
1. Live your life. Let go of what is expected and begin to do what excites your soul. There is so much to do out there, it's a shame not to do something you love. Go after your dream job, take a trip to Costa Rica, read a new book every week, paint a picture, learn a new language. Quit living in your head, thinking of all the things you could do. Go do them.
2. Ego check. Just because someone isn't doing what you're doing, doesn't mean they are wrong or unhappy or confused. You see, I get the same feeling from taking a hike in the middle of the woods with my dog that my friend does taking her dog to a crowded dog park or down a bustling city street. I can't stand the noise and she doesn't like the quiet. We both are restored though. Try to relate to other's feelings instead of comparing your lifestyles choices. We all have more in common than you think.
3. Spread love. How amazing do you feel when you do something you love? I've said it before and I'll say it again. I love to see people smile, to see the light go on in their eyes. Nothing beats it. A little bird told me that to keep something, I have to give it away. What better thing to give away than a kind word, a smile, a helping hand?
I choose to believe in the good of humanity. I choose to believe in the power of a smile. I choose to see what we have in common. I choose all these things because people long before me chose love. If there is one thing in this life I am certain of- it is the fact that people long after me will choose love too. They will make something beautiful. They will leave this earth a little better than they inherited it.
Today I'm going to celebrate Earth Day with a couple thousand friends out at Osborn MetroPark. I'm going to introduce some kids to the snakes, frogs and salamanders. I'm going to see if I can't get a smile or two out of them. I'm going to spread love. How about you?
Upcoming Classes & Events
Tuesdays- Meditation- Converging Paths Meditation Center, 7-8:15p
Wednesdays- April 17- June 12: Park Yoga- The Enchanted Cottage, East Sandusky Bay MetroPark, 5:30-6:30pm. Bring a mat or blanket- no experience necessary! We will be outside on the deck when the weather is warm or perhaps take a winding, walking meditation through the meadows!
Fridays- Morning Yoga- House of Yin Yoga Studio, 9am A gentle yoga practice perfect for starting your weekend!
Thursday, April 25: Full Moon Night Hike- Edison Woods MetroPark, main entrance, Rt 61, 8:30pm. Join me for a beautiful night hike on each month's full moon! Please leave flashlights at home; the moon will light our way. Family and friends are always welcome! Hikes will last about an hour. Registration appreciated.
Mondays, May 6- June 10: Runner's Yoga- House of Yin Yoga Studio, 5:30-6:30pm. Join Jess for a class designed specifically for runners! We will cover yoga basics, breathing and the deep stretching essential to the practice of running.
Sunday, May 12: Mother's Day Meditation- House of Yin Yoga Studio, 10am-12pm. Come celebrate our mothers at this free meditation class and stick around for tea, baked goods and fellowship afterwards!
Sundays, May 12- June 2: Meditation- House of Yin Yoga Studio, 10-11am. Various meditation practices, gentle stretching and perhaps some chanting!
Tuesdays, May 21-June 11: 9-10am. Garden Yoga- Mulberry Creek Herb Farm, 3312 Bogart Rd, Huron, OH 44839. A gentle class in a beautiful outdoor garden setting! Bring your own mat and be prepared for the weather! $35/4 classes or $10 drop-in.
Mondays, July 22- Aug 19: 7-8pm. Yoga for Cycling- House of Yin Yoga Studio. Get ready for a class just for bikers! We will focus on the core, lower back and breath in this series. $10/class or HOY pass.