Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Breathing in Bellvue

Well, I'm now in Bellevue Washington, home of Microsoft, staying at a hotel and taking a special breathing/yoga seminar here tonight and for the rest of the week. It's only evenings, and then all day on the weekends. I'm working on my book as well, plus re-invigorating my yoga practice. And learning Microsoft Vista...and how to use a laptop. Lots of learning. But it's peaceful and I'm sure I'll get a lot done.

I wanted to take a personal theme for this seminar---Resilience. I hope to be thinking about this and posting about this topic while I'm here. I haven't been resilient...and want to explore becoming so.

Webster's defines "resilient" as:
1. springing back; rebounding.
2. returning to the original form or position after being bent, compressed, or stretched.
3. recovering readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyant.

I'm hoping to do all three. Not necessarily over the next six days, of course, but I hope to get a great start.

Yoga is great for depression. So is breathing. The course is with the Art of Living Foundation, which I knew nothing about, but read about them in this book and then again several weeks ago in this book. I'm a wee bit nervous, but quite excited to take a healing step in my personal growth. So by focusing on learning these new skills, I hope to increase my resilience.

I had this trip planned before my May Day crash. Good thing!

Here's a peek at my surroundings. It's 2:24 long. It's been a long time since I've done a video!


Patti said...

This sounds like a wonderful retreat Olivia. I hope you come back with energy renewed and a new perspective that enables you to go with the flow.

thailandchani said...

Very interesting! It will be good to read your thoughts on resilience. The only thing I noticed right away is that I don't think we can ever go back to our original form - but we do move forward to a new form.

Just a thought. :)

Olivia said...

Thanks, Patti...me, too! Love to you, O

Olivia said...

Yes, Chani, You know I thought that same thing. This will be interesting to reflect upon and discuss. You make a very good point, though. Plus who would want to really---don't we want to grow? Love and peace, O