On a beautiful sunny level 1 Saturday, people are out spending time together.
In my early 20’s and 30’s it was easy to live life large. As time goes by, I realised that I am at my best when I pay attention to my mental and physical well being. It took time to discover the approach that works best for me.
Initially yoga was the easiest introduction to a balanced life. Vinyasa yoga, as introduced to me by wonderful friends, pairs mental focus with a vigorous strength based practice. Graceful, strong and fluid, how others look while practicing. I just looked like a hot mess.
As I entered my early 40’s, I shifted towards a slower, meditative approach. I introduced Qi Gong to my daily routine and gravitated towards Hatha yoga which involves holding poses longer, giving me a chance to be and stay in the moment. In addition, I started and stopped and still am stumbling through cultivating a meditation practice. As yoga cliches go, which does not they are not true, “it is a practice not a perfect”.
Adding to my health arsenal are my visits to my Chiropractor who is also my photography and yoga friend, Harley from Outspoken Chiropractic. Harley is a mental well being and holistic health champion. Visiting him always helps me feel better physically and mentally. We share common interests in photography and movement practices like Yoga.
While I have a tendency to forget when my appointments with him are, my body has strangely remembered when I’m due to visit. In an oddly serendipitous manner, my body starts acting up and before I can text Harley to ask when My appointment with him is, he texts me in the morning to remind me of our appointment at 545pm in the evening that day. Spooky.
A long ramble later, I guess my message is that we all need to find something that allows us to function at our best. Focusing on my mental and physical well being through, Yoga, Qi Gong, Meditation and Chiropractic treatments help me. They give me a good foundation to be a better person who is a husband, fur baby father, wannabe photographer and colleague.
What helps you be the best version of you?
Rain or shine, we’ll head out on Sunday mornings for a walk. Just a few random shots from this morning’s walk.
Auckland moved to lockdown level 2.5 this morning, down from level 3. The main difference is that shops are open at this level but social distancing needs to be observed.
At the start of the second round of lockdown and work from home routine, I decided that the path to positivity lay in taking a break each day and stepping out for a walk. I decided to head down old faithful, Ponsonby Road. Light was dull but it gave me a chance to test my custom setting
The following two shots need a boost in exposure. I was toying with using auto iso and buggered up the shots.
Nothing fancy. Just slowly working out my photography approach and documenting my work in progress.
What do I have in common with a group of hi-vis vest wearing builders, couple in their 70s-80s and a well dressed lady with her hair in a bun? Apparently we were all early dinners at 5pm, yearning for Ramen on a rainy winter’s night.
Dinning alone is not something most people enjoy. But there is much joy in quiet reflection in a restaurant on a wet night.