“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” -Michelle Obama
I love Sundays. I love waking on my own without the aid of an alarm. It’s usually quite early, and since Andrew is still asleep, I sit in silence enjoying my morning coffee, browsing the internet, reading a book, or even just looking out the window. It’s completely serene.
I typically look forward to Sundays because it also means spin class! There are 2 back to back classes at 9 and 10 am and I do both of them. I am technically supposed to do abs as well, but I always skip them (oops) and get groceries instead. I don’t do both spin classes because I want to ‘earn’ treat meals later in the day, nor do I do them because I feel guilty about last night. I do them because I truly enjoy them. The regular instructor is great, she always picks good music, her energy is contagious, and honestly it just sets the tone for the rest of the day and week.
Today’s class was fantastic, hot, but fantastic.
If you’ve ever done a spin class, or any class such as yoga, body pump, etc. you probably know what I mean when I say ‘sometimes I get caught up in my thoughts’. I am trying to remain focused on the instructor and the rhythm, but i’m tired, i’m gasping for breath, and there it is…those random idle thoughts filling up my head. Sometimes it’s about that chore I still haven’t done, other times it will be some revelation about my life, eating, etc. that apparently can only come about when i’m covered in sweat and don’t have a pen handy. Either way, I will at least once per class be standing when I should be sitting, be slowly pedaling when I should be racing, etc and all because I have zoned out and haven’t heard the cues.
Most of the time it only lasts a few moments and I quickly catch up, but I often wonder if I have a dazed look on my face, if I drool slightly (just kidding), or if I think out loud. Oh god, have you ever zoned out on a bus and then when you realize what you were doing everyone was looking at you and you can’t be quite certain if you said something? No? Only me… well that’s obviously an issue for another day.
Today, like any other day, I found my mind wandering on a million other things at once and then it happened. I made a conscious decision to stop them; to be fully present in the moment—enjoying the pain slowly creeping into my quads and glutes thanks to built up lactic acid.
I want to be fully ‘there’ in all situations. I think i’ve mentioned before that I usually have several “to do” lists going at the same time, and i’m working on learning to chill out, but it’s a work in progress. I set my intentions for the remainder of the class, enjoyed every moment of actively participating, and it was so nice to workout without thinking of everything else that usually crowds my mind. I can’t say i’ll never get distracted or sidetracked, but I have made it my mission to focus on what i’m doing and enjoy being in the moment WHILE i’m in the moment; to be fully present in all situations. As should you.