Shake and Bake 6: The “I Got Rhythm” Edition

Take it in Stride - the road.

big handed human with a heart - rock carving - Arizona (p bustin 2004)Happy Saturday, to all my wild and lovely readers!

In homage to Havi’s Friday Chickens over on the The Fluent Self — This is the place I review my week – in an attempt to track some things – like progress on my novel and… living intentionally. I shake out my week and lay it out. Let the hard burn off and the good sink in. Call it an experiment in paying attention. Feel free to join in.

THIS WEEK’S EXPERIMENT: Exploring rhythms… NOTICING how it feels as I move through my days.

THE RESULT: Verrrrry Interesting.
I am loving up my new(ish) morning routines. My blah-est feeling days this week were days when I … purposefully “gave myself time OFF” of some things. Sort of testing the waters…. I suppose to see how it felt.
These things I DO each morning… they are making me happy AND productive on the work front. How cool is that?

The new time for Guitar Practice is also working out nicely.

Now… as for finding my yogi-spirit-rhythm…well… oof on that.

The Quick Chicken:

Work on NIP: Woot and a woot and woot woot woot! I’m on FIYAH!

Walks: Love ‘em. NEED ‘em.

Guitar: Really enjoying my practice sessions and… learning to strum. IT’S HARDER THAN IT LOOKS!

Yoga/Meditation: My … nemesis…. no my… haven’t found the right time for you yet THING.

And…the rest of the week…

– Watching people I love hurt themselves – locked into patterns of anger/sadness and resistance.
How I wish I could facilitate some sort of … healing here. I know it is not “my stuff” and that I must leave them to it. It is an old old old, well established pattern… but OH I do wish I could… help.

– I become more and more aware of the fact that my default setting is… SCARCITY. I worry so much about … money, time… and so on.
I am turning my thoughts and focus to ABUNDANCE… This week I have been working with the idea that it would be really wonderful if I felt that TIME WAS ABUNDANT. I have this on “list of lovelies” that I am walking each morning. We’ll see how it goes.

– Fear. Still so much free-floating fear.
I seem to have moved a bit with this though. Now it seems that I just WATCH it with a sort of “Isn’t that interesting” type of attitude. Hmm… Interesting, non? Probably related to the scarcity mind-set.


+ Walking – the morning walks are saving my life. Seriously.

+ Reading Havi’s Archives – so much wisdom within… so much SANITY. I thank you!

+ Watching these online, chats, lectures, conversations… especially The Compassionate Brain. Again, so much wisdom and things to think on.

+ Finding comfort and satisfaction in my dedication to writing hours focussed on the NIP and in my morning rhythms over-all. This was week 3 of rising earlier and so on. The simplicity of it makes me smile. I have always KNOWN most of the things I am currently putting into practice and/or experimenting with but – for whatever fabulous reason – I now find myself able to put them into practice. Rise early, Scribble, WRITE, Walk…. and don’t forget to EAT. It’s all good. And it’s all simple. So thankful that I am where I am right now and that I have the time to work this out and see how well it actually works. How good it feels.

+ Celebrating someone I lurve getting some AWESOME news on the work front. A well earned, well deserved BREAK of sorts. The beginnings of a new relationship and a wonderful new opportunity. YAY!

+ Allowing myself to rest. Taking time to curl up and read. Crawling into bed a bit earlier at night. S’good.

+ Also loving… Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothies, Cozy clean sheets and my lil BUNKY OFFICE.

NEXT WEEK’S EXPERIMENT: Turning my focus to this ongoing yearning for yoga time.

I shall try some different times, different routines this week and see how it FEELS.
This is the beauty of the the weekly experiment.
I can focus on TRYING SOMETHING OUT for a week and report back.
The Week Long frame makes things seem… do-able to me.
And the Reporting on it here in the S&Bs gives me… incentive to really TRY.

Thanks for being my sounding board on this whole thing.


Feel free to share a Shake & Bake of your own.

Or let me know what you are experimenting with this week..

Thanks for stopping by.

go easy -p

6 Comments on “Shake and Bake 6: The “I Got Rhythm” Edition

  1. Pam. Love your blog. Love living with intent. But most important…I love that you’re in my life!

    • Hey Kim
      Thanks so much stopping by and for the love-ly comment.
      Ahhh you make me smile on this cool Saturday day.

      Watching the ice form and melt on the bay….

      Tis a glorious world, is it not?

  2. Congratulations on making headway in the NIP. Awesome! And strumming guitar, yes… that is harder than it looks. It’s great that you’re able to keep your focus with that, though. My guitar is glaring at me for being neglected as I write this! 🙂

    • Hey Megan
      Thanks for stopping by 😉

      Ahhh guitars…. so much joy….so many sore fingahs….

      I got mine last spring and am sloooooowwwwwly learning.

      Loving it and loving the simple, straightforward, DO-able course I found online. There are free lessons – which I think is OUTSTANDING. That is how I started. I love Justin’s teaching style and philosophy so much that I bought myself his Beginner Pack of instruction. Well worth it.

      Play on, Sister! -p

  3. I love the idea of a weekly goal. Simple and manageable. I am still struggling with getting a yoga and meditation routine in place. I want to incorporate guitar in there too. My husband bought me one for my 30th birthday and I will be 37 this February and I have hardly picked it up. Why are routines so hard to form? That is a rhetorical question but if you do have the answer I would love to know!
    Have a happy week and I will think of you when I do yoga – if I do yoga:)

    • Hey Marlene
      Thanks for popping over.
      It IS hard to get new routines to FORM and to…. STICK, isn’t it?

      I really am enjoying my weekly “experiments”. It takes some weight off to see them as … just trying something out,
      or just “paying attention” to a certain thing.

      And the WEEK by WEEK thing is also grand.
      It really feels do-able to me.

      Good luck with the yoga thing. Do pop back and let me know how it goes…IF it goes 😉

      On a hopefully encouraging note…
      I did manage to hit the mat today – huzzah!
      Oh it felt so good, too!

      I hereby send some good… yoga/meditation vibes winging your way.

      go easy -p

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