THAT FIRST RIGHT THING

Anyone familiar with AA slogans?  There’s a ton of them, they’re brought up in meetings as being annoying but simple staples in recovery.  This past while I’ve been hearing the same one over and over, “Do the next right thing.”  The slogan, “First things first,” could be applied as well.  This is super relevant to me right now as my last day at my job (at my last job?!) was last Friday.  What exactly is my next first  right next thing?  For me it is:

Waiting.

And today it was emailing a couple of yoga leads.  Waiting on answers.  Waiting on other people.  Like my son when he doesn’t get what he wants five seconds ago, I’m not a fan of waiting around.  I’m impatient.  I want to know what I’ll be when I grow up yesterday.  Since I’m 38, I’m years late on figuring that out, in my mind at least.  Closer to knowing what I don’t want to but still not sunk deep into the center of the bulls eye.

The days are rolling out into a nice clip.  Coffee.  Toddler.  Sesame street.  Sand box outside.  Getting into things in the garage.  Eating breakfast slowly.  There is no thinking about things to do before work.  There is only now and this.  It is peaceful and feels right but I’m eager to make some kind of living as well.

Going on a last minute camping trip helped too.  My sponsor had said she was going camping.  It worked out that I could go for one night, my first night away from H since he was born.  I guess that has to happen sometime, eh?  My poor mom got up with him a couple of times.  There was a potluck and a meeting around the camp fire.  I didn’t sleep as much as I thought I would.  We were serenaded till almost midnight by some ex hippie rockers and an acoustic guitar.  I read with my flashlight under my sleeping bag.  Early risers woke me up at about 6.  I rode up and back with a friend.  It was nice to talk with her in the car, hang out with my sponsor and other friends, and enjoy camp life:

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It sprinkled in the morning, thankfully nothing like the last camping trip.  There was another meeting that morning.  I think it’s been years since I’ve been to two meetings in one day as I attended a meeting back home that same night.

And I got to see this guy when I got home:

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Back to the next step:  Living.  Living amends.  Being a good mom.  Applying for jobs.  Being thrifty.  GOING TO MEETINGS.  Working out that yoga vibe.  Praying like a mofo.  What else?  Oh yeah, laughing, smiling, enjoying my son, anticipating that next thing with positivity, and stepping into the things that come my way.

The next right thing.  Looking up, capturing that moment, and being grateful for it.

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Love and peace to you all.

~Namaste.

Published by Liz Brower

I've practiced yoga since 2006, I stumbled into a class at my local gym. I didn't really "get" yoga, I wanted to do all of the poses to the max, I didn't focus on breathing, and I was very competitive. A year later I quit smoking and my mom purchased a three month unlimited to a local studio. I fell in love with yoga! Plus the metaphor was strong, my lungs began to repair, I could take really deep inhales without coughing! I later began to go to a free outdoor yoga classes in downtown Long Beach, CA that was also affiliated with a donation based studio. Yoga was fun, affordable, accessible, and outside! I loved it. I started practicing at home by myself. I started meditating. Right after I found the classes at the gym stopped drinking alchohol. My sobriety and yoga have intertwined ever since. They compliment each other amazingly and I am so grateful for them both. I stopped practicing yoga after getting pregnant and being caught up with the taking care of a newborn in 2013/2014. When he was 9 months old I realized that I really wanted to redirect myself back to yoga. I also had the seed planted in my mind while driving home from Christmas break, why don't you go do a yoga teacher training?! I started practicing yoga at a local studio and began scouring the internet for a teacher training program. I found Three Sisters Yoga, a lovely program, based out of NY & PDX. I was more than motivated to teach, I started teaching some free yoga in the summer of 2015 at a local park. I continued after that with an internship at the same studio I had signed back up with at the beginning of the year. I quit my day job. I hit the pavement, scouring for yoga gigs that would hire a newbie. I found a job and began to teach! Now I am navigating the great balance of being a single mom, a yoga teacher, and doing my best to trust my higher power with my future. I love to teach and practice vinyasa, but also know what it's like to be drawn to slower types of yoga due to injury or body type. I feel a special affinity for yoga new comers and like to teach practice at all different levels. Thank you for taking time to read a little more about me and I wish all of you the best in your own individual yoga practice. ~Namaste!

6 thoughts on “THAT FIRST RIGHT THING

  1. I’m glad your making good use of your time while your waiting for the next right thing. Waiting can be tortuous but filling it with positive things makes it so much better 🙂

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