Shifting FOCUS

August 23, 2010

Work It Out with me this week!

Monday 5:30pm at IOF.  Urban Dance Kick/Circuit Weights

Tuesday 5:15pm at Hipline.  Shimmy Pop!

Wednesday 5:15pm at Hipline.  POWER Pop

Friday 5:30pm at IOF.  Urban Dance Kick/Circuit Weights

Friday 7:00pm at Hipline.  Shimmy Pop Club REmix Party!

Sunday 9:15 at Hipline.   POWER Pop

Sunday 10:30 at Hipline.   Shimmy Pop!

Please note: There will be scheduling changes at Hipline starting September 1st; stay tuned!


My dearest Fitness Friends,

As I have shared with some of you, I have had some stories from my vacation in Mexico that are worthy of sharing some thoughts about.  This one has to do with where you decide to put your focus in life…

While laying out a few days into our trip, I was within earshot of a mother and daughter who were there on vacation as well.  They were that tourist; you know, the one that gives all of us a bad name.  Ordering “American beer” (aka Bud Lite) starting at 9:30 am, cruising through a few of them in rapid succession; before being convinced to switch to mango mojitos (a much better choice, in my opinion, but still!).  While I will spare you the details of most of the conversations I heard, I do want to share this one, which is both funny and disturbing.

After ordering all of these beverages, the mother, who was beginning to slur her words a bit, tried ordering ‘cabello’ (which translates to ‘horse’ in Spanish) from the waiter.  He was clearly confused, as there were horses available to ride up and down the beach.   When the woman repeated herself again a bit slower and louder in a very ‘Merican twang, you could see the light go off in the waiter’s head and the giggles that he had to surpress.  He then asked her if she knew what it meant, and she replied, “Of course…food!” to which he explained in a kind way that it meant horse.  Her ignorant response was even more painful, as she retorted with, “Well, I don’t speak Mexican.”

Are you feeling sucked into the drama of this story?  Friends, I certainly was as I lay on the beach, wondering what inappropriate thing would be said next and getting really annoyed in the process.  There’s something about the Jerry Springer-nature of certain situations that somehow appeal to our minds (or, maybe I should say, our non-minds!).  Then, it dawned on me that it was taking my focus away from the sweet sound of the ocean just ahead of me, away from the fabulous feeling of sunshine on my body, away from the deep relaxation I had come for.  I also realized that it was pulling me, but I was unconsciously following along.  So, I decided to do a meditative practice to see how I could focus on the amazing things around me and let go of my focus on the annoying chatter.

I have to say that, while it was a challenge, I was able to shift my focus on to what was more important; the beauty around me.  Sand in-between the toes!  Vitamin D soaking in to my skin (Yes, Mom, I was wearing Sunblock!)!  Beads of sweat indicating that the heat had found me!

There’s always a lesson that can be found in life’s annoying, hard and uncomfortable experiences.

This experience got me thinking that this is how life is often times: the annoyingness of a small situation can sometimes distract us from what is real and more important.  There are many comments and people and experiences that can draw us in and take away from our heart-purpose.  Pay attention.  Be attuned.  Refocus when you need to come back to what is really important.

Wishing you a week full of wonderful heart focus…

In peace, Heather

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Tracy August 24, 2010 at 2:29 am

So true, Heather! Thanks for the reminder.


Taryn November 11, 2010 at 5:28 am

Amen! Thanks Heather! Focus, Focus, Focus!


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