Birthday Present – The Gift of Pain

My 44th birthday started with a lovely wake-up kiss from my husband. As I rolled over to receive a hug, I felt a sharp twinge under my right shoulder blade. Within a half hour, the twinge escalated to an ever-present ache which would oscillate between a dull throb and a breath-stealing pain. I did what I could with stretching and a hot water bottle to relieve the pain, but it persisted. I felt frustrated, disappointed, and angry because I had reserved the day to exchange yoga therapy sessions something I had not done for myself in years! My body was giving my clear signals that I could not give a session, but maybe, just maybe, could I be open to the possibility of simply receiving one? When I called to speak my truth about my predicament, Kirsten was more than willing to adjust our plans.

As I lay back to receive, I realized that the quality and quantity of the ache had transformed. Rather than being annoyed at the pain, doing my best to either fight it or make it go away, I was now lying back and bringing my curious awareness to it… allowing it to be… wondering about it. And in that moment, I opened to the contrast between my right achy and left silent sides of my body. Surprisingly, my right side felt relaxed, grounded and open despite the occasional twinge, while my left side felt like an over-inflated air mattress… forced into tense rigidity by too much. My left side felt old, artificially propped up… while my right side felt new and fluid. And insight blossomed.

These past 6 months, since discovering a tender, hard spot in my left breast (diagnosed as a benign cyst), followed by the diagnosis of my husband’s leukemia, followed by euthanizing my beloved dog, have been a dedicated expedition for me… a spiritual expedition to overcome my addiction to living my life exhausted and overwhelmed… a quest to discover an open, easeful, flowing way of being in my mind, body and spirit. I’ve titled this expedition “Say Yes to Me”. While I have been very aware of light-speed growth in mind and spirit, this ache today brought my awareness to those parts of my body that had made the shift and those parts that still need help to shift. The pain actually arose from the newness of being… growing pains, if you will. Had I chosen to follow my preferred strategy of “tensing to block it; ignoring it; or numbing myself from it”, I would have lost the chance to reflect on how far I’ve come… to savor where I am now… on my birthday, no less!

At one point, Kirsten lifted me into supported Cobra. Normally, Cobra challenges my lower back which limits my range of movement, but with support, I have a completely different experience of this pose. My arms were extended behind me, grasping hers offered in support, my back deeply bowed, my chest lifted and facing forward… I felt like I was soaring. And in that moment, I had a full-being experience of the metaphysical aspect of Cobra: “I arise effortlessly to face life’s challenges.” And the reality is that each time I choose to reach out and grasp the support that surrounds me in my daily life, I am able to soar… I am able to arise effortlessly to face life. Immense gratitude poured through me as I connected with a whole-body experience of the lightness that I have been experiencing recently throughout my personal and professional life.

The ache stayed with me throughout the day… occasionally lapsing to silence… emerging whenever I would try to WORK. So I chose to spend the day doing things I normally don’t do in the middle of the week. Oh, the wondrous ways my Spirit coaxes me to step out of my self-imposed cage of expectations!

And when I woke up the next morning, the ache was gone. Quite a memorable birthday present if you ask me!

After 15 years in corporate finance and now as an entrepreneur growing a mind-body wellness service, Meenal K Kelkar, MBA, CYT, CPRYT, CTYT has personal experience with how difficult it can be to quiet an active mind. To incorporate meditation into a busy lifestyle, she has developed Mpowerment Meditations, a set of tools that are pragmatic, practical and accessible. Meenal is certified with over 1,000 hours of training in yoga therapy, a rapidly growing field where therapeutic yogic techniques and concepts are applied to the modern lifestyle to support clients in their movement towards wellness.

Meenal serves on the advisory board of the Camarillo Health Care District’s Healthy Attitudes, and teaches throughout Ventura County, California. She has helped corporate clients introduce Mpowerment Meditation tools into employee wellness programs and the corporate strategic planning process. Meenal is a regular contributor to Healthy Attitudes magazine and most recently, Green Home and Family magazine.

How to Write Effective Presentations

Presentation writing can be a whole other beast. However, it really needs to be written properly and that’s what you need to focus your attention to. You may be good at regular writing, but if you take the same approach with your presentations, you’re just inviting disaster. Here are a few tips to make sure the presentations you write put you on top:

1. Learn to write super short and succinct for your slides. No need for full sentences if short phrases are clear enough. Elaborations are often best spoken, instead of forced to fit in your presentation materials.

2. Write consistently throughout your slides. If you write in short sentences, write that way throughout the rest of the presentation materials. It helps the audience when they know what to expect in the coming slides.

3. Write humor down before using. Improvising humor during presentations often turns up bad results.

4. Any part of the presentation you recite should complement information on the slides. Avoid surprising people with new, vital facts.

5. Don’t think in terms of word count. Think, instead, in terms of length. Since this is harder to get precisely, make sure you practice your speech and time it.

6. Give people time to think, just as you give them space to pause in written work.

7. Use a comprehensive writing software for your presentation materials. Sure, a large part of your grade will hinge on how you perform in front of the audience. Badly proofread materials, however, can cost you some points off. Make sure that doesn’t happen.

Parking Lot Repair – How to Handle Expensive Costs

Parking lot repair is something that commercial and residential property owners all across the state of New York need to look into. If you own a business that uses a public parking lot as part of its operations, it’s critical to make sure that your asphalt pavement is in good shape. After all, if you have customers walking into a blemished and dilapidated asphalt parking lot, they are likely to hold back and explore another business or store. If left serviced for too long, a parking lot can quickly turn into a liability. Luckily, there are several ways to ensure that your asphalt parking lot is kept in great condition. Here are some of them:

Commercial asphalt is different from residential asphalt in many ways, and the maintenance required for each type of pavement should be different as well. One of the biggest differences between the two types of pavements is the fact that residential asphalt can be effectively worked into a smooth surface with a pothole repair kit. Commercial asphalt, on the other hand, will often need to be levelled first and then filled in with a blend of water and epoxy. Unlike residential asphalt, commercial asphalt is not repairable by itself. If you need to make minor repairs to your pavement, contact a commercial paving company apmoneill.

In most cases, the biggest problem associated with parking lots is the amount of traffic that they get every day. While it may seem that the floor of a parking lot is constantly being battered by cars, this isn’t always the case. In many cases, parking lot pavement is made of old asphalt that has been damaged by vehicles, weather, or worn down from years of use. If you find that your asphalt parking lot has suffered such damage, contact a local commercial paving company apmoneill right away. They can assess the problem and suggest what measures need to be taken to make your parking lot safer and more secure for everyone.

If you live in a home in which there are children who often play on the parking lot, you should also invest in strong parking lot flooring that is able to withstand the abuse. There are several different options available, including wood, concrete, and large area rubber tiles. Make sure that you choose a product that fits your needs and that is cost effective as well.

The problem with asphalt is that it can quickly turn into a dangerous condition if left unprotected. Snow, rain, and high temperature temperatures can cause cracks to appear, allowing rain and other inclement weather to seep through and damage the asphalt layer underneath. This damage can eventually lead to the development of potholes, which will need to be filled in with new asphalt when the current one wears out. If you find that this happens to your park, it’s important to contact a reputable landscape contractor as soon as possible. Many companies specialize in asphalt installation in Huntington and can come to your park quickly and properly complete the job.

A heavy snowfall during the winter can also be devastating to a parking lot. It’s important to have an experienced contractor on hand to handle any emergencies that may arise due to this type of weather. Some people are so used to living in areas that have snow that they don’t realize that the same conditions can wreak havoc on their outdoor living spaces. Take the extra time needed to prepare for the worst, and you’ll find that you can enjoy your outdoor living space much more without having to worry about weak surfaces and cracks.