I love the romanticism of a train ride. I get to indulge this fantasy as I travel to Toronto for my annual veterinary conference. Having access to Wifi means I can write and be inspired by the passing scenery.
Starting to relax now, because I don’t have to drive. I needed this break. My schedule has been pretty full with work, family and yoga commitments. I was feeling a little anxious by the thought of it all. I channeled it into a theme for the Yin yoga class I taught this week. My antidote for this was based on a phrase coined by my friend, Michele Gaspar. Her mantra is “We can only do what time and resources allow.”. It helped a lot to repeat those words, whenever I had that anxious or overwhelming feeling. It reminded me I can only do so much. It reminded me I can only do one thing at a time.
As I approach the next three days of my meeting, I’m looking forward to learning more about eyes, animal behaviour, how to help older cats with arthritis and many other new ideas. Might even see some familiar faces and spend some time in non-veterinary related activities (I can have a drink because I’m not the designated driver!).
I’ll also be meeting colleagues at noon each day, to lead a Midday Mindfulness Meditation session. Something new for this conference and I’m hopeful it will generate interest. Because taking care of myself, and teaching others how to do the same, is part of how I can take better care of my patients. Onwards!
Before I knew it, the weekend I’d been anticipating for so long had finally arrived. I was on a plane to Chicago for the 2014 Mindfulness Meditation Retreat, organized by Michele Gaspar, to see old friends and meet some new ones.
I had dreamed but never thought I’d be able to teach yoga on VIN (Veterinary Information Network). I just finished presenting an on-line course to 80+ veterinarians (with more that will view the recording later). My motto is I’m just a small animal vet, living her yoga and still very much a work in progress. I wanted to show others how they could do it too.
I’d forgotten my iPhone in the front seat of the truck, which meant my husband had to turn around and drop it off to me at the train station. As he passed me the phone, he said “You’re going to work on your mindfulness this weekend, right?”. Yeah.