My Yoga Journey and 10,000 Reasons to Hold On to It

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It’s been almost 1.5 years since I practiced yoga regularly –between 6 and 8 hours a week. The hobby started after I came back from my NYC trip in March last year. 2012 was a tough year for me, as I found myself so anxious about my future and goals in life. Although I had a good job as a business journalist in an international media company, I found the environment was hostile, political and the working hours were not tolerable at times . I was going through what I called “a quarter-life crisis” and I needed something that I could hold on to.

Two months after that, I found myself jobless, confused and lonelier than ever. I have always been a lonely soul, but at that time I was at the weakest point of my life. My only refuge was the Mind and Body class, where I could be still, practice yoga and think only about my “present”. I honestly think yoga is a sport –if we’re allowed to call it that– for loners.

Part of my journey was to find the right instructors. It wasn’t easy, but since I had all the time in the world, I managed to move from one class to another until I found the perfect time and teacher for myself. Before I knew it, the hobby became a habit, and I created a weekly schedule at 3 different gyms. I picked two instructors who are not only gifted, but also “speak” my body language and have the right chemistry. See, I also believe that teacher and student should have good chemistry in order to communicate well. We can’t please everybody, therefore, different people have different approach and receive different responds from other people.

From that moment, too, I made a decision to give my heart a break. I used to love fast-paced life, drama and constant challenges in my life; whether it is in professional or personal relationships. Since that moment, I decided to act better, to choose better for myself –even though that means less “fun” and “thrill”.

I found myself happier ever since. I practice yoga only for health reason –not spiritual reason– but surprisingly I found myself closer to God. Maybe that is because I had become a better listener and have surrendered my future in God’s hand ever since.

So, if you ask me today how much I love the sport and what it means to me, well… I can’t tell you how much, but I can ask you to join me. After almost 1.5 years –around 400 hours of practice– I couldn’t say that I am a master. I have more to learn, until I reach 10,000 hours of practice and maybe decide to join teacher training one day –in Bali, India, or Europe, it doesn’t matter.

Whatever happens, this will be a testimony I made for myself. It will remind me whenever I’m down and weak that I am stronger than I thought. And that I can hold on to it for the rest of my life.

I hope you will find your own refuge, too.

Namaste.

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JG

Look at today’s online newspaper… Doesn’t it remind you of something?

That’s right! The blogger page that you created many years ago… 😀

So, what’s up with that? Why is the online media following the format of blog?

I really want to learn more about electronic media/ publishing. I hope I will be able to understand it more. The world, trends, etc are always go full circle. We repeat the good ol’ days without even realizing it, tweak them and label them as “current”.

What do you think?

Don’t Ignore

God said, “just wait” but you go ahead and miss more things along the way.

God said, “come to Me” but you seek other relieves and lose yourself along the way.

God said, “be grateful” but you want what others have and feel miserable.

God said, “you have enough” but you want more and become busier than ever. In the end, you lose precious time.

We are here only for 90 years max, so bear with it. Don’t ignore the good voice inside that’s scolding you when you lost your way. Like a candle that burns inside, it can (and it will) die if you blow it.

Pray for Justice in India (& Don’t Travel There)

I was staring at the screen and suddenly cried. No, I wasn’t watching a silly romantic movie or sad documentary about war. I was reading one news about a 5-year-old Indian girl in New Delhi, who was allegedly kidnapped for 2 days, tortured, raped and finally left to die in her neighbor’s apartment. The suspect is a 22-year-old low-class (or I should say “lowlife”) factory worker.

The toddler is currently reported in a “stable” condition, but she may need corrective surgeries due to her extreme injuries. From what I read, especially in the neck and genitalia area.

I can’t be more disturbed when I read it. A bit furious, for no reason. I don’t know her personally, I don’t know her parents or siblings, but I’m a woman.

I believe that every child deserves a chance to grow and develop his/ her full potential in a positive environment. In the news I read, it said that the poor family of the girl was offered INR 2,000 (less than four-hundred-freaking-thousand rupiah!!) to keep quiet.

India needs a female leader who would pay attention to these matters. The country of 1.2 billion has gained so many critiques for all the horrible cases that happened to women over the past few months.

Here I am, sitting in my comfy chair, reading this, and I can just close the screen right now and pretend that this world is okay. But it is not. After watching a thrilling coverage of manhunt in Massachusetts on CNN the whole day yesterday, I think this news is more disturbing. These criminals –terrorist & rapist– are young men (19 and 22) who have the world in their grips and the stamina to work hard and be the best they can be. But they chose to hurt innocent people, for whatever reasons which are probably personal.

This is a sick world.

Now, I have been to some parts of India and I used to “defend” this country when people say bad stigma about it. In fact, I really enjoyed my long holiday there, and I’ve met many friendly people who then became my new friends. But I would not encourage people to visit India for now, because there is something really disturbing about how the government handle such criminal cases against women.

Yes, some parts of India are beautiful indeed, but as a solo female traveler I wouldn’t suggest the place as a “travel destination” to traveler friends… More over, to fellow female travelers. There are still many beautiful travel destinations in the world!

So, no, I won’t just sit here and forget about the pain of that 5-year-old Indian girl. I will pray for her and her family, and I would speak up my mind and warn people NOT TO VISIT India until the officials take these cases more seriously. If a country can do an EMBARGO, so can we. As world travelers, we can tell people not to visit India, through different communities like Couchsurfing, Meetup, etc. We have the right to save our money and spend it in other countries that are more deserving. No, it’s not about “those individual beasts” (I remember that I used to say that before), it’s about the system, the mindset, the culture.

Men, respect women. When you see them, remember your mother who had carried you for 9 months and delivered you into this world.

As for that 22-year-old factory worker, I can only wish that justice will fall upon him (and hopefully he will get gruesome ‘public punishments’ in the jail –repeatedly). After all, we only reap what we sow.

Would You Date Girls Who Travel?

“Date A Girl Who Travels”

I think the writer of this article is in love with a traveler** 🙂

But jokes aside, I remember that I once asked someone to join my solo trip. I felt that he has a kind heart. And he does. We explored the island, shared beers and laughter, a little bit crazy fun on the side, then before we knew it we were dating for quite a while. We did road trips, hit the road without a single map in hand, got lost here and there, but we’d always enjoyed it.

If I were to meet someone special, I would definitely travel with him for a while first to see how compatible our strength, weakness, intelligence and views about the world are. Maybe I live in vain, or maybe I think too much. But I know what I want.

I know that something worth to wait for is something worth to keep for the rest of your life.

**The harsh truth is most guys would feel intimidated by a female traveler, especially if she likes to travel solo. Many guys would choose a woman who can be a “trophy wife” –someone who physically looks flawless, is a bit clueless about many things, needy and luckily master the art of putting make-up.

Do I Plan This?

“So are you planning to be alone (forever)?” a guy asked me today.

Hmmm, if only I could get a dollar every time someone asks me that 😙 (NOTE: I would prefer AUD, pls, cuz I’ll be using the currency soon. Lol)

How would I know if I’m going to change my mind or not within the next decade? Getting married is easy, people, but getting a compatible lifetime partner is NOT. Marriage is the beginning of a new chapter, it’s not the end nor the goal.

I feel sorry for you if you feel that way 😶 #asingleslife

Walking with Father J

There is a hole, a gap in me that cannot be filled with anything but Jesus. He found me when I was very young and I’ve been talking to Him ever since.

He knows me even before I knew who He was. And no one knows me better than Him.

There were times I hurt Him, every now and then, and when it happened I lost my peace.

But He never leaves me.

The same mighty savior who found Paul, Zakheus, C.S. Lewis… The only living God who once had lived as a man –who would understand my every bit of sorrow.

God knows I don’t ask for this life, for my life is still a painful happiness because I have always been a solitaire.

Maybe that’s why I like yoga. It makes sense that a more bubbly and outgoing person would choose sports like balley dancing or salsa over yoga. It is the perfect sport for loners (whether or not they are lonely people).

I have written several series about Him, my sorrows and the conversations we had. One day, if God’s willing, I would publish it. But my life isn’t a full circle just yet, so I need to learn and listen more.

No matter what, thank you Father for never letting me go.

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

Oh I feel so (geek) smart… 😙 Figuring out by myself on how to use my old wireless router with my new Fastnet connection… A bit understood about IP address, MAC address, ARP binding anddd… the difference between WAN & LAN port 😆 *time to grasp it all: 2.5 hours of googling*

Sooo, with TP-Link’s TL MR3220 + 2 UTP cables I can now connect my 2 laptops and 3 mobile devices to the wi-fi!! 4 Mbps is not too bad for Indonesian standard :p *happy happy*

Shirleydaily is here

shirleydaily

From the days of Angelfire, Geocities in 2004 to Blogspot, Tumblr and now… WordPress!

Finally landed and regained full control over the domain that I have been using for more than 5 years through the help (and sponsorship) of a good friend. Thanks to iPhone and apps, now I’m planning to blog from my phone and captured anything that got my attention.

While shirleydaily.tumblr.com is more like an extension of Path and personal shouts, this site will focus more on review; whether it is on travel destinations, hang-out spots, movies, music tracks, sports, or events. After I analyzed my old Blogspot site, it’s clear that people do like to read those reviews. The posts received more than 800 “page views” were either these reviews or abstract opinions.

So, welcome! Since everything that is good in this life is given free, I shall keep this blog open for public view. Before I start, what do you  think of my theme template? Suggestions are highly appreciated.

Journey of an Asian solo female traveler

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