I woke up in the night doubled up with period pain and just wanting to throw up, sometimes the pain can feel like I am in labour. In the UK my fantastic yoga teacher taught me some really effective yoga poses to help. I went into the lounge and did about 5 minutes of stretching, twisting, breathing and believing and the pain was soothed and soon subsided, no gas and air required or swearing at my husband.
Earlier in the week my teaching colleague went home to collect pain killers to alleviate hers so I said I would share some yoga poses to help her and anyone else who might find this beneficial. I found this very short clip below, but there are many on You Tube. I suggest you watch the clip in advance and practise so when pain strikes you can draw on a few of the moves quickly, they are honestly very simple and straightforward.
The three Asana's include the Forward bend, Wide Seated forward Bend and the Child's pose.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpGBciXh50U
I also really feel twists benefit me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY3jbSQhZi0
This one from Esther is excellent if you have a block -
Can One Person Really Make a Difference?
The True Story of One Man Who Started a Cult by Accident.
I had my 'kindness' assembly this week, it was accompanied by sounds of shots being fired over the back as the wild baboons were finished off by pest controllers. We encouraged the children to sing extra loud.
When researching ideas on kindness, I found this story below on tes.co.uk and would like to share it to increase his ripples -
In 2002 a man called Danny Wallace placed an advertisement in a London paper that simply said
"Join Me" and asked people to send him a passport photo of themselves. To his surprise, hundreds of people did. Slightly frightened by what he had created, he decided to think of something positive for his 'joinee' to do before it got out of hand.
He asked them to perform one Random Act of Kindness every Friday, news spread and the Karma Army was born and has spread globally.
As the name suggests, the RAOK should be random, and should be for the benefit of complete strangers, otherwise you might be doing it just so that it is returned.
If you watched the video clip in my previous post on 'Letting Go', Ajahn Brahm talks about not giving to receive, he says 'give to life, give all your kindness'. He says too often we expect something in return, so give but expect nothing.
Let go to give but not to expect.
For more on the accidental Karma Army Cult -
On Saturday my daughter and I decided to venture out to our local supermarket which is a short and beautiful drive away.
I won't go into all the details only that when I stopped to turn right into the complex the Dala Dala at the back of the train of cars behind me failed to do the same. Our car came off the least dented and the dala dala sped off and is still missing.
Thankfully there were no casualties, and after a cuddle with Ellie (who took it all in her stride), I thought of my yoga and mindfulness and what I've learned from it. I didn't look forward or back but settled into the moment, took a couple of yogi breaths, noticed what my body was doing, relaxed and focused on what needed to be done.
Shortly after arriving in Tanzania, I'd had a similar crash with a Piki Piki (I wrote about it in my travel blog) and felt quite lost. This time I took photos, wrote numbers and announced to the growing crowd that I was off to fetch the police who were soon followed by Paul and our Tanzanian friend Godi.
Paul and I have spent a good part of this weekend form filling, waiting at the station and chatting football with the police. On reflection we ended up enjoying ourselves and feel it is another African adventure. We are hoping to claim off the other vehicle's insurance but in the meantime need a new back door.
This could have been so much worse and I am very conscious of how lucky we have been.
I love driving but not here as there are too many nutters on the road, but it definitely gets me out of my comfort zone and shakes me up (see previous post)