Enhance Your Calm, John Spartan

I don’t know what my adversity to working out after work is, but I just can’t bring myself to not go home when I leave the office.

This, of course, is making me anxious because of my Climb Nashville membership. I’ve almost had it an entire month, and haven’t been in once since I signed up.

However, in looking at their schedule of classes, it kind of made me think about my membership in a different way.

In addition to climbing, Climb offers fitness and yoga classes. In the middle of the day (well, 11 AM). Perfect for someone who just wants to go home and lay on his couch all night with his wife and cat.

My job is flexible enough that I can take an hour and drive down the street (there are two locations, one near my house and one near my hotel…kinda perfect, right?), hit the class, and be back at work before anyone notices I’m gone (never mind the fact I get an hour for lunch if I want).

This will fit perfectly in with the other half of my “fitness” plan that I’m encouraging myself to be on.

The other half deals with meditation.

I’ve subscribed to Headspace, and have taken to finding 3-5 minutes in my day to open the app and use one of the “mini” programs (usually the Relax, Refresh, or Focus).

I have also taken to leaving my iPad at home, and bringing my Kindle with me instead. This allows me to take a break from looking at a screen and catch up on some of the reading that I’ve been trying to accomplish for a while.

All of this is helping to alter my mood throughout the day. I have noticed myself being more calm while accomplishing things, mainly driving. While I’m behind the wheel, I’m a beast. I hate the drivers here in TN. They are among the worst drivers I have ever encountered in my life (and I’m from Los Angeles!). Also, the road layout and traffic flow setup by TDOT is absolutely terrible.

As you can tell, I’m not a fan.

But, I have noticed that since I’ve started following my guidelines, and becoming more mindful of myself, I’ve seen it trickle down into every aspect of my life. I’m more at peace with things.

It’s been an interesting journey so far, and it’s only been a month.

My 36th birthday is coming up this week (the 16th to be exact), so call it a mid-life crisis (but I already had one at 32!) if you want. I don’t. I call it a re-alignment of my senses, and an enhancement of my calm.

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