Category Archives: Passion

Quest Story: Around the World In Twenty Days – Savoring the Adventure

On March 1, 1999 Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones set off in a balloon from Switzerland in an attempt to become the first piloted balloon to fly around the world nonstop. Here is Piccard as he savors his adventure in this journal entry from the night before their triumphant landing in Egypt twenty days later. During the last night, I savor once more the intimate relationship that we have established with our planet. Shivering in the pilot’s seat, I have the feeling I have left the capsule to fly under the stars that have swallowed our balloon. I feel so privilege that I want to enjoy every second of this air world. During our three weeks of flight, protected by our high-tech cocoon, we have flown over millions of people suffering on this earth…Why are we so lucky? Very shortly after daybreak, [our balloon] will land in the Egyptian sand. Brian and I will be lifted away from the desert by helicopter, and we will immediately need to find words to satisfy the public’s curiosity. But right now, muffled in my down jacket, I let the cold bite of the night remind me that I have not yet landed, that I am still living one of the most beautiful moments of my life. The only way that I can make this instant last will be to share it with others. We have succeeded thanks to the winds of providence. May the winds of hope keep blowing around the world. (National Geographic, Sept. 1999: p44)

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Yoga Resources Part 3: Books and DVDs

Yoga Books Moving Toward Balance: 8 Weeks of Yoga With Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee with Nin Zolotow Ashtanga Yoga – The Practice Manual by David Swenson Yoga the Iyengar Way by Silva, Mira and Shyam Mehta Awakening the Spine by Vonda Scaravelli Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar Yoga DVDs  We recommend Rodney Yee DVDs. Look through this list and pick one or two that strike your fancy. They’re available at Amazon.com or his website www.yeeyoga.com. We especially like Energy Balance Yoga, Intermediate Yoga, Yoga Burn, and the Hip-opening segment on the Advanced Yoga DVD. Rodney Yee’s Yoga for Beginners Yoga Burn DVD AM/PM Yoga DVD Back Care Yoga for Beginners DVD Intermediate Yoga DVD Power Yoga Strength and Flexibility Power Yoga Total body Workout DVD Power Yoga: Flexibility Yoga Conditioning for Athletes DVD Abs Yoga for Beginners DVD Strength Building Yoga DVD Power Yoga: Strength DVD Power Yoga: Stamina Back Care Yoga DVD Energy Balance Yoga DVD Family yoga DVD Advanced Yoga With Rodney Yee two-disc DVD set Sports Conditioning Mini Yoga Workouts DVD   Explore this idea more fully in Quixote Consulting’s team building and team development activities: Office Yoga – Learn simple techniques to stay productive at your desk or energize your off-site.

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Yoga Resources Part 2: Yoga Multi-Media

Yoga Multi-Media We recommend developing a yoga home practice to fully experience the benefits of yoga. If you have an iPod, the best tool by far for developing your practice is Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman’s Yoga Club (www.gaiamyogaclub.com). With this self-paced 12-week program, you receive a combination of nine online yoga videos and 63 podcast classes covering over 75 poses. At the beginning of each week, Rodney and Colleen introduce you to a category of yoga poses (forward bends, backbends, twists, inversions and more) with modifications for different levels, and sequencing principles for personalizing your own yoga program. Explore this idea more fully in Quixote Consulting’s team building and team development activities: Office Yoga – Learn simple techniques to stay productive at your desk or energize your off-site.

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Yoga Resources Part 1: Yoga Classes

Yoga Classes We are often asked about yoga and what kind of class to check out. There are literally thousands of iterations of what people call ‘yoga’ out there and some will be for you and some won’t. Here are two classic branches of yoga that we recommend: Iyengar Yoga – Recommended if you’re starting your yoga path. The focus on proper form and technique will give you a solid grounding that will serve you for the rest of your life. It’s also recommended if you’re interested in going beyond just the physical benefits to explore the breath and balance in your life. Rob has moved through many interests in yoga but always returns to Iyengar-based yoga. Ashtanga Yoga – Recommended if you’re extremely active already and want a challenging ‘yoga workout’. This set series of postures will especially help you to become leaner, stronger, and more flexible. Email us the name/description of a class you’re thinking of taking if you’d like our perspective – info@quixoteconsulting.com Explore this idea more fully in Quixote Consulting’s team building and team development activities: Office Yoga – Learn simple techniques to stay productive at your desk or energize your off-site.

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Beauty, Space and Feeling – Life as a Blues Ballad

Beauty, space and feeling. These three things I love in life are most accessible to me as a musician when playing ballads. Other qualities come out easily at higher tempos – joy, energy, delight, play, intensity are a few that come to mind – but beauty, space and feeling have their home for me in the ballad. And especially in a blues ballad. Some examples of the blues ballad are: Angel Eyes, Mood Indigo, Born to Be Blue, Willow Weep For Me, Night Life, Please Send Me Someone to Love, Ray Charles singing Georgia On My Mind and on and on. The great Charles Brown made this genre his home. Combine slow tempos with soul and a blue feeling and I’ll be the first customer at the door. Imagine Ray Charles singing a slow ballad of your work today while you’re moving through it. Play your day with a focus on beauty, space and feeling.

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Prioritize With Persistence: Effort + Time = Success

Prioritizing with persistence involves examining your To-do list through the story of your long-term goals. We all can get lost in the weeds of immediate demands if we don’t consciously re-focus on projects that are vital to us but won’t get done in a day, a week, a month, a year or even a decade. Ask yourself these five questions: What’s one long-term goal or project that’s really important to me that I’d like to persist a little more with? Which item on my To-Do list is a step towards taking action on my important long-term goal? Which item on my To-Do list could be done repeatedly every day for at least thirty days (creating a new synaptic groove in the brain)? Which item on my To-Do list could be best moved along by application of grit, determination, will, perseverance? Which item is important enough for me to invest some long-term effort into? Explore this idea more fully in Quixote Consulting’s team building and team development activities: At Your Best – Explore how to give your best and play to your strengths for sustained individual success.

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Prioritize With Purpose: The Point Where You Meet the World

The world around you needs you.  Let’s start there.  There would be no To-do lists or prioritizing if the world, the people you know, your job, your team, your clients didn’t need you. Imagine a world where no one cared enough to need you, or anything from you.  It may sound wonderful for a short amount of time, but what about long term?  What a sad, lonely life! Look at your To Do list through the lens of being of the most use to the world around you. Look for the point where (as Frederich Boechner said), “Your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” Ask yourself: What on my To-Do list is most important to me? What on my To-Do list is most important to the world? Where do those two items meet? What would provide the most benefit to the most people? What would allow me to see and viscerally experience the benefit I provide to the larger world? Explore this idea more fully in Quixote Consulting’s team building and team development activities: At Your Best – Explore how to give your best and play to your strengths for sustained individual success.

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Prioritize With Play: Make Fun Your Priority

Prioritizing with play involves examining your To-do list through the story of what delights you, what is most pleasurable, fun for you. Ask yourself: What on my To-Do list would be most fun to do? What on my To-Do list is easiest to do? What on my To-Do list would take the quickest amount of time? If nothing else mattered than my delight, what’s the first thing I’d do on this list? Do I have the discipline and courage to include self-care, my happiness and delight as an important factor in prioritizing my To-do list? Play is your best entry into the rewards of prioritizing. What’s the reward? I’ll give you a hint. It isn’t doing more work (although that’s always an option). It’s to get your most important work done in the shortest amount of time, cut out overwhelmed feelings that lead to procrastination, and allow you to stop working sooner, to have some fun, to take more breaks, and give you the breathing room to do your work at your own rhythm. Play your list and take the extra time to play ‘off the list’. Explore this idea more fully in Quixote Consulting’s team building and team development activities: At Your Best – Explore how to give your best and play to your strengths for sustained individual success.

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Prioritize With Passion: Let Your Talents Do the Work

Prioritizing At Your Best with Passion, Play, Purpose and Persistence Do you wish you were able to prioritize more effectively?  Is your To-do list driving you crazy?  Does it seem like there’s too much to do and too little time to do it? If any of these questions sounds like your story, here are four new stories to place all the demands of your day in.  Try any of them on that speaks to you and you’ve just become the author of a better story for you, one where you’re prioritizing at your best. First, let’s prioritize with passion. Prioritizing with passion involves examining your To-do list through the story of your talents. Ask yourself: Which item on my To-Do list am I most passionate about? Which item on my To-Do list would give me the best chance at getting so engaged in doing it that I’d get lost in the activity? Which item most fully engages my strengths? Which item has the right level of challenge – not too hard, not too easy, not too short, not too long – for me today? Which item on my To-Do list would I do first if the only thing that matters is using my natural talents more today? Explore this idea more fully in Quixote Consulting’s team building and team development activities: At Your Best – Explore how to give your best and play to your strengths for sustained individual success.

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Persist Like a Phoebe In Her Nest

Every year a phoebe builds a nest somewhere on our house. This year she built it on the crook of a gutter drainpipe above the walkway to the house, a highly trafficked area. If I’m out on the patio or on the back deck, I can look over and see her sitting on the eggs in her nest. She built it herself – that’s what phoebes do. The male accompanied her, but it took her close to two weeks to build it out of mud, leaves, moss and hair. Now she’s sitting on the eggs. They incubate for about two weeks. Then the hatchlings will be born – helpless and eyes closed – and she’ll care for them for another 2-3 weeks. I’ve been appreciating her consistency of commitment. There have been some severe temperature fluctuations the last few weeks. And some intense weather – driving rain, high winds, abnormally hot days, followed by 40-degree nights. Through all of it she continues her commitment to her eggs, never acting upset or concerned. If I can’t sleep at night, it helps knowing that she is out there, continuing her faithfulness. As I type these words, I can see her. We all have passions we commit ourselves to. It could be work related, or it might be your family, or gardening, or writing, or playing music, or being in nature. And we all can use inspiration to continue that commitment. If this phoebe is helpful, use it. Or look for another inspiration – a reason why you’re committing again and again to something that you care about where the outcome is unknown. Inspiration helps. And so does appreciation. Appreciation is the antidote to worry. Perhaps you can pause right now and appreciate yourself for continuing to persist, to do the difficult work of being alive and awake on the earth. Here’s to your commitment to your passion you’re incubating this lovely month!

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