Yes, I am a little behind on posting my daily feels of gratitude, but definitely not behind on the feels! Another day, another round of many aspects of my life for which to be grateful! Yesterday, I visited a TCM/Chiropractor/and? Dr. for a much needed and long-overdue massage. They also did cupping. Wow, it was an intense, therapeutic massage that put me in the relaxation and toxin-release and stress-relieved zone! Including the intitial assessment, I was there for 2 hours! Not to mention, the Doc came down to meet me at street level, since I had never before visited the clinic. It is a beautiful, traditionally-decorated Chinese medicine clinic and she speaks excellent English. I needed that massaged 2 weeks ago!
Later, I met M., a new friend from work, and we hopped in a DuDu (China’s Uber—it’s really Didi, but hey, sometimes the ride feels like doo doo, so...) to head downtown for food and cinema... then it was really dudu...
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...We got stuck in horrible traffic and what was a 30-40 minute trip took over an hour...ugh! On Sunday! But that’s part of living in China: since they don’t have the same religion or holidays, many people work on Sundays (like my TCM Doc) and will take Saturdays off, or another day. So rush hour is 7 days of the week, LOL!
M. and I were both starved and went to the same Indian restaurant that at which I met the Vegan Group last week. We had a delish meal, got to know each other better, and laughed a lot! Another aspect for which I am grateful: people opening up the arms and hearts to me in such a welcoming and open manner! Another new friend at work invited me to join her on vacation this coming week! Who does that? And we’ve only known each other one month! So I get to explore an amazing piece of China with someone who has traveled about it already and who speaks great Mandarin! I am so grateful for new friends, fun times, upcoming travels, and open arms.
We ran a little late at dinner, so we were skidding in 1 minute late to the film, which was at a bar on the 12th floor of the same building. Since we were a bit late, we didn’t get to meet many people, but did chat with the host a few minutes after the film. Although the film was not of a happy-ilk, it was a good film and offered one view of Russian lives and people. The company, and meeting new people was worth it. More gratitude! There’s a film club in Chengdu that shows art house, independent, and foreign films! Woo Hoo! Every Sunday, a free film with free popcorn! More people to meet... and cinema!!! At a rooftop bar... so cool! And a small, intimate gathering spot; the space was about as large as my combined living room/bedroom.
Yes, more for which to be grateful! And I am! New friends, upcoming travels, IKEA, great food, a new yoga mat so I can do yoga in the mornings again, a great school, a jump in prosperity, a jump in my feeling of prosperity and abundance (the feeling of abundance and prosperity being more important than the amount in my bank account), a great teaching team, people that have welcomed me and helped me, a new coffee carafe that keeps my chai hot and steaming in the mornings, family that cares for me and lets me know it, the opportunity to make a difference with these children I have until July, Chengdu—an amazing city with which I am fast falling in love, and living in China! Gratitude, goals fulfilled, and dreams come true! Whoo Hoo! I am definitely feeling grateful on the Monday morning with a body a bit sore from a strong massage and too-little sleep! Yay! Now, on to yoga!