Necessary Luxury - Sonita Morin Abrahams
Executive Director, RISE Life Management Services
As executive director of RISE Life Management Services and owner/teacher of Afya yoga, pilates and dance studio, I work long hours and so for me it's very important to balance my work with activities that nourish mind, body and spirit.
Each morning when I awaken I unplug my BlackBerry and switch it from vibrate to normal, as my undisturbed beauty sleep is of utmost importance! I check to see if there are any urgent messages or calls, then place it one side as I prepare for my morning meditation on my yoga mat, with one of my beautiful Kenyan kikoys (wraps) around my shoulders. My kikoys are very special to me, as they are made from lovely African cotton in an array of gorgeous colours and were, purchased from a street vendor named Alice, who lives close to my daughter's home in Karen, a suburb of Nairobi, Kenya.
I then select one of my favourite meditation CDs by Rod Stryker and for the next 20 minutes I nurture my spirit with meditation and prayer. This is followed by five minutes of yogic breathing, which keeps me healthy and energised. By this time Brandy, my four-legged daughter, is getting impatient and so we head outside to play ball, while soaking up the fresh air and early-morning sun. I now look forward to my morning coffee as I read from Ernest Holmes' Science of Mind and Creative Thought. This is definitely my favourite time of day, and helps to set the tone for the rest of the day. I end my quiet morning time by checking my e-mail on my Digicel BlackBerry, scanning the newspapers, and if time permits, reaching for my iPad for a quick chat on Skype with my daughter and grandsons in Kenya, or my son and eldest grandson in New York.
As I get ready to head downtown to RISE Life Management, I check for fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs from my garden (or fridge), completing my nourishment of mind, body and spirit, and setting the tone for my workday!