Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I must admit it. Yesterday I was in a crap mood. My belly ached all day and I felt irritated by everything. I also felt defeated. I asked myself the question, “How am I going to get up at 3:30am 6 days a week for the next three and a half weeks?” I nearly booked a flight home right then and there (I am being dramatic) but when you are in belly pain everything just sucks.
My salvation came in the form of a freshly cleaned room and even better still clean sheets! When I woke this morning my pain was gone I felt pretty rested and I was off to practice. After the sun salutations I feel no trace of the crazy early hour. Practice is feeling strong and focused although I am getting the feeling that I am not going to get any more poses until I am taking both hands to my ankles. Today the right hand went and when I picked the left off the floor I swear I squealed a little and came out of the pose. As Sharath assisted me in my forward floor he laughed a little. Who wants to do Laghu Vajrasana anyway?
I love chanting and philosophy class. It is amazing to have this chance to just get right into it everyday. At the end of class a new students asked this question, “Patanjali what is this all about?” Narasimha answered so quickly he said that this text shows us that man is miserable because of his mind, and the mind is miserable because it continues to identify with objects outside of itself. This method teaches us practices to correct that misidentification.
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