On this path no effort is wasted,
no gain is ever reversed;
even a little of this practice
will shelter you from great sorrow.
Bhagavad Gita 2.40 (Stephen Mitchell translation)
I'm so thankful for my yoga practice right now. Forget the perfect downward dog, side plank or headstand. It is the spirit of the practice, the ancient teachings applied off the mat which are carrying me through these days. I'm not sure where I would be without this solid foundation.
It's been a whirlwind around here (some things that aren't appropriate for me to talk about here). But the emotion behind it all? Oh my. Disappointments countered by fresh possibility.
I'm so thankful for the beautiful warm weather we are having right now, it's just the tonic this girl was looking for. The weekend saw many satisfying hours spent spring cleaning in the yard. There was also a good amount of sunny, creative time curled up by a south facing window to complete this drawing. It has been traveling around with me for a few weeks now and I knew from the beginning it would hold these words (one of my favorite teachings from the Bhagavad Gita), but I wasn't sure why I needed to include them at this time. Now I know.
I'm glad I didn't change the direction of this piece when my pesky mind told me to. Instead, I followed my heart and did the work. The result is the most personal drawing I've produced so far, and this poignant dharma teaching is one that I am grateful to be reminded of at this time.
The house tour will certainly continue! I just feel the need to break it up a bit...