There were a few reasons for taking on this Living Yoga series. I was looking to not only reconnect with my own asana practice on a near daily basis, but I also wanted to challenge myself to capture those yogic day to day moments that kind of catch me in the chest and take my breath away, if only for one sweet moment. The beauty of taking more time on the mat is that the I'm catching more and more of these glimpses in my day now. Practice on the mat (or simply on the wooden floor as the case has been for me quite often these days) equates to more and more of these bright spots throughout the day. What I have found though, is I'm often not feeling compelled to pick up my camera during these moments. Instead, I find myself choosing to be here now. Let the camera go.
So, this little project continues to surprise me with its need for silence. Sometimes I feel agitated by that and wish to move on from the whole thing and go back to programming as usual. But I'll press on, because the living these last couple of months has been as sweet as can be, it's the documentation of it all that feels a little lackluster. Staying the course and seeing something through though, there is discipline and growth in that - which was the entire point of it all, yes?
There aren't too many days left in this series and I've found myself in that sweet spot of something slowly coming to a close. Final thoughts are percolating - a culmination of lessons and insights marking the end of a journey. As expected, what I've received from this experience is not at all what I expected. For example, the 2-3 hour daily practice and fully immersed yogic lifestyle that I once led; the very things I hoped to reclaim? Well, wouldn't you know it... those things are not going to look the same in this season of my life it turns out, they are not my reality today as they were years ago. Well, the 2-3 daily practice, at least - the lifestyle is simply where my hearts lies, with or without a lengthy asana practice. I'm not sure why it took such a dedicated mindset spent trying to resurrect those days for me to learn they were indeed gone, but alas, it did, and they are.
Gone for now. Which is okay.
We have a new little addition to our family... meet cousin Molly! She is visiting from Kansas and will be here during my cousin's family's deployment overseas. At this point we aren't sure how long Molly will be here, perhaps one month, perhaps two years. The Army likes to keep you guessing, it seems. She is settling in nicely and Scout is thrilled to have an inside animal to keep track of. Chickens on the outside, Molly on the inside. All is well in Scout's world.
Though I've been visiting my corner of facebook almost each day with little snippets, recipes, photos, etc... my track record the last couple of month's tells me I likely will not post a a full blog before the Thanksgiving holiday. So, I'd like to take this moment and wish you a wonderful time of celebration, and quiet moments too, with family and friends in the days to come.