Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
- last class of the semester was last night! while i'm glad it's over, it was a pleasure teaching such a bright group. i like to teach.
- i enjoy the sound of words spoken in sanskrit. i'm attempting to learn my yoga postures by their original name.
- purple globe alliums! quite possibly a contender with peonies as my favorite bloom. all that backbreaking bulb-planting last fall? totally worth it.
- i have to go to a work meeting this morning to discuss creating an informative and positive unit presence on facebook. not really sure how i feel about this? would you "like" child protective services?
- the royal wedding hoopla made me nostalgic for that other royal wedding that i watched through 16-year old sleepy eyes and literally uttered my very first "wtf?". (never been a fan of the whole over-the-top-wedding-princess thing.)
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
the prompt for this inaugural week of bella's 52 photos project is "nourish".
when i first read the prompt, i got all giddy with plans of photographing luscious images of food. but the more i thought about it, the thing that has nourished my body and soul the most over the past five months is bikram yoga.
i started doing this challenging class (90 minutes, 105°, 40% humidity) five months ago and now i'm hooked like so many others.
bikram yoga nourishes me in so many ways during class; what i love the most is how what happens in class translates into life outside the very hot room:
- it never gets easier, just better
- there are endless opportunities for awareness, growth and improvement
- the unique relationship with the mirror in a bikram class moves me to previously unknown levels of self-awareness and self-acceptance
- it's true that my body is different every time i walk in the door, this knowledge has brought me to a new understanding of "go with it"
- i greet and dismiss resistance before each and every class, practicing peaceful warfare with this thing that cripples me most in real life
- following directions and relinquishing control and authority is fun
- the only decision i have to make is "try the right way"
- my nemesis posture, ustrasana, the heart-opening camel, has become one of my favorites
- tense does not equal strong
- the gallons of sweat and the many many exhales of breath empty my body, allowing space for health and newness
*my classmate isabelle, totally rocking dandayamana-bibhaktapada-paschimotthanasana.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
the first picnic of the season! the beauty of this spring day inspired me to keep it simple and indulge in things i love. hint: there's rum in that thermos.
cupcakes and mojitos!
pretty little sugar butterflies (sugar robot).
the sunshine was spendiflorous. the new baby green leaves on the trees cast a pale aqua tint to everything.
i am a happy girl with a mojito in hand...add some tiny cupcakes, sweet birdsong and a gentle breeze and the afternoon is perfect.
(i am so pleased to be picnic-ing again and enjoying the amazing outdoors. if you'd like to see last year's picnics, click here.)
it's really difficult for me to imagine a life in which i could not count on another opportunity to let go, surrender, forgive, peel off another layer that has served its purpose, reset, restart, reinvent, switch up and try on a different bloom. i am so grateful for the many times and many ways i have begun anew.
this is the spirit of today.
and the day after...
Saturday, April 16, 2011
i've been quiet over here...not sure why. i seem to be in a state of soft and easy exploration, an exquisite incubation of sorts. sometimes i just want to be in it, not necessarily photograph and document it. you know what i mean?
i wanted to pop in and share some friends' work that fills me with joy and pride and that is partly responsible for my retreat:
- sarah's book arrived a few days ago and i can't stop looking at it! it's so gloriously beautiful. i've been lucky enough to take sarah's mixed-media art class in person and her book really does make you feel like you are in the room with her. i can't recommend it enough.
- and the very lovely jen lee has a new multimedia workbook to guide you through discovering and telling your own amazing story.