Week of February 26, 2012:
Friday: DIY yoga before bed
Saturday: Running errands via bicycle
First, a disclaimer: I stole that photo from the archives, May 2011 to be exact. But I like it because it seems to express visually the way things feel right now—a bit dark and fuzzy, yet with a light that can be seen through the uncertainty. When you look at that photo, you can’t help but see the light. In fact, because the photo is fuzzy, I think the light catches your eye more easily than the blurred images of tree trunks and green leaves.
On Friday night, I stepped onto my mat to do some yoga before bed, figuring that the stretching would be good for my pre-race body. Once on the mat, I immediately thought of Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and the way she emphasizes intention as a guiding principle in our lives. In other words, seek not perfection but rather stay true to your intentions. I stood there, my bare feet on the mat, and silently I declared that my intention was to bring peace and compassion to myself and others. And yes, I thought of Matt and how it is not easy to be patient with him when being patient means letting him go, at least for now. So I asked for peace and compassion for him too.
It felt really good, both the intentions and the yoga. I stretched and I breathed, and I enjoyed the quiet solitude of my candlelit apartment. When I finished, I felt calmer than I have in days. Perhaps all yoga should start with a nod toward intentions.
PS In case you were wondering, why, yes, indeed, I DID run 13.1 miles this morning! And it was good. More about that soon, very soon. First, I think I need more coffee.