Friday, March 9, 2012

Day 11: Reflecting on Moon Day

A photo of the full moon from our front deck.

Friday, March 9, 2012
Led Primary Series
Instructor: Deb C.
6:30 – 8:15 a.m.

Today's practice was a tough one for me. I don't know if it was a loss of momentum following yesterday's Moon Day (traditionally, Ashtanga practitioners take full and new moon days off — learn why here), or if it was the poor sleep I had last night (lots of wild dreams and waking up), but I felt a little sluggish this morning and it was a real mental struggle to stay focused and motivated. The great thing about a led class is that if you are having difficulty with motivation, the momentum and pace of the sequence and the energy of the rest of the group will carry you through. All things considered, I'm still grateful that I made it to the mat this morning.


Appropriately enough, I spent a lot of time yesterday reflecting — I mean, what is the moon if not a giant reflector for the sun? It started when I realized that since I quit my job in advertising last summer, I've returned back to the weight I was before I took my first job in that industry almost exactly five years ago (for the record, I gained 20 lbs in the add industry). It made me realize that I've come back full circle to who I was physically and creatively. I not only feel physically lighter, but I feel spiritually lighter as well — as if shrugging off the weight of conformity has lightened the load on my heart, allowing my true self to re-emerge.

I've now swept up the rubble, cleared out the dead and tangled overgrowth, laid a fresh layer of soil and am ready to start a whole new growing season, just in time for spring. Funny how that worked out.



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