Day 139 – The opening quote says it all: “For those who have come to grow, the whole world is a garden. For those who have come to learn, the whole world is a university. For those who have come to know God, the whole world is a prayer mat.” I was fortunate to have done my reading before I threw myself into my short practice.
After plopping in bed at 8 p.m., I am waking up today to a sick daughter (just mildly so) racing around cleaning up after the animals (who no one walked last night) and a needy husband, who needs lots of affirmation that I am not going camping by myself over spring break. How I love this family! How grateful I am that they need me! How lucky we are to have such plentitude to complain about at 4 a.m.
Camping is definitely the way to go if you want a respite. It is everything that yoga should be, but because I race around like a woman with her hair on fire, feeling pinged from every direction, in my day-to-day life, I come to my mat for 10 minutes to stew in myself. Like Rolf, I come to the mat “to strive, to control, to win” over this feeling of harriedness and measured chaos.
So, today’s short 10 minute vinyasa was focused on just the intention of growing and learning and breathing into my infinite. Gentleness on the hips needed from sleeping on the hard ground, so easy on the twists. Just enough of plank to fire up the arms, but no push-ups. Wide legged forward folds and DD to ease into the day. For whatever it is, 10 minutes is enough to grow a little big calmer, learn a little about what each pose does for my body today, and to breathe deeply into the wells of myself to feel, taste, and hear divinity.