Reclamation

Day 221 – We spent our weekend, Fred and I, visiting two dear English friends, one of whom is undergoing chemo. Taking time to visit, sing, and commune over the weekend really puts health–any amount of it–in a different perspective, and hones in the need to enjoy and celebrate the everyday moments that sustain our hope and, therefore, health.
reclaim
Today’s reading was about how Rolf’s practice reclaims his command over his physicality lost through his addictive past. He writes: “There is a sense of reclamation mixed together with layers of emotion that seem to span all of this lifetime and maybe more.” Collectively, it feels as if our culture, our time, has forgotten what health feels like, trading it for high fructose, quick delivery of food, and an easy fix to weight management, aging, and stress.
As I practice yoga, like Rolf, I get the “distinct experience of moving through the layers of stored memory,” remembering postures of long ago in times of pregancy, distress, ennui, and emotional distress. Reclamation of health through yoga practice is a process, and this took awhile for me to figure out that I was seeking health, not necessarily balance or stress-reduction or even youth or flexability; only these were intrisicately connected to health and lifetimes beyond and before my own. Therefore, like Rolf, my practice is not a place I understand, but “rather, it is a place that I go.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s