Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Astanga

I made one small change to my morning routine: I made meditation my first act of the day (after making the bed).

It was interesting. I thought I would be sleepy. I wasn't, but I was more distracted than usual. I was also all riled up because, in my early-morning clumsiness, I managed to burn my thumb trying to light a candle (I'm sure somebody, somewhere, has written a sitcom episode about this).

“It's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”

I sat there in the dark, thumb throbbing, cursing the lighter. Oh well!

After a brisk walk with the dog, I settled in for half-Primary. I stood Beryl up again and will probably not revisit my Power Yoga DVD until the weekend. I was thinking about this today after practice, as I soaked away my hockey soreness in the bathtub (My back feels a bit tender, but otherwise fine, and I got an assist last night! Too bad we lost, 7-5...). My practices are consistent, but they're shorter.

Over the summer, business was so slow and I was so employment-challenged that I had abundant time to practice and really, that was *great* (I was poor in money, rich in asana). But now I'm busy. Busy teaching, busy knitting, busy reading, busy spending time with friends, busy volunteering, playing ice hockey, blogging. Busy is good! I'm glad to be busy.

And if 'busy' means that I'm doing half-Primary or even a half-hour yoga practice here and there...well, I've decided it's totally okay. Because a full life is better than the alternative. As long as I have my priorities squared away (and for the first time in awhile, I really feel that I do), there's no problem.

And speaking of priorities, I'm doing my meditation early because I would like to add an evening meditation. The tradition I follow limits each 'sit' to 30 minutes. If you want to meditate more, it's suggested that you add a second session. I'm trying for 10 minutes before beditme. I'll see how it goes.

6 comments:

Brooks Hall said...

I love meditating first thing in the morning!

J said...

I am so interested in meditation but don't really know how to go about it. Any tips?

Michelle said...

Kai, the J comment was mine. My daughter had me check something for her under her account and I neglected to sign out. Again, any tips on meditation? What program do you use?

Arturo said...

hi Kai
poor Beryl. my schedule and pace mimicks yours.
hugs
Arturo

Kaivalya said...

@Michelle
I'm so glad you asked this! Meditation really needs an entire post, I have definitely have some thoughts. You can look forward to reading them on Friday (I want to wait until a 'light teaching day' to give the topic the attention it deserves!).

@Arturo
;-) I'm sure Beryl's heart sinks every time the Power Yoga DVD languishes on the shelf, but I'll see her on the weekend. lol

I think yoga practice, like many things, goes in cycles. Right now, the big lesson for me is learning to embrace life with my practice, rather than allowing my practice to become my life. It's all in the balance.

Kaivalya said...

@Brooks
I'm quickly becoming a convert to morning meditation. Now that I'm into a good flow with my meditation practice, I look forward to doing it so it's become enough to get me out of bed. I'm loving the evening meditation too - it's a nice way to downshift into sleep mode.