Today I feel great. I got up at 8:30, although it was my intention to be on the mat by 8. I chose to give myself an extra forty-five minutes, as I got home quite late on Tuesday. Like most mornings, I drank my hot water with lemon while sitting on my yoga mat in meditation contemplation, and visualisation. I sent love to the special people in my life, and practiced Metta, or the act of loving kindness, for dealing with difficult situations I have experienced. I sat in gratitude for all I have.
After my gentle lead into the day, I began a yoga asana (posture) practice for an hour. Back bends were the predominant theme, along with Pincha Maruyasana, the posture I’ve been trying to get for the past two and a half years! I can hold this pose firmly with my feet touching the wall, but that all changes when I try it in the centre of the room, without support. I had anticipated I would be able to feel comfortable with it with six months of practice, but that is not the case. Ah well, in the words of Betsy Downing, “You have the rest of your life to get this pose!”
While practicing, I remembered today is Summer Solstice. I had an idea to write a blog tomorrow in relation to the symbol of the longest day of the year; moving from darkness to light, then back to the darkness of winter. I thought of how this symbol is in some ways related to the symbol of the lotus flower. The lotus flower signifies the progress of the soul from the murky waters of materialism, through to the waters of experience, to the light of enlightenment.
Even as I am writing this short blog, my mind is bouncing with excitement. I want to delve deeper into this concept in the next blog now, but I am out the door shortly to begin a day of yoga teaching.
I love days like this; when I am fully present, and I trust in confidence that I am exactly where I am meant to be. I feel so lucky to be blessed with the discipline of yoga, meditation, and to have moments of inspiration such as this morning that lead to so much enthusiasm… it’s not always like this, I can assure you. Last week, for example, I was feeling a little lost, with thoughts of going in a new direction to spice up my life. Today, fully content where I am, I realise my life is like the lotus flower; one moment I am traveling through the murky waters of experience, the next I see the light of the thousand petals of the lotus flower! I love it. When I have these insights, I know that this is “Lila” the play of life.
More to come about Lila’s lotus flower…