Wednesday, October 13, 2010

See What's Available

Ahh. After a grueling class last weekend, this morning I had just the class I needed to "revitalize, re-energize, and re-organize" myself.

I woke up with the alarm at 5:40 a.m. and dragged my sleepy self to the early class. A visiting instructor taught the class, and it was refreshing to get so much and feel so alive that early in the morning. She did not take it easy on us just because it was early. She expected us to work hard, be attentive to our postures, and really be present.

I think it was in standing-head-to-knee, as we held our foot and prepared to kick out, when she told us to "see what's available." What a gentle way to get you to be brave! It's a simple way of putting it, but it was everything I needed to hear. I felt gently encouraged to push myself a little bit, knowing that if I didn't try I wouldn't see what kind of experience was waiting for me.

I took that "see what's available" idea to work with me. I had an incredibly full slate of activities--teaching and grading, being evaluated in my classes (yikes!), and so on. Part of me wonders how I'm still standing, but thinking I was just reaching for what was available in that moment was all I needed to do to accomplish what needed accomplishing.

For a few hours today, I had the sense that it was possible to live this way, all the time. I hope y'all get to feel that, too!


hannahjustbreathe said...

"See what's available" will be my mantra for the days to come. I LOVE it.

thedancingj said...

Hey, that IS great. I'm stealing it.

Martina said...

Oh dang, I needed that…I am STRUGGELING…I’m going to try your wisdom in hopes it will help get me outta this quick-sand my practice has turned into this week.

Catherine said...

Thought of this in class yesterday. Unfortunately, the answer was, "not much," but still.


Yolk E said...

Hahahahhaha, Catherine. So true. So true.