I am not sure what the connection is of my six related things. But I trust that there is one, because I am thinking about them.
1. There may be no better combination in my world than a vinyasa yoga class followed by red wine. I went to an event last night at a local donation-based yoga studio, and was bowled over by the re-incarnated studio's beauty. The rich yellow hues and golden Sanscrit words painted high on the wall have me wanting to bring gold into my life in full force - golden paint, golden bangles, golden earrings, golden love.
2. My dog lies in a sun patch on the bedroom floor. Ah, Sundays. I am living the realization (that I have to re-learn all the time) that I get more done when I am relaxed. I am paraphrasing a Yoga Journal article that once said: People (I) make the mistake of thinking they don't have time for a meditation practice. But really, meditation saves you time, in the long run.
See also: My friend told me yesterday that she did yoga on the porch of a house in the country where she is caring for the animals this weekend. The chickens plucked at her mat and toes while she practiced. I love this image. Chickens are great! Love chickens. Running around like a headless one is, however, not as cool. What is cool? Meditation! Clarity. Pausing to check in with greater wisdom before diving into projects and to-do lists. Just a little pause. It could "save" hours. It does for me.
This is perhaps what Gay Hendricks means in his book, The Big Leap, when he says we create time. (This book? It's a good one. A quick read. A little life-saver. Trust me.)
So, Person + Meditation = Much More Productive Person. But this is just a bonus! The more primary equation is: Person + Meditation = Person Aware of Personal Life Purpose. Therefore, = Much More Productive (& Happy) Person.
3. When I confessed to my chicken-sitting friend, with whom I am working on a project that necessitates a lot of back-and-forth emails all week, that I am afraid of "bothering" people, she said she feels the same. I wonder if a lot of people feel this way. Sometimes when my mom calls, she says, "I hate to bother you sweetie. I know you're very busy."
Sure. I'm busy. But we all are. We all have lives. (Just thinking of my mom saying this, by the way, makes me feel tenderly. It's sweet that she is so considerate. But I miss my mom. I want her to call, especially when I'm busy. Because what am I so busy about, if it doesn't have to do with love?)
What happens when we are afraid to bother each other is that we wait until it's a better time to take care of our needs. What good is that?! Guess what? It's always a good time to call someone and tell them that you love them. It's always a good time to answer the phone and hear that you are loved. So, without getting too far into the answers, (um, on cue, my husband just came into the room to say he loved me), I have this question to pose to us all: Who are you afraid of bothering? And this reply: whoever it is, do it! They want to hear from you. And you have something to say. Go on. Say it. Let's make a habit of bothering other people, and breaking through the fear that what we care about doesn't matter.
4. At the event last night, my friend led the vinyasa class, in the middle of which she said, "How are you living from your heart? You are doing it every day. You may not always feel it, but you are." I like this reminder that we never really lose our intentions - we just sometimes tune them out. I started thinking how I have let go of some really sweet practices in order to make time and room for some new events in my life (a full-time job - yay!, new projects, morning dog walks). These new events are beautiful additions, but I realized last night that I need to re-integrate some of my favorite practices into my days again to stay strong for these new additions: to re-fuel, to have something to give. Hence, more meditation, focused integrity about my food choices, and simple pauses for myself - the self that doesn't want to be uber productive all the time, but wants to stand under the stunning yellow trees looking up, caught in the profound wonder of life.
5. I may have had only 4 things to say.
6. I love you, whoever you are. You are beautiful.
I am being lazy, and don't want to find a poem for this post. Maybe you have one that fits perfectly? If so, please email it! firstname.lastname@example.org.
In sunlight, in grace,