"I woke up this morning feeling under the weather. Grey skies, rain...it felt heavy. I was feeling frustration, and something else, sadness maybe? I felt a kind of bewilderment leftover from yesterday. Nothing stays the same. Impermanence.
But then what to do on my yoga mat this morning? I just stepped into my practice. Nothing I've been doing felt appealing or appropriate. I've been feeling my way into lovely backbending, upper body opening postures. Today...I didn't even want to stand up. All I wanted was to fold forward and to have something catch me. So I dragged my meditation cushion over so my forhead could rest against its softness. It's not one of those sort of firm cushions. It's filled with buckwheat hulls that get more mushy and pliable over time. I did forward bends, soft, easy forward bends. I soothed and supported. It was short. It was not effortful in anyway. I was not fixing. I just gave in to what was arising in my attention. Sometimes I say in class, that doing a mild supported backbend can be nice if you're feeling blue. True. But sometimes it's nice to just cradle and care for yourself, not wallowing, just being with things. Letting them clarify if they want to...or not.
Then I just sat a few minutes with some pranayama and meditation with the sound of the rain...and Samputa mudra said to remind us of the treasures we have within. And for today...that was enough." - March 22, 2010