Monday, November 30, 2009
I'm going to make a plan for tomorrow.
Up at 10 to 6...........
We (M, C, and me) had lunch afterwards in an Indian restaurant. It's 3:30 p.m. now. It seemed to be a long lunch. I need this, too, to meet friends and to chat a bit.
Tomorrow I will practice alone without the energy of my yoginis around me and without the support of M.. Mysore class and home practice complement each other.
What to do now? I don't know........
Picture: Munich in the morning.
took shower, I walked around, I had a little breakfast already. All these activities wake my body up and I feel already more flexible than an hour ago. That makes me optimistic. Perhaps my yoga practice will be not that awfully painful, but perhaps average? I shall see.
At 9 I'll have a Mysore class (second series). I'm looking forward to it, even though I know it will be painful and I will be stiff. I felt both already when I walked around here. My practices in Dubai were not so intensive as I wished they were and I had some extra moon days. But now I'm back. (Break: I need another cup of coffee.) (Coffee is in preparation.) I will focus on the breath today. This helps to stand the stretching pain. I know that it is also helpful not to have expectations. With this in mind I will have fun and an enjoyable practice.
And afterwards C and I will have lunch together: She was in Sri Lanka, me in Dubai, there is a lot to talk about.
- 2 hours I want to work on my book
PS: I do not publish comments anymore with links to a website that sells things. For a while anonymous post are no more allowed, too. I'm fed up with comments that lead to websites that offer Russian girls and Viagra. This is perhaps part of the game that spam is coming in. It was simply too much lately.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
(Blogger removed the spelling check in the new version. They must learn to understand their bloggers. Damned. Many write in English as their second language and also the rest of the world needs it. I don't want to switch to the old version each and every time I want to publish anything. At least the spelling should be correct.)
Also dreaming of a bright future or worrying about the future or thinking of the past happens now and not tomorrow or yesterday. And these sort of thinking (dreaming) will always happen. Ramesh Balsekar distinguishes between the thinking mind and the working mind. But whatever the mind does it is in the now.
It's nothing else but judging when authors recommend to focus only on what the senses feel, see, hear, taste, smell now. Why not think about my grandma from time to time. She passed away a few years ago. To think of my grandma also happens in the here and now.
To be mindful is really an exercise that can enrich life (like yoga or meditation), but it has nothing to do with learning to be in the now, because nothing else exists. (To exercise to be in the here and now (nothing else is possible) is insofar not possible. To exercise to be mindful has nothing to do with enlightenment. Enlightenment is the understanding that we are not the doer, that life happens.)
So, no worrying is necessary. Interesting is the relation between thinking mind and working mind. Only dreaming might mean that one avoids to live. But also this happens in the here and now.
Only now exist. We cannot be not in the here and now. But we can dream now, or work now and it would be good if I stepped on my mat now to do yoga. And wishing this also happens now. Nothing else is possible but being in the here and now.
(This might be a slight difference, but it is a difference in seeing things.)
It's nice to be at home again.
There is still one month left in 2009. This is something. I'm reminded of some soccer games. Sometimes in the last minute a team scores a goal, which can change the result. My book must be written. Now I have the time. One month is a long time there is time to do something prolific.
My yoga week starts on Sunday, this is today. I will do primary. I will focus on jumping backwards and forwards. Yesterday I read in the book by Gregor Maehle. In order to learn this vinyasa he recommends to do lolasana first and to hold it. The next step is to swing gently forwards and backwards. This is what I will try today.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
I'm back in my villa motley. Yoga is on my mind. I just watched a few asanas practiced by Sharath. I shouldn't be so severe with myself, I thought. Perfection does not exist.
My movies that I made in Dubai shocked me, but I'm learning through them. One thing I've already changed. To go into upward facing dog is also a slow even movement. Most people go too fast into this pose.
I want to focus on the vinyasas. This shall be my focus for the next week. This implies exercising jumping through (forward and backward), but it also means the correct counting. Enough.
Friday, November 27, 2009
And in the evening we have booked a trip to the desert with dinner and belly dance.
On Saturday early in the morning we'll fly back to Germany..........
But I'm still in Dubai and I will soon enjoy this most delicious breakfast downstairs.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Lately I realized that my feet are too far apart when they are supposed to be hip width apart. This is the case in downdog. Hip width apart is not a huge distance usually. This is something I change.
Time to go to the deck chair (with my yoga mat).
My impression so far from the Emirates: Outside the big cities is desert. It's interesting, but not so amazing. Amazing is what people have made out of such a place. The highrises in Dubai are so unique, so beautiful, shiny, symbolic.
People from all over the world live here, most of them love the international atmosphere. Only 20% of the inhabitants are locals. 20 % are from other Arabic countries, the rest of the people comes from elsewhere. Our guide was from Maroc.
It was funny, as soon as E and I were on the bus, we started sleeping again. We must have been tired. I am amazed how many pictures I made despite this fact. But from time to time we left the bus to take some pictures. On the bus again, I slept again. :)
Dubai is a country with no poverty and no unemployment I learned yesterday. It's amazing to see what people have made out of a desert like above.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
It's my moon day today. No yoga, just exploring this beautiful luxury country here is on the schedule.
Yesterday in the shuttle to the boat we talked with a couple from Florida. The man has been living here in Dubai for 4 years already and he meant that the Arabic women who are dressed in black from head to toe, so that one can see only the eyes are not always doing this for religious reason, but to protect the skin. It's tradition from the time when they used to live in the desert. However. I prefer clothes à la Western style.
Oh, E is up, too. Then we'll have breakfast on time......