Friday, August 22, 2008

A flower stand

And what has this picture to do with yoga? Nothing.
I am only enjoying my senses. Even though I get used to the beauty of this country.
Focus on yoga becomes easier. Tomorrow I won't miss the led class at 7:30. :)


joy suzanne said...

Lovely pics, Ursula!

Glad you did your self-practice today and that it didn't disappoint. Have a good lunch..

Marie said...

Good morning, Ursula,

Thinking about flexibility (physical and emotional) and enjoying the senses, I’ve a bit of an essay today –

I’ve often been feeling sad lately. Because of that I find myself imagining that many others are sad also. I catch myself constructing horrible, grim lives for people, imagining that because I struggle, so do they. But that’s not fair.

I don’t really know what any other person is feeling or experiencing. I can’t create an accurate assumption, and I also don’t really know even if I am there, actually witnessing their experiences. Heck, I don’t even know my OWN experiences a good part of the time.

I guess what I’m saying is this. Our perceptions of events make them what they are. Lately, I allow myself to choose to see life through a negative lens. It is doom and gloom and struggle – and then that is what I feel.

But that is by choice.

That elevates struggle and suffering and pain into something that deserves a lot of my attention – a demon that I am so busy fighting that I am only strengthening its horrific aspects.

I could choose differently. I often think of you, Ursula, and your consistent ability to see it all as important but also as a show or a game. Something a little fun, a little entertaining.

This morning, I woke up as typical –sleepy, sluggish, a little depressed about what difficulties I might endure before this day ends. Before I even began, I was setting myself up to be unhappy, making sure of it. But I don’t want to be unhappy any more. I just don’t.

So as I lay loosely on my bed, body open, concentrating on bringing in Prana and starting my day with some energy, I made a decision. I can just as easily be happy. I can see this day – no, this whole life – as exciting and involving and engaging and promising. I can cherish my memories as being so fulfilling and look forward to whatever drama life will bring my way next. It is a feast of experiences, a palette of emotions. I, for one, intend to be aware of it, enjoy it, and welcome it.

This is what I was trying to say. Much less attention to the negative energy and much more reinforcement of the positive.

If we are all going to be connected (and we are) then it is the least we could do for ourselves and each other.

My appreciation and good wishes to all who took the time to read this, and to you, U, with your wonderful blog that is one proof of the connection between us all, despite languages, cultures, and distances.


Ursula said...

Hi joy suzanne,

It was good that I practiced. It completed my day. :)
Oh, you like my pics. :)

Hi Marie,

Do not be sad too often. Feelings are also habits.
Perhaps something to cheer you up. My flight to San Diego is booked. Perhaps we can meet there or between your home and San Diego. We will have a rental car.

Have a good time. Do something really good for you. You deserve it.

All the best