Day 8. I'm still here!
A lot of people in this group are involved in the yoga world, Ive observed. Yoga is quite an interesting and wonderful thing. I came to know yoga late in life, only about four years ago. I've seen quite an array of variation and inequality in it. I always assumed yoga was yoga. How wrong that assumption would be! As in everything, there are great and horrible yoga classes/instructors...and everything in between. I'm lucky to have found one that is so right for me. Sometimes when there is a sub or I attend a different class, this is reaffirmed. I think one of the (many) reasons I love it so much is the mental part, the way my brain will work and connecting the thoughts to the body.
Someone wrote (amazingly) today about body image and loving their body. I really love that because for years I didn't love my body. (Who did?? no one did!) Females in our culture are forever having controversy, dialog and disgust especially with all the comparison and competition, self-enforced naturally, and although I never suffered through eating disorders, many of the people I knew did.
I was just quite dissatisfied with my self. Fast forward to now. Today I am so happy to HAVE a body that works. for the most part. (now see- why did I add "for the most part"?) It works! It fucking works wonderfully.
Coming to know yoga really has helped me accept and appreciate what I have here under this head. I could lament the fact that it took me sooooooo long and I 'wasted' years loathing how I 'looked' or my inflexibility but that's a bit of wasted time. So instead I am grateful. Really grateful that today I appreciate what this not-perfect-by-any- commercial- standard body can do.
Today it is so windy, more than normal-windy. This wind is a force! I'm distracted by hearing the porch door being blown open and slamming. It's a hassle to try and walk in it, even. It tried to blow my little car out of my lane this morning! But it's sunny!
I'm reminded of how much stronger nature is than us. Isn't it fascinating how our minds work? ^That bit about today's weather just thrown in with a post about life changing yoga. It's all connected, though. That's another thing I like about what yoga gives to me. Everything is sort of linked. The weather around us, our past, our present, our future, this group of writers, the coffee that's delicious, the cat acting weird (is it the wind??), the friendships, the funny stuff, the fact that I bought oreos today, the art I need to complete....and on and on and on. It is all part of the same thing! What a world. x #500wordsaday