Three days of solitude over the weekend was heaven.
There was nowhere to go, no reason to do and no commitments to anyone.
I made sure that my children and partner knew I’d be uncontactable. They were generous in complying.
It took 2 full days before my mind settled and the quiet descended. Watching this evolve (or devolve) was fascinating.
I did a little yoga, a few hours of sitting, drank a lot of water and fresh juice, ate kitchiri, finished planting out veggies in my garden, went for a hike in the mountains, and just allowed peace to come about of its own accord. No formal practice was necessary. Unwinding happened by simply not HAVING to DO anything, except what I felt like in the moment.
By sheer coincidence (if there is such a thing) I came across a book in the local library on Saturday, ‘The Power of No’ by Claudia and James. Having followed Claudia’s yoga blog for many years, I felt as if I knew her! The book is written with great wit and wisdom.
It described what I was attempting to do (or not do) over the weekend – saying no to over-burdensome commitments, taking a break from the frenzy, carving out time to myself, prioritising what is most important in my life (simplicity and purity) and nourishing my spirit to regain balance and equilibrium.
The book is simply a memory jog, but its written with endearingly odd humour that makes it hard to put down.
I got up at 6am this morning to do a yoga practice before starting work. After 5 minutes my body rebelled. Movement in the early hours (before coffee) is a shock. This aging body, starved of yoga, is stiff and unforgiving after the overnight confinement of bed. But I’m chipping away at the hard bits.
I've noticed my body goes from one extreme to another...some days it is light strong and flexible, other days it's as stubborn and stiff as a board.
Getting out of bed is often physically and mentally painful, but most days, this passes quickly.
Ageing gracefully will take some practice!
So I took the opportunity to practice this evening instead, and it was one full hour of joy: The 10 surya namaskars, all the standing poses, a 15 minute interruption (phone call from my daughter), then fast forward to all the finishing inversions from Shoulderstand to Uth Pluthi with long stays in each.