“Fright never injures anyone. What injures the spirit is having someone always on your back, beating you, telling you what to do and what not to do.”
Carlos Castaneda

Journey to Ixtlan

Playing with Fire

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Yesterday, for the first time in a long time, I did an asana (physical) yoga practice at night instead of in the morning. I was reminded, again, of how different my body is in the morning and at the end of a day – it is more supple, more responsive, softer, extended, light. These are qualities I can hope to experience at the end of a morning practice. Yesterday this was the starting point.

This opened the door for a high intensity practice using breath and body. I gladly walked in and relished in a flowing practice. I was able to effectively intensify the practice and bring it to an intended peak posture in which I was also able to travel further then I usually do. I got the fire to burn high and steady. However I did not do enough to let the system settle again (some pranayama breathing practices and meditation would have done the trick) . The result was a sleepless night. I tried going to sleep in bed but that didn’t work. I was eventually to fall into rest watching a movie.

This morning my gums bled intensely when I brushed my teeth, this is another sign in my body I have learned to recognize of an out-of-balance system (maybe it has something to do with blood pressure?). I am very alert, borderline edgy. I couldn’t sit too long on the porch with the morning coffee, I preferred to sit down to work.

Andreea said that this night was also a new moon, that it may have affected us as well, she too had a restless night. Even our cat had a difficult night – she was chased around by some of the neighborhood dogs. Experiencing the world with these perceptions and perspectives brings into it mystical and magical qualities – it’s fun to live this way.

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