“A warrior, on the other hand, is a hunter. He calculates everything. That’s control. But once his calculations are over he acts. He lets go. That’s abandon.”
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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