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What Are We Seeking?

4 Days and Yoga

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Thursday

I had a short morning practice – standing sequence with mostly forward bends. I Spent the day working on finishing touches on YogaStudies. In the evening I did a second practice. It was one of those rare practices – preparing for and practicing maha-mudhra and then a quality pranayma practice. These are the words I wrote down after the practice

“Liquid electricity, peaceful vitality, physical surrender”

Later I completed the launch sequence for YogaStudies.

Friday

I woke up very early at 3am and sleep was lost on me. Enjoyed a few hours of writing. I then did a complete morning practice – felt rejuvenated. By midday I was starting to feel lost and agitated. My appetite was off and everything seemed to shift in unexpected ways. At around 21:00 we left to see a musical show (we rarely go out – this was an opportunity as a friend of mine is in the show and they came to perform not far from where we live). We got back home just pas 01:00 am – I had been up for 22 hours.

Saturday

Woke up in the early morning hours for an excuciatingly long pee. Went back to bed and managed to find rest until just past 09:00 am. The day went by pleasantly enough – though not very focused – no inclination or energy for practice.

Sunday (today)

Woke up around my usual hour ~ 06:00am. Went to practice, despite feeling heavy, but heaviness took over. I did a short standing sequence then decided to gift my body with a nice Savasana followed by a meditative journey throughout the body. There’s something happening in the left side of my body. I could sense and connect breath to most places of my body. Yet I couldn’t connect with the left side of my lower back – it felt like a black hole from which sensation cannot escape. There is also a tightness in my left shoulder – but not as “dark” as the lower back area.

I Got up feeling slightly refreshed … looking forward to seeing what the day may bring 🙂

Observation

I have a consistent and simple life routine. A Quality practice is one of the most rewarding experiences available to me. When I deviate from my simple routine I get lost – my energy dissipates, I feel heavy and need to wait patiently for it to settle and reassimilate.

Sometimes I think I have a limited experience of life – but most of the time I am greatful for the subtle qualities & richness I have learned to experience and appreciate. There are very few things outside of my intimate bubble that afford me the experience of a Quality practice – so I tend to stay inside my intimate bubble.

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