30 days: day 6

Jan 8, 2011 by     No Comments    Posted under: Blog

I feel that I’m moving at half-pace this morning, after yoga and a longer-than-usual Savasana – well it’s the weekend. Even if my mind was scuttling along (and it isn’t), I get the impression that nothing will move my body any faster than it wants to move. and that’s a very nice feeling.

So this is the first day that I get to stay home after yoga, which means that there’s nothing to catch me up or grab my attention – compared to workdays when I rush off to catch a train, and talk with other commuters on the platform etc.

This feels an altogether better experience – this is starting the day slowly, which has been one of my intentions for a while: start slower and more gently than usual simply because I have extra time to do so. Lovely.

This week has been challenging – up earlier than I like so that I can fit in this new practice – in theory that’s fine because I’ve been going to bed earlier; in reality it’s been a struggle. Combined with giving up caffeine, I’ve been tiring noticeably late morning. I’ve been approaching it as a “change in energy”, rather than “getting tired”, but the change does carry a weight with it, and an urge to close my eyes at my desk…

Even so, I have felt clearer in my body than I have for a while. And clearer means softer, more aware of breath patterns and posture, etc. And I’ve noticed that my coaching approach is nearer the surface than it has been in the past. For example, a colleague was struggling with a particularly tricky bit of code that he doesn’t really know where to start on, and I found that my support for him was focusing on his hopes and fears, rather than the code itself; I was asking who he needed to be in order to step up to the task, rather than getting bogged down in the code with him. That’s what I mean by clear, I guess.

This yoga stuff is interesting – there are so many images of people in strange contortions, and yet on the beginners’ 30 days, we’re moving gently from cow to cat to child (or is it cat to cow to child), and that’s it: just a slight stretch of the back and then flopping over. Why then is the effect so powerful? That’s not a rhetorical question – comments are welcome.

I wonder how you others are doing on the course. I’m a twitter fan, and I’ve noticed a cyber-meditation group using the hashtag #omcru to invite each other around the world to sit together for a few minutes. It’s a brilliant idea – people around the world sitting together. And now, I’m part of a hashtag too! It feels less like us all practising together, and more like one at a time, passing the baton around, so the connection is still there – the sense that I’m part of something much bigger than just me folding myself up downstairs in the sitting room.

And when I pass the baton, namaste.

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