Monday, February 2, 2009

Metaphorically Speaking

So it is Monday again and I was thinking of a favorite. I can't really write about my favorite sister, my favorite friend, or my favorite child now can I? I am just kidding, I don't have a favorite of those. I love all of them equally. I do have a favorite yoga dvd that I am liking a lot and that is "Dance the Chakras." My sister, Ellen, sent it to me and I really like doing it. The absolute best part of the practice is when I do shoulder stand and my tummy fat is no longer just sitting there, but actually going up (or down, whatever). This is very motivating and I really like it every time (not really, no). Today I was listening and discovered that apparently what happens on your yoga mat does not stay on your yoga mat. She said, "What happens on your yoga mat becomes a metaphor for your life." Oh, no!!! There are so many things wrong with that. For one, I never, ever, finish the whole dvd! What is that saying about my life? I can tell you it is pretty accurate, but one just doesn't want to be faced with that kind of truth. Another problem is that I rarely even get to yoga at all. Almost every day I think, "I will do yoga first thing in the morning. No, kids are up -- get ready for school. Now I can't because I just ate breakfast. Now I can't because I am wearing jeans. Now I can't because I just ate lunch. Now I can't because I have to pick up kids from school. Now I can't because I have to make dinner. Now I can't because I just ate dinner. Now I can't because I have to get kids in bed. Now I can't because I am too tired!" If that is a metaphor, I don't want the reality. Let's see what else. Oh, half the stuff I cannot even do. I am not flexible enough (too set in my ways?), not strong enough (timid? indecisive?), and generally unbalanced (???). When I do actually get to it, though, I really enjoy it and feel better all day. This morning the baby was climbing all over me and laying his head on my tummy -- I love that. Here is hoping that I can take this metaphor and be the conduit for my soul's expression rather than be the gutter for my incompetence.

Of course I would like to wish everyone a Happy Groundhog's Day! Six more weeks of winter, super! I would hate to be warm.

6 comments:

Melba said...

I totally want to "Dance the Chakras" too! How fun!

Shahara said...

I love baby boy climbing on you. My favorite thing about my extremely wild Miles who is 2, is that he still lays his head on my shoulder. He hugs me often and will let me hold him in a cuddly position for a lengthy period of time. Exception - at church.

Amylouwho said...

OH how I love yoga. I always have a I-can't-because excuse too. Today and a couple of days ago I woke up earlier than usual and thought - I'm going to get up and get on the treadmill. Then JUST as I was going to get dressed, Andrew woke up crying. It's a sign. I shouldn't be trying to work out just yet.

Stacey said...

You are too funny! All of those are very legitimate excuses by the way.

Ellen said...

I'm glad you like that DVD. I loved it too. I especially like the open your heart dance. I never did the whole DVD either, but that's okay, I think Ana is referring to finishing one exercise, as being a metaphor for life, at least that is what I tell myself.

Mary said...

You just tell yourself that!

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