I know, ME with the yoga ALREADY. For someone who had never tried it eighteen months ago, I'm kind of a pain in the ass about it, right? "Oh, I can't, I have yoga." "Oh, I'm sorry I'm wearing tights and a very visible bra at a bar, I just came from yoga." "In yoga today we peaked with baby caterpillar and my hip did this thing ..." ... etc. BUT (c'mon, you knew this was going somewhere yoga positive).
There's two things that have come up recently that are both like duh and also like woooooaaah.
The first is more of both duh and woah, and came from one of the teachers I see at least once a week and love as a teacher but am sort of overwhelmed by as a person.
- You don't have to be the person you were ten years ago, ten months ago, ten days ago, or even ten minutes ago. -
Yes, duh. You don't. But also, like, lean into that a little bit? Think if it were genuinely true. If you could be honest about how you change from moment to moment, and everyone around you would roll with it because they'd be doing it too. Am I overstating this? Am I the only one who spends a fair amount of my time doing my next thing because it's my Emma thing, that everyone knows I will do? I'm not talking about going to work - I can't *not* go to work, but more like ... I don't even know. Like, I don't like it when strangers touch me, so I don't really get massages or manicures and stuff. What if that's not even true anymore, because it's been so long since I tried and everyone knows I don't do it? (I don't want to try, because ... I don't like it when strangers touch me.) What if I don't want to be a dog person anymore? (I DO.) You get the point, though. (If there is a point in here.)
The second is just a goofy thing that never occurred to me. When I was at a yoga retreat a little more than a month ago in Moab, it happened to be during the full moon. The instructor said something along the lines of never understanding why people use New Years to check in and course correct, when there's a new moon and a full moon every .97 months.
!!! (This is not three exclamation point information but I don't care, I really like it.)
I just find that very personally satisfying, the idea that you do what you can for ~four weeks, check in, see how it's going, set new goals, and just keep it going. There will be many many fewer sweeping resolutions, this way, but maybe a higher overall status.
Or I'll quit things a lot faster knowing I can pick them up again at the next full moon. But, you know, having a positive attitude is one of the things I'm working on this moon cycle. Also running and going to yoga when I say I will (so far: check), not putting off chores (check), and not crying in traffic (we all have stretch goals).
Learn something new every day, etc etc. I love yoga. And you guys, of course.