I’m coming back to teach this week (excited, nervous!) and as a new mom I hope to streamline some of the immense amounts of work I used to do to prepare for class by focusing on a theme each week. This is both a relief for my brain and time-constraints... and hopefully a way for students to feel connected to the work in a new way.
So here goes....
Today I watched my 3 month old baby girl see my cat, Jack - really see him for the first time. She lay there and just gazed… and felt his fur, and really saw him. How often do we get to stay and see and feel for what something truly is… we take in our perceptions and hurry through them as if they are waste water. Process, strip of everything that appears to taint or discolor, take what is needed, push it through and make room for the next dose of moments. Again and again.
I learn so much from watching my daughter see. I am relearning how to also stay and see as she does. How I can witness something as if for the first time, or essentially see each moment as a new dawn. I can choose to be with each moment or else get lost: thoughts, worries, hopes, fears. Lost.
This week I hope to focus practice on seeing things as they are. No filter. No preconceptions. See as if for the first time. See and stay and be with. We will touch on this in meditation but also incorporate it into how we move and rest in asana. How we breathe. How we interact with our practice.
Hope to see you in class.
ps - a little audio love from a few days I spent with an old friend (also a relatively new mama) in Berlin. she turned me on to this artist... and I just wanted to share. she's been around for a while but she's new to me. hope you enjoy.