What are you beginning right now?
What a great time to ask me this question. Here at the high point of Spring, when school days are falling faster through the hourglass of time and the days are growing ever longer, here is where I begin to feel the urge to renew. Suddenly I want a new routine, newly washed windows, new veggies in the pantry and new clothes in my wardrobe. Because I tend toward excess in nearly every aspect of my life, I have to be careful not to begin too many things at once only to flop hard on my face when I am suddenly overwhelmed with all the new requirements I have imposed on myself.
So, I have been considering this prompt and wondering where I most need to begin. What one baby step can I afford to take right now that would benefit my life and scratch the itch of wanting everything renewed?
The answer bubbles up quite easily. Yoga. I began practicing yoga years and years ago. It was a natural choice for me. I am drawn to anything gentle, contemplative and beautiful. I practiced so much before I had children that I can still recall that amazing feeling of touching my forehead to my shins in forward bend. I also recall lying on my back in pre-natal yoga, suddenly paralyzed with sciatic pain as tears slid from the corners of my eyes to puddle in my hair. Two years ago I began attending yoga regularly at my gym and rediscovered how much I love the quiet power of strengthening my body. Unfortunately, I loved it so much I seriously injured my elbow and had to stop to heal. It has been almost five months since I last practiced and I am ready to begin, again.
My brand new emerald green extra cushy mat is already in the car. The class begins at 12:30 today. How fitting that the class is called "Beginner Yoga." As out of shape as I am it feels like a safe re-entry point. And I must admit, I can't wait. So, like those little green ferns above, gently unfurling into their new life, I will go gently back into yoga and unfurl into my own quiet strength.