“They do not tell you of this space,
this half-emptiness that comes when you
cartwheel over what you said
you could not do,”
Winter is holding firm here in the Pacific Northwest. Snow days call for clipping into boots and skis, and carving some turns. I love how the light on days like these has a certain glimmer and shine to it. The air so fresh crisp it almost snaps. For me winter is two parts staying snug inside, and one part getting outside to walk in snow that scrunches with each step. The key is to dress for it. 😉
“they do not tell you
it sounds like drumbeats,
that you will love the rhythm
of the new song it plays.”
If it’s raining, put on a slicker and boots, and dance through the raindrops. If falling snow drapes the world in the sound of silence–listen to its depths.
“This is the why,
of why we go,
this is the point to all of this,
the silencing of the doubters
that live loudest in our own chests,
the deaf ear we turn to fear
when we know we must go,
that wild calls,
and we must answer.”
–Tyler Knott Gregson
Behind every storm cloud the sun still shines. Be kind to yourself, and move your body. Challenge yourself, and keep setting goals. No matter how old (learning new things can make older adults’ brains 30 years younger in just 6 weeks), or young you are. And finally, be brave. Face everything and rise (aka FEAR).
In closing, this month in class, we are contemplating Svadhyaya — actively studying, meditating, and moving toward Self. What is the nature of reality (aka the sky behind the clouds)? What stories (stormy weather) does the mind create? Join me every Tuesday and Wednesday (schedule & links) for a little exploration.
And finally, please find my latest Exercise Video of the Month–Tricep Extension (aka strengthening for your upper arms) here.