Sunday, October 21, 2012

Elusive Creative Genius

Every now and then I watch one of the TED talk videos, and this one on the elusive creative genius really caught me.  Watch and enjoy, it is worth the time; she is one clever lady!
"Ole!’ to you, just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up.” (Elizabeth Gilbert)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Bondi Badass Bunnies Update

The bunnies in Bondi that I had blogged about a few months ago had been on a bit of a hiatus, but just before I left Sydney, a whole new litter popped up near my house.  Many new characters, but my personal favorites are be the pirate and the superhero.  I have heard through some comments on my other post that these little guys have a name: Fuuki!  If anyone happens to be interested, look up Fuuki on Facebook and you will find out all about them. 
Too bad I am not in Bondi now to see if they are still multiplying!  I can't imagine Fuuki turning up in Mysore!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Here we go again...

I woke up about 45 minutes before my alarm went off this morning, my eyes snapping open after a fairly restless night, because today I need to attend my first led intermediate series class of the season, and there are many many butterflies fluttering around in my belly.  The intermediate class is nothing new for me, I have been in there the last two trips, but something about it still scares the bejeebers out of me, and there is really no rational reason why that would be.  When I was first here, I remember seeing some of the intermediate and advanced students practicing as I was sitting in the lobby, waiting to here Sharath's 'one more!', and thinking that there was something pretty incredible about these superhuman feats that they were pulling off on a daily basis.  Some of the postures looked truly impossible, and the calm with which they were completed was even more incredible.  These were the big kids, so to speak, and I was one of the little kids, and it didn't cross my mind that I would one day be doing some of those superhero moves too.  The thing is, I get the feeling like I am still one of the little kids, in the room with the big kids.  What does it take to be one of the big kids?  Something tells me it is, more than anything, time.   So I will go, sit on the steps with a ball of nervous tension in my belly, edge my way in to the shala when the primary class is finished, and when Sharath calls us through the vinyasas, I will breathe.  Inhale, exhale.  Somewhere during the surya namaskara, I will relax, but next week, more fear will come.  A samskara to work on, me thinks.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Back in Mysore!

Back in Mysore yet again, and it feels fantastic to be here.  I have spent the last two days in a bit of a sleep deprived daze, running around and catching up with some old friends and trying to get settled in, but what made me really feel like I am truly HERE was the first practice in the shala.  My start time is 6 AM, which feels neither early or late, and just being back in the space, among all that energy, is pretty incredible.  I cruised through primary today in a state of complete happiness, and get two more days of easing in before I get thrown in to the led intermediate class on Sunday.  I am a bit nervous just thinking about it, only because I know just how hard it will be.  Rumor has it that the intermediate group is much smaller this year, which means there will be less room to hide.  Yikes!

Mysore (or at least Gokulam, haven't ventured into the city yet) remains much the same, granted I was only here six months ago, so there hasn't been a lot of time for changes to take place.  The coconut stand is still in it's place, the chai is still sweet enough to make you wonder if diabetes can happen in a single cup of tea, the rickshaw drivers all still hang out on the same corner hoping for business, the cows still wander the streets.  I am looking forward to going for a wander with my camera and catching some of the beauty that surrounds me. 
More updates soon...