The teacher asked us to find an intention, something that spoke to us now. My mind was a blank, so I just continued with the poses and figured something would come to me.
In the middle of Proud Warrior, which takes a lot of concentration for me to get the arms, legs, stomach, head & neck right, it came to me that my life is about FRIENDSHIP. Rather apropos. For me, proud warrior is a very feminine pose. And most of my friends are women.
Last January spending 4 months in California was really mostly about being near my friends. Yes, the weather was milder than New England. Yes, it was fun to see if I could find a place to live where I didn't need a car. And yes, I got to see my family (and go to Disneyland) more than when I am home. But mostly it was about being with friends and feeling valued by them.
And during yoga class I was reminded that I am not alone. Sometimes my life here in New England feels a little lonely. And it's not like I don't love to spend time by myself. It's just hardly anyone calls me up to do lunch, and that's always been a hallmark of friendship for me. Still I have an amazing group of women & men I have known a long time -- one since we were 5 years old, many from junior high & high school and a few from my just after-college years in Boston. And if they can't call me up to do lunch, then maybe it's time for me to reach out to them on a more regular basis. Hence the beginnings of "Monday Musings." A way to reach out. And given the way my thoughts expand when I do yoga, I'm sure lots of things will occur to me to muse about.
Feel free to leave a comment. I do love making new friends!