Last night, I completed the 108 day challenge. This quest for daily yoga and meditation has been a transformative process for me and I’ve learned a lot — about yoga and about myself. With each class, be it meditation, power, hot tapas, vinyasa or, more recently, vin and restorative, I’ve learned a little something. Perhaps it was as big as gaining access to a new pose, or as small as learning the best time to roll out my towel to avoid the slip ‘n slide effect. Big or small, it all adds up to 108 lessons learned.
Way back we first learned of my late husband, Tom’s cancer and eminent death, Mr Good Neighbor offered to fertilize our roses. It was an act of kindness which falls into the priceless category. In those initial months after he died, watching my roses bloom was one of the few things that truly would make me happy.
Thankfully, I am now blessed with so many reasons to smile. Thanks to Mr Good Neighbor, watching my roses bloom is still one of them.
By definition, “celere” means quick, fast, swift. Indeed, she is all that. But she is so much more.
To her owner she is a treasure to behold. He keeps her spotless and dust-free inside and out — for she is his pride and joy.
Perhaps a few of us have one, or even more, of these treasured items. We keep them in a safe place, perhaps take them out and polish them up now and again, and, on occasion, slip into them. Maybe we just sit a while and bask in their beauty — or maybe we take them out for an “Italian Tune Up.”
Weeks ago, I laughed when she included in the rules that no more than 2 classes per day would be allowed for the 60-day Challenge. Yes. I laughed because, at the time, getting to the yoga studio every day seemed nearly impossible. But I signed up for the challenge anyhow.
She explained that taking more than 2 classes in one day would be “obsessive.” That was the word she used, and I laughed out loud at the absurdity of it. But now, as I carefully examine the schedule trying to find the fastest possible way to finish off my 60 classes, I don’t think it is obsessive at all.
The thing I have loved most about my daily photo project is how it forced me to open my eyes, encouraged me to see things in a different way, and basically helped me to appreciate the world around me. Being grateful for this life, this day that we have been given, is so important. And even though I have always had a tendency towards seeing the world in a positive light, I sometime forget.
Having gone through the challenges of the past many years has taught me to not only see the positive but be thankful for it as well. Life is short. All too often, life is too short. It’s too easy to get caught up in all the wrongs. But we get more out of being thankful for ALL that is RIGHT.
Take a look…
Thank you The Man, for sharing this amazing video and this beautiful life. It is good — very good.