2 Jan 2015 – A trip into town…as Elsa. Day 16 – Learning to sew. Day 17 – Fog on the Long Walk Day 18 – On the way to Great Ormond Street Hospital, we stopped in Hamleys on Oxford Street. Day 19 – Homeopathic Remedies…a big part of Phoebe’s healing journey. Day 20 – Jumping on the bed before school Day 21 – It’s a dog’s life…
Day 9: Sometimes she does things that melt my heart. Day 10 – a walk with a friend. Day 11. Elsa makes art. Day 12…it was a week of walks. This time with another friend. And the dog! Day 13…ahh a frosty, foggy morning. We dashed out to be in it. Day 14 – Learning to play Othello…a childhood favourite of mine.
This week’s classes have all been on the theme of finding centre. Yes, that means finding and then moving from our core. Exactly what we need to hold poses like plank and Navasana (boat). Even as we do something as everyday as stand in Tadasana (mountain), that strong centre connection simultaneously grounds us and lifts us.
But what if at our centre we are strong but tight? You know…that feeling of grasping and gripping at something we desperately want but can’t quite seem to get? And the more we grasp, the harder it is to do. What if, instead of grasping, we were to allow? To soften our hold? To find ease even in the midst of a pose that challenges us? (Think forearm plank for…oh…10 breaths!)
Patanjali’s sutra 2.46 says, ‘Sthira sukham asanam.’ Or loosely translated: Practicing yoga with strength and in a relaxed manner gives rise to harmony with the physical body.
What if we were to soften and look for ease and relaxation even when our lives challenge us beyond all imagination?
I have one of those situations going on in my life at the moment. From the very beginning, I have been strong and determined. This week, I am changing my perception and my approach. I am looking for ease and relaxation in this situation. I’m not letting go of my strength…I will carry on. Just in a different way. Let’s see what happens.
In the meantime…enjoy your practice. Namaste….
A new year. A new start. Or rather, a re-start…For a few years now, I have wanted to complete a 365 project. One photo every day for one year. This sounds easy: Have camera. Pick it up. Click.
But any photographer who has tried this knows that LIFE just GETS IN THE WAY. I’ve tried a 365 before. I’ve also tried a 52 week project. And both times, I had to stop to deal with the demands of my business and motherhood.
This year, I’m trying again. But on my terms. Firstly (and most importantly) my daughter has signed up with me. SHE wants to do it with me. She wants to help me remember to take our photo before the daylight gives way to darkness. And sometimes, she will dictate the subject (watch for photos of stuffed animals…I know they will be coming!) Secondly, I will not be posting every day. It was the download-and-post process that killed this project the first time. Instead, I’ll post here weekly with a set photos from that week.
Without much further ado….here we go. Our 365. Beginning 19 December 2014.
In the meantime, as the days being their tumble into January, I will be approaching my yoga practice (and my life) with the intention of ease.
Working hard, for me, is not a problem. Profound effort does not scare me. But as Patanjali says, the physical practice of yoga should be a combination of effort or steadiness (sthira) and ease or joy (sukham).
When the postures are difficult, can we remain soft? Can we remain connected to our breath? Can we pull back….just a little…and listen, really listen to what it is our body is saying to us?
And in life, when things get hard…when we are tired, or challenged…can we stay connected to ourselves? When we meet resistance, can we stay grounded? And even in the midst of sadness, can we find moments of joy?
In 2015, this is my practice. At least, part of it….
What is yours?
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Today, the very last day of five. Tomorrow moving to a two-handed age. How time goes by in a blink. Here she is: cheeky, loving, exuberant, thoughtful, imaginative, curious…and utterly gorgeous (says a very biased mum…)
Playing mum and baby at home (I got to be the ‘sister’.)
Delivering invitations to her party:
Conker gathering on the Long Walk.
The start of her snuggle-tooth grin. Already 3 big-girl teeth and a 4th baby one loose…
End of a lovely walk home…
Not because I get…for a small part of my day…to walk around with my camera. But because I get to be close to people and their dreams.
I’m there in those first days of a baby’s life. I’ve been present when a child first sits on its own. I see couples and families together in their love for each other…in so many different stages and ages of life.
This month, I’ve also been lucky to create portraits for people who hope to become models. This doesn’t change how I look to capture a portrait, it only changes the parameter (i.e.…headshot, full body, etc..)
And so…modelling session number 1…best of luck to you C. You’ll be awesome!