These are my feet as prepared by Marcy for my workshop with Erich Schiffmann this past weekend. I am thinking that the temporary tattoo of heart with wings will some day soon have to become a permanent thing, but I am a bit of a 'fraidy cat, never having gotten a tattoo...much less some place so tender. (And yes, that is a small heart on my right big toe...not a scary mole.)
The workshop itself was packed with stuff that I am still...unpacking.
But there are some Big Things that happened for me surrounding the workshop. Sorta like Meta-Workshop lessons.
In no particular order:
- I hate to travel but I stayed really calm and centered, dare I say, relaxed? Marcy had gotten me some Agatha Christie on CD and this sustained me even when it was raining so hard that it was like Winter time whiteout conditions.
- I do not like going places I have never been, but this time, I just did it. And I was sorta responsible for another person. A friend from Erie followed me in her car (as I was headed to my sister's house after the workshop and not going directly home), and I pretty much mapped out (literally and metaphorically) our whole weekend.
- BIGGEST DEAL OF ALL? I was completely off the computer for FOUR DAYS. Now, that may not seem like a big deal, but remember, I am a Geek and the Internet is my Israel (to quote Sarah Vowell). Not only did I stay off the computer when I had a chance to be on it, but I did not even think about getting on...Or I thought about it for a brief second and then thought, NAH...ICK!
I am still also processing some thoughts that came out of what Erich was talking about:
- Oh, right, I thought part way through the second day, you can totally dedicate yourself to, immerse yourself in the Thing You Love More than Anything Else and then just do your work and allow whatever is going to happen to happen. This may seem elementary but it is rather Huge. I get lost...frequently...in thinking that the things I love are just not "enough" and so I end up saying Yes when I should say No and vice versa.
- If yoga is about realizing we are already yoked because the Infinite and the current "eruption" (Erich's word) that is Us in the Finite are one and the same, then what is all the freaking fuss about Types of Yoga and the Rights and the Wrongs? Do your own and zip it! If this is the true nature of yoga, then unless you are talking specifically about asana when you say "yoga," the external can be different for every single person. My "main yoga" is dance. It unites me/yokes me with who I really am.
It's all about Intent, people.
- Erich also spoke of meditation not being "mental flat lining." Which a lot of people think it is, and I wonder about the point of that... Schiffmann believes the ultimate point of meditation should be listening, opening up to the larger consciousness. I agree, but I would take it a step further and say that it doesn't have to look the same for everyone. I meditate within movement.
I'm still thinking about all of this and know that I am not articulating what is in my mind and heart the way that it needs to be articulated.