This morning Kelly and I began 2014 with a two-hour yoga class with the amazing Susana Laborde-Blaj at my favorite Imagine Yoga Studio. It was a great way to start the year, focused on breath, body, and our intention for what we hope the new year will bring. I began taking yoga classes last January after a surgeon said it was yoga or the knife for my knee. After a few weeks of practice almost all pain was gone and the rest of my aging body even began to feel young again! So I am now a committed yogi, along with my wife and Trevor, who surprisingly has held his own in a few of Susana’s classes.
In years past I always began the new year with a list of goals, detailed out for every month, with the idea that if I did them all life would be good! But after many years of creating lists, checking off boxes, and realizing that I never got to all the goals, I have pretty much done away with goal lists. Not that I think goals are a bad thing, just that I am understanding life through a different lens now. I have replaced the detailed lists (the doing) with more of an overarching intent on how I would like the year to unfold. This year I am making a sincere commitment to deepen my contemplative side (the being), hopefully carving out a night each week to hang out alone at our cabin.
I am the tree, illuminated by the setting sun. Alone, tall, and with many limbs out-stretched in all directions. I see, hear, and feel the wind shake my needles. And I know all is exactly the way it’s supposed to be.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!