Home from work today, still wearing pajamas. Woke with sore throat and nose/sinus congestion, and a little muscle ache. Low energy. Decided to call in sick at work.
Before sitting, I did one surya namaskar A. Sat in half-Lotus, ardha padmasana, switching the leg on top about halfway through. Sensations of tightness and achiness moving between foreground and background and out of awareness.
Yoga prepares you for sitting. Most new people who come to yoga need to build strength and flexibility even to sit unsupported for a couple of minutes. They’re used to sitting in chairs and supporting their backs. Sitting on an exercise ball builds strength quickly.
I am exploring sitting positions, building strength and awareness. This will serve my practice in the long haul. This is my practice.
Today I felt joy when I realized that my mind is free during meditation: free to notice what beckons my attention, free to open up and just let it all in, free to focus awareness on my center.
I felt aware of being just a beginner. The waves of breath were solid and comforting.