Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Quiet Days or The Power of a Good Book

It's a quiet sort-of day, the kind built for blankets and books but so rarely spent that way.  Reality demands action: coffee and traffic and e-mailed responses.  Reality doesn't give a damn how wistful you are or just how much the sky reminds you of a foggy moor or a deserted ruin.  Reality just wants you to function like a responsible adult- that term that declares the death of all childhood wonder.

But today, just by virtue of the fact that reality can take tiny breaks during the weekend, there is quiet.  And there are blankets.  And books.  And a small, cinnamon-colored dog curled up on said blankets.  And a candle which smells of lavender and whose small, constant flame can take your mind to much darker, more dangerous places if you let it wander.

Nipping at the corners of thought are the irksome chores that never really get done for long enough to be called "finished".  Garbage to take out, showers to scrub, the general pick-up of endless items moved out place and needing to be restored to order.  But the words are more powerful and pull you into that soft lullaby where memory and fantasy dilute the vision of sharp, uncaring reality.  

You float away in it, wrapped in the comfort of paper pages under finger and firm canvas bound cardboard in hand.  You follow the long, meandering path of crafted thoughts and deeply felt imaginings.  You let the hazy warmth of the candle cocoon you inside the small room- away from details and tasks and effort.  And you thank god for the quiet.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Celebrate the Small Things- Can you believe it's September already?!?

Thanks to our hosts Lexa Cain, L.G. Keltner and Katie!
It seems trite to even apologize for my long absence at this point as it's become the norm around here.  Suffice it to say that all the distractions I've spoken of before- yoga, work, etc are still at the fore front and thus I'm just not much of a blogger nowadays.  While I sometimes experience guilt thinking of all of you amazing folks out there who are posting all the time and the fact that I'm not visiting you regularly I have to own the fact that my mind simply isn't there nowadays.  We all have closeness and distance, periods of hyperactivity and lulls.  I'm in a lull so far as blogging goes but I know someday that will change.  Until then, a few small words from me to serve as an update and a wish that all of you are doing well and will forgive my absence when I do return to more activity.

Running-  I went for my first run since the accident this past Wednesday and I'm pretty confident that I am fully and officially healed.  It was just a mile around my neighborhood but it felt amazing and two days later I'm still pain free with no signs of swelling or residual issues.  Of course I'm already chomping at the bit to try to ramp up my distance again since there may still be a chance for me to do the October half marathon I signed up for earlier in the year but I've promised way too many people to take it slow to not go one mile at a time.  Either way, I am so incredibly grateful to be well again and to anyone who sent prayers/healing thoughts and positive energy my way I am eternally grateful to you!

Yoga-  It's sort of hard for me to express in words how life-altering this training is for me.  A lot of the concepts I'm studying and attempting to implement on a daily basis are ineffable.  Suffice it to say that I'm thinking differently.  I'm feeling differently.  I'm reacting differently.  I'm seeing things differently.  My entire world view, concept of myself, understanding of life, the universe and everything is changing.  And it is awe-inspiringly wonderful.  At some point I will write- probably quite a lot- about this for anyone who is interested.  For now, just know that this is where my energy is (which is why it's not here) and that that is a really, really good thing.

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