I'm back into yoga after a few years hiatus. You know the thing, running kids here and there and just can’t find the time ( read - motivation) to fit anything else in. I still have the same schedule, but I carved out some time and made it a “must do” on my schedule, and somehow it (usually haha) all fits.
My yoga practice has been progressing nicely over the last year, and I can see some beautiful improvement in my flexibility and my joint health has been great this winter : ) yeah! But something one of my yoga instructors said hung around with me for a while. Sometimes in life there is a light bulb moment. My light bulb didn't come on full blast at first… it flickered a little then warmed up and then came on full like a beacon. It has resonated with me so much it has almost become a mantra for me this year.
“Find your edge and hang around there for a while”
Of course she was referring to a pose we were in, but I thought about it over the next few days, and weeks. How satisfying it is to get that few extra centimetres after a month, or months, of practice. Sounds like such a small thing but it’s not. That phrase hung around the edge of my mind as I fed the goats, made soap and did dishes. I thought about how it could apply to so many other things in life besides yoga poses. I also thought about how in many ways we are socialized to not do this. As children our bad behaviour is attributed "testing our boundaries", what's really happening is we are trying to find our power and our voice. When we are children and teens, our boundaries help us feel safe (even if we didn't want to admit it) and as an adult one of life's big goals is to want " to be comfortable" even as we are amazed by those who push a little further in what ever passion excites them.
Challenges are the spice of life. I love my gardens and growing my own food, but even that has plateaued a little for me. I need to push for the next few centimetres, up the game and add some excitement. To this end, I've decided to push a little harder and grow a little more intensively and perhaps little more mindfully this year. I did have some extra plans and projects for the garden this year but many times my January plans give way to June's frantic get it all in and move on. This year I'll be staying with it a little more, hanging out on the edge, and being kind to myself if it doesn't all get done. I'm sure by the end of the season the edge will be in a little different spot : )
One plan I will do is to measure how much is coming out of the garden. I think it will be so fun (and maybe a little geeky) to know how many pounds of food I'm actually pulling out of my backyard plot. But, to be really “edgy” I've decided to do a weekly / bi-weekly video of the garden and its lovely production! My daughter has a you-tube channel so I have some technical experts to call on if needed.
As I write this, it is the end of March and there is still 4 feet of snow over the garden. Mother Nature is also testing our edge, it seems. We have had a long winter here with Nor’ Easter after Nor’ Easter dumping snow continuously on us, but warm bare earth will come at some point. I'll be doing some indoor seeding this weekend, so I will check in after this.