Good Saturday Morning Everyone! I could hardly sleep last night, so I read and wrote. Now I have a five part novella that I will share with you over this weekend. The first section (parts 1 and 2) will be revealed here and section two (parts 3-5) will come sometime tomorrow (Sunday). I’m so excited because my brain was working on overtime and I feel like something really great came out of it all.
Part One – Hell-Bent
So, Thursday (our usual library day) I decided to try and find a new book for me. I knew I was going to start up with the Gates book on Monday, but still wanted to do a little more “free reading”. HAHAHAHA! *sigh* Because I don’t have to pay for books when I get them from the library….okay, maybe not that funny, but it’s Saturday morning and I only slept 5 hours last night.
I just opened up the digital library catalog to see what was in and found this gem: Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and The Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga. Yeah, the name alone made me say, “I HAVE TO CHECK THIS BOOK OUT!” And so I did. The motivation behind diving into this book comes from a post I did earlier this week: Hobbling Like a Hobbit and finding the balance between a competitive nature and the teachings/practice of a yogi.
Yesterday I sat down to test out this book and wondered why it has taken me so long to find it. I only got 12 pages in before I had to set it down and get kids who were awakening from naps and eventually squeeze in a quick run that I’d put off earlier in the day. Yet, at 1230 at night I lay awake in bed. The kind of awake that can only be changed by a blow to the head, a stiff drink, some intense activity, or a good read. I chose the last option and snuck upstairs to rejoin Benjamin Lorr and his adventure into competitive backbending. I was hooked and finished the whole first section of the book….while practicing yoga asanas.
In his book he talks about and debunks a lot of the misconception around yoga. He’s done his research and made me feel a little misinformed despite my many reads and research into the practice and history of yoga. I always knew that no one historical account was true to the last drop, but his take on the whole thing opened my eyes further and almost blew my mind. His writing style is very blunt, humorous, inspirational, and easy to read all at once. I’m pretty sure that I will have this book completed in the next week if not sooner.
My take away from last night is that I want to delve deeper into this book and my thoughts on yoga and my practice (good thing I’m starting my 365 journey on Monday) and this take away from one of his gurus, Esak, “competition only reflects what is already part of us.” (p.60) If competitions are a reflection of something that is already a part of us and yoga teaches that we are all a part of one big whole, then I feel like there is room for me to be both competitive and a yogi. More to come on Mr. Lorr.
Part Two – It’s a long story made short
Second story of this long weekend rant is that not only am I discovering a connection and a deeper nonjudgement in myself, I’m also being discovered! Thank you to the amazingly talented, insanely funny, real and down-to earth writer Stef S. who is currently my only “follower” for highlighting this blog in a beautiful light on her blog. I love reading Stef’s stuff about her life with her daughters, her many times she was almost famous, the adventures of her youth that shaped her into the woman she is today, and also about her CAKES!
I will be posting my answers to the four questions tomorrow in part 4 of this installment and giving you a preview of some other blogs I find amazing in parts 3 and 5. For now, I want to pay homage to Stef and say how humbled I am at her talent. Here are some photos of cakes I have made in the past which don’t hold a candle to hers. AHAHAHAHA! I crack myself up at 9am! But seriously, now I want cake.
|I made this same cake for both of the boys’ dedications. I can’t find the picture of Ike’s. Nothing fancy, but here I tried playing with smoothing the frosting with a paper towel to give it a little texture without being starred or “rustic”.|
|On to trains. This one took a lot of work with color flow to make animals, constructing things out of marshmallows, Oreos, ice cream cones, Fudge Stripe cookies, licorice, and graham crackers. It was delicious!|
Until tomorrow….I’m out the door to run and enjoy the fresh, humid air of a NC Saturday in July!