Chickpeas, artichokes, tomatoes, tempeh, sriracha
The thing about Charlotte’s Trader Joe’s–the one I frequent, anyway–is that it’s located in a little dining/nightlife hotspot. It wasn’t always this way. Up until about a month ago much of the restaurant space was vacant. Back then I was free to come and go in my fuzzy slippers any time of the day or night. Now, however, when those of us who wish only to pop in to grab a frozen pizza and a bottle of wine on a Saturday night (winners) try to do so, we are met with lines of cars, parking spots only on the top deck and the realization that we are big ol’ losers.
It’s a tough life.
I mean, there’s no way I was going out last night anyway. Nineteen hours of yoga in a 48-hour timeframe will do this to a person. I just love it.
We’ve had a minor setback wherein our training was moved to an empty, unheated Rack Room Shoes:
Om shanti and shit?
The beautiful thing about doing this to a bunch of yogis, however, is that it’s met with: “Hey. This happened. It’s ok. How about rather than bitch about it we celebrate the fact that we got booted out of the studio because it’s packed with 70 people practicing yoga, many of whom may be doing so for the very first time and who would have otherwise been turned away if we were taking up half that space.”
Fair enough. It’s all about perception, my friends. Is it a shitty situation or one to celebrate? Is it a pen or something else? I love yoga.
Anyway, I am having a most delightful little time reading A Course in Miracles and wanted to share my favorite underlined passages so far:
Lack implies that you would be better off in a state somehow different from the one you are in. Needs arise only when you deprive yourself. You act according to the particular order of needs you establish. This, in turn, depends on your perception of what you are.
Belief produces the acceptance of existence. That is why you can believe what no one else thinks is true. It is true for you because it was made by you.
You were created to create the good, the beautiful and the holy. Do not forget this.
You can do anything I ask. I have asked you to perform miracles.
Everyone defends his treasure and will do so automatically. The real questions are, what do you treasure, and how much do you treasure it? Once you have learned to consider these questions and to bring them into all your actions, you will have little difficulty in clarifying the means. The means are available whenever you ask.
Tolerance for pain may be high, but it is not without limit. Eventually everyone begins to recognize, however dimly, that there must be a better way. As this recognition becomes more firmly established, it becomes a turning point.
Perception is temporary.
The abilities you possess are only shadows of your real strength.
Your worth is beyond perception because it is beyond doubt.
A good teacher must believe in the ideas he teaches, but he must meet another condition; he must believe in the students to whom he offers the ideas.
No force except your own will is strong enough or worthy enough to guide you.
I have reached a tipping point in my life where I no longer view all this personal exploration stuff as scary and overwhelming and depressing. Instead, I’m fascinated by it, motivated by it and simply can’t get enough of it. I gather from the wonderful comments and emails I’ve been receiving as of late (thank you) that you guys think I’m feeling weighed down and miserable, but the reality is I feel lighter than ever. I’m diving deep into some pretty intense stuff, but I don’t see this type of self evaluation as a negative thing. At all. And I don’t drag through my days moping around. I’m just passionately curious about all of this. Can’t get enough.
And with that… I’m off for eight more hours of yoga. Weeeee.