Feeling very "blah" right now. Why? Not sure. Here are a few possible reasons:
(1) Sunday is my rest day from the practice. I have noticed that I experience somewhat lower levels of energy on days when I don't practice.
Unlike most ashtangis I know, who rest on Saturdays, my "rest day" is on Sunday. I use quotation marks, because I still do a couple of suryas on Sunday morning, just to get my muscles and joints limber. (Do I have an unhealthy addiction to the practice? Uh oh...) Why do I rest on Sunday rather than on the traditionally designated Saturday? No particular reason, really. It's just what I have been doing since my pre-Ashtanga days, so it kind of carried over when I started Ashtanga. Maybe this will change after I make it to Mysore :-)
This makes me curious. Is there a difference whether one takes the rest day on Saturday or Sunday? I remember hearing Tim Miller say something at a workshop about not doing practice on Saturday because Saturday is named after the planet Saturn, and is the day of the devil (I can't remember if this is exactly what he said; it's been a couple of years since that workshop, and I'm not terribly good at taking notes). Does anybody out there know of any good reason to prefer Saturday over Sunday as the rest day from practice? I'll love to hear what you have to say.
(2) Tomorrow is the first day of school. I should be more excited about this, but I'm not. I find myself just mechanically going over the motions of preparing for tomorrow's class. There are also a few students who have arranged to see me tomorrow morning about issues related to registration. Somehow, I can't get myself excited about any of this.
(3) I may suffer from SAD. I ran into a colleague the other day, and he suggested that I should start taking vitamin D. (Is he saying I look depressed? Hmm...) Anyway, maybe I should do this if this feeling of "blahness" doesn't go away by, say, after tomorrow morning's practice.
(4) The terrible shooting that happened in Arizona. My prayers go out to all those affected. May there be no more violence and hatred among all living beings, whatever our respective creeds, religious or political affiliations. Nuff said.
As you can see, this is a very neither-here-nor-there post. But I figured it is better to say something than not. May the Force be with you.