Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Calmness, enoughness, and the possible renaming of a blog

This morning, I woke up to a very peaceful feeling in me. There was this quietly calm, joyful sensation that the universe is taking care of me, that there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Which, I can assure you, is not something I feel often; most days when I wake up, I'm either assaulted by a whole bunch of thoughts and worries ("What the hell am I going to do about X? Or Y? Or Z?..."), or I am fighting the urge to just go back to bed (this has been made worse these past couple of months by my online chess-playing and Battlestar Galactica watching, which have jointly conspired to deprive me of much-needed sleep). In either case, the practice does wonders in focusing and calming my mind, and energizing my body: I suppose you can say that the practice does to me what the Energizer battery does to the Energizer bunny.

This is what the practice does to me on most days.

But as I was saying, when I woke up this morning, I felt neither exhaustion nor mind-assaulting worry. All there was was this beautiful sense of being in sync with the universe. I'm not sure why this is. I certainly didn't do anything out of the ordinary last night: I watched my usual couple of episodes of BSG, and played a couple of games of online chess (badly, I might add), and then went to bed like I've been doing for the past couple of months. Hmm... could it be that I am actually one of the Final Five, and this feeling of calm is actually a precursor of things to come? Well, this would be nice, but I need to stop deluding myself... 

In any case, when I stepped on the mat this morning, I felt this feeling of calmness surround my entire being like a halo. Sounds dramatic, I know, but I'm not usually this dramatic, so I think you can allow me a little dramatic license every now and then :-) In any case, this feeling of calmness was so all-pervading that when I finished five Surya Bs, I suddenly had this sense that I had done enough on the mat for today. I was very tempted to just end my practice right there and then, but I continued anyway; I'm still not sure if it was ego or sheer force of habit that caused me to continue the practice past that point (probably a little of both). I ended up doing my usual practice (full primary and second up to Supta Vajrasana).

Now I can't help but wonder: What if I get this sense of calmness and enoughness frequently from now on, or even everyday? Does this mean that I might one day stop practicing asana altogether? Well, we all will one day stop practicing asana (if nothing else, death will stop us), but that's not what I mean. I mean, what if this feeling of enoughness persists to such an extent and frequency that I no longer feel the need to do any more asana? Well, if that happens, what will I blog about? Science fiction and philosophy, probably (actually, come to think of it, I am already blogging about these). And then I will have to rename this blog Science Fiction and Philosophy in the Dragon's Den. Hmm. Doesn't sound half as catchy as Yoga in the Dragon's Den. Oh well.   


  1. Cylons. There are always Cylons to blog about. I like your blogs about Cylons!

    I think it's great you practiced your full routine, because we're supposed to practice no matter if good feelings arise or bad. Don't know which are more seductive, though ;-)

    1. Ha! Cylons in the Dragon's Den. That actually sounds quite catchy :-)

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