Friday, 20 December 2013
Of Chanting, Yoga and Hermits
On Sunday, I practised yoga while silently chanting, for a total of 41 minutes. It's interesting, my mind wandered a lot less, and I'm not sure if it's because of the focus on the body and breath that is more enveloping than just the chanting. Could also have been because I was back to a morning practice, which I generally feel suits me better.
Since then, I haven't managed to do yoga or chant, until this morning. Waking early, and having trouble sleeping, I got up and did both at around 5am. It felt really good, and got me thinking about why I haven't been doing so all week. The main thing is time - between preparing for Christmas and my son being in hospital for 2 days, my time really was limited. I didn't exercise at all one day, and ate a lot of food from sandwich shops (breakfast, lunch and dinner one day) so even what I'd consider the basics weren't really being covered.
It's strange, when I don't follow my path, I also don't tend to write on here. And so, I thought about the connection between feeling like a Hermit in the positive and negative senses. For me, the Hermit is about an inner seeking, and something I enjoy and aspire to. Yet, there is also the (potentially) negative sense of cutting oneself off from other people. And bizarrely, it is when I am Hermit-like that I actually connect with like-minded others here on the interwebs. Real life, though, with its demands, gets in the way of both of those. I hope I'll find more time for myself, and for my path, after the craziness of Christmas.