Monthly Archives: May 2013

Gratitude – 18/40 – Flikr

Thank you all you lovely Flikr people for taking such lovely photos and being kind enough to share them under creative commons.

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Gratitude – 17/40 – public transport

Feeling lazy, burdened with kit and mat, it’s raining – thank you for the bus 🙂

Tomorrow must remember to be grateful for Flikr – not only is this a red bus, in Oxford (which were my search parameters) but it’s the bus I catch home, just leaving the stop I catch it from. Cheers David Addison.

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Gratitude – 16/40 – my lava lamp

and my lovely other half for switching it on early enough that it’s active soon after I’m home following post-work yoga.  I love it’s orange glow and the soothingly hypnotic way the wax bubbles up and glides down, faster and faster as it heats up.  I get a ridiculous amount of pleasure just watching it.

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Gratitude – 15/40 – yoga, the crazier the better

Yoga is one of the things I’m most grateful for – so why doesn’t it make an appearance until  gratitude week three?  I needed a particularly special class to blog about – and yesterday there was extra sensual yoga where we were encouraged to be aware of our senses, including an invitation to keep our eyes closed for the whole class.

Balances fled almost beyond reach and high lunge twist was rapid heart beat terror.  Bakasana (crow), however, suprisingly easier.  And knees chest chin, low cobra and back to downward dog – which I’ve been avoiding post shoulder injury – deliciously weightless.

I recall a Matthew Sanford workshop (he’s a yoga teacher paralysed from the chest down, following a car accident in his teens).  He talked about the body’s need for boundaries and yesterday I got another glimpse of what he meant. Not just the repeated feeling for ‘where is the edge of the mat’ – essential in a packed out class.  But also around balance – it’s easy to shut your eyes when there, but harder to drop forward into nothingness.   And something about knowing one’s own boundaries / having a (literal) sense of proportion – if hand is here then leg must be….

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Thank you Emily Huang for the lovely photo.

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Gratitude – 14/40 – ginger

at the moment as in my first cup of the morning green tea and…. but I’ve always remembered visiting the botanic gardens and seeing it growing in the ‘food’ greenhouse.  How it’s just there, only partly covered by soil, as if you could grab it and it be soil to stir fry in seconds.  I don’t know why that’s stuck in my mind so long, given that you can see apples and tomatoes growing.  Something about it being rooty and yet visible I think.

Thanks to fluffymuppet for illustrating my memory so well http://www.flickr.com/photos/fluffymuppet/6774133160/Image

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Gratitude – 13/40 – full moon

Did anyone see the amazing amazing moon last night?  Like something out of a film – huge and yellow – I almost crashed the car from looking at it too much 😦

Thanks to French Finds for this http://www.flickr.com/photos/frenchfinds/3573328798/

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Gratitude – 12/40 – long weekends

It’s the promise at the beginning – although sometimes it’s hard to enjoy the reality – I’ll be trying not to be unrealistic in what I think is achievable – housework, visit my mum, help a friend move house, ebay some stuff, cane the tomatoes, sow the lemon thyme … oh and rest, lots of rest

thanks to chris riebschlager for an illustration of one of the activities on my list http://www.flickr.com/photos/riebschlager/156037814/sizes/z/in/photostream/

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