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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 174 :: reaching the summitt

28 Jun

Day 174: Winning.

“I met her once.”

That’s what’s been in my head all day as I have watched the memorials pour out over the internet and social media for Pat Head Summitt.

She was a pioneer. The winningest coach ever. Intensely successful.

I was a pioneer when I met her. A Smith College Pioneer. Pat was to accept an award on the Smith Campus. I was the student picked to introduce her at the faculty luncheon in the private faculty building overlooking Paradise Pond.

I wasn’t picked because of my game scoring records (I barely had one) or my presence on the college court (more like the bench). I was picked because I was in the right place at the right time. And I intensely loved basketball and women’s sports.

Which was why was I was scared shitless. Of her. THE one and only Pat Summitt. A living legend then, almost twenty years ago. I was also scared of messing up. In front of HER. The living legend who was gracing the Smith College campus.

I practiced and practiced and practiced my speech. I probably worked harder on that speech than any term paper that semester. And on the day of the big introduction of Pat Head Summitt it all went by in a nanosecond. A blur. I didn’t mess up. It went without a hitch. Then I shook her hand. I SHOOK HER HAND!!! And, in an instant, it was over.

It’s an amazing legacy she leaves. One of strength and elegance. Determination and grace. Winningest path paved. Inspiration for a generation of little girls and a lifetime of women’s sports. She has now reached the ultimate summit. But leaves in her absence an incredible presence. And in my mind, an incredible gift.

I met her once.
And in that instance she made me do great.
Even if it was for a nanosecond.

I suppose that’s a practice she would be proud of. Making every nanosecond count. Whether it’s in life, work, school, on the court (or in the yoga studio).

Thank you, Pat.
For your life, your presence, your work, your mission.
Your inspiration.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{reaching the summitt}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 166 :: your way, every day

20 Jun

Day 166: Great Vow.

I couldn’t say it any better than this article. The power of yoga every day (thanks, Jill!).


And I probably couldn’t say it any better than this paragraph:

“Sometimes yoga is sweaty and long and intense. Other times, it is subtle, like the generosity to let someone cut in traffic or being patient with our loved ones. It is this mode of living yoga, finding union in our thoughts, words, and actions that provides consistency in practice, which Judith Lasater says, “is the highest form of discipline”. Whereas, if we were to adhere to a strict regimen of asana 90 minutes a day, 7 days a week, but found that we were no kinder, gentler or more peaceful, then we wouldn’t be in the practice of yoga. Instead, it is better to practice your yoga, your way, every day.”

But I do know this:
I can’t remember a time when I couldn’t/didn’t do yoga every day. I mean, really, easy thing to say now when I can look back and remember. But I seriously now question why I didn’t think I had the time or the effort or the patience to do something that has become so simple, so easily integrated, so much a part of my daily life.

I also know it’s because all pressure is now off. As this articles so nicely sums up:

“Plus, when you know you will have another opportunity tomorrow, there’s less pressure imposed on each instance of practice.” 

Yes! So true.
Instead of squeezing every last drop of sweat out of my body for a class I paid $15 dollars to attend and must get my money’s worth — I now gently focus at the end of the night and listen to my body. What does it want? What would feel good?

And then when I do show up for a class that I pay $15 to attend I still listen to my body because I now know what it is saying. I can hear it. I can feel when it says to slow down or amp up or stretch deeper or stay longer. Instead of following along with someone else’s pace or looking up to make sure I am in tune and on time. Instead, I still share space, but I stretch to my own hearts content.

Why did it take me so long?

I suppose starting a home practice is part of the process of letting go. Of expectations around what yoga is. Or what exercise is. And of what levels of sweat constitute a bonafide yoga experience.

I also think there is an invisible power in making a promise. Or a “great vow” to yourself.

When you make a promise to yourself nobody else can take it away.
When you make a promise to yourself you are the only one that may judge it (if at all).
And when you make a promise to yourself you show up for yourself.

It’s not selfish.
It’s self-care.
And to me, that’s a union.
Of head, heart, body, soul — and everyday life.
Your way.
Every day.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{stretching?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 164 :: bringing out the best

18 Jun

Day 164: Overheard.

I spent the afternoon at a coffee shop. One of my favorite places to catch up on work and writing and sometimes, other people’s conversations.

It’s not like I mean to listen in to their conversations, it just seems to happen when you’re packed between cups of mocha and leather chairs, elbow to elbow, inside on a rainy day.

Today, one man, who was clearly hard of hearing, kept repeating what he was hearing in his private conversation. At higher decibels than what is typical inside a coffee shop.

I overheard every word of his conversations. Multiple times. Including the words that his ears were translating differently.

She said: “Do you believe in the father, the son and the holy ghost?
He repeated: “Do I believe in ghosts?”
She repeated: “No, I said, do you believe in the father, the son and the holy ghost?”
He said: “No, I don’t believe in ghosts.”

And so it went on for hours. He misinterpreted her words. She repeated them. He repeated them again. And on and on.

At first, it was annoying as I wished I had brought my headphones to drown out the noise. And then it was amusing as he kept changing the meaning of their conversation. And finally, it was quite inspiring.

She was so patient with him, repeating and repeating and repeating with love in her voice what she was saying. As he was trying his best. Wanting to hear. Wanting to understand.

As I sat there trying not to listen, and not being able to help it, I kept thinking about her incredible depth of patience. To repeat herself until he really heard, until he could understood.

And, then, later today I received this:

And I realize, tonight, as I write this blog post, that she was doing just that. She was bringing out the absolute best in him. The stranger in the coffee shop that was hard of hearing. The woman with her patience for repeating. For all of us listening.

It has me thinking about the power of patience.
And listening.
And higher goals.
Higher vibrations.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

Now…it’s time to listen to my body. Yoga time!

{listening?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 143 :: big stuff

25 May

Day 143: Quinoa.

Sometimes a good thing can be too much of a good thang. And tonight I’m wondering if it is possible to O.D. on quinoa.


Yup. The big Q. So good. So versatile. So full my tummy is about to explode.

But not because it’s filling. Because it’s an illusion. It seems so tiny, so little, those circles of grain all packed together in a bowl. Now finding themselves packed away inside of me and making me wish I had eaten half as much as I did.

I think quinoa must expand. Like air. In my tummy.
And that has me thinking about yoga — which I still have to do.

Yoga also expands (I am learning). But not in a tummy stretching oh-my-god-I-ate-too-much sort of way. More in a small-moves-each-day-are-filling-me-up kind of fashion.

Small increments. Small moves.
Big stuff.
And that’s huuuuuuuge.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{going big?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 141 :: weekend done

22 May

Day 141: One day at a time.

Weekend done.
Blog done.
Yoga done.

And I’m left with just a moment to reflect before the week begins. So here’s just a little something pretty. For you. Because the weekend goes by way too fast, and sometimes, just a little moment to pause is what the doctor ordered.

RX.
Bring on the week ahead!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{ready?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 134 :: happy being

15 May

Day 134: Happy.

How lovely to spend the day with family. Celebrating on the bay. Honoring Pup and Brady’s Big Papi with some Red Sox love. Tickets that is. For August. In Seattle. All for David Ortiz and our love of Boston.

And Justin, of course. The Birthday Boy.

It’s just one of the many things I love most about this guy. He is royally loyal. He loves what he loves, deeply and more enthusiastically than anyone else in the world. The Patriots. The Red Sox. Pearl Jam. His Family. Pup. Brady. And me. Probably not in that order.

But regardless of who comes first on that short list of deep affection, I feel so blessed to be on that list. It’s a gift to be loved so unconditionally and fully by another human being. Quite possibly the best gift of all.

I hope, dear Justin, you feel that gift coming back your way from everyone on the list. I can speak for most people anyway, when I say, we love you. As far as Eddie Vedder and Tom Brady go, well… you might have to ask them directly. And Big Papi, you’ll see him in August.

Birthdays are beautiful things, really. How wonderful to have a day to celebrate being here. Just being. Ah… and that’s the yoga talking.

Happy being day.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{being?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 133 :: cra-cra-crazy

14 May

Day 133: Namaste.

Tonight’s post is easy. Crazy easy. Ridiculously easy. It’s just a photo spotted while shopping with some of my favorite girls.

How ridiculously crazy easy is that? Sometimes when inspiration strikes you literally walk right into it. Crazy.

Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{namaste?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 132 :: building strength

13 May

Day 132: Eating crow.

It’s amazing what this body of mine can do…and what I don’t give her credit for.

Like today, during a yoga class, when I surprised myself. The instructor said “crow” and I hesitated. It’s not easy for me to do the Crow Post and I rarely do it well. But then, without any regard to my thought process my Body, she, all on her own, did it. A crow. Without my help.

And when I say that, I mean, seriously without my help. There was no thinking involved. No brains. No though process. Just my body and her strength taking me up into a crow.

It’s a beautiful thing really. And something I’m leaning in this year of yoga. Some things need to be done with the head. Others with the heart. And at times, there are things that you just have to trust to the body.

She is a miracle, indeed.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{miracles?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 131 the view from here

12 May

Day 131: Viewpoint.

Before I lay me down to sleep… I have to do yoga.
But before that… I took this photo today. Ah… beauty. Ah….mazing.

The best part? I actually stopped to take it in. To view the view.
To enjoy it.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{enjoying the view?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 123 :: downward dog

3 May

Day 123: Pup again. 

I think Pup dreams about kitties.

When he’s all curled up in a bed, eyes closed, asleep, he dreams about kitties. I can tell by the way he moves his feet, running after them. In actuality, he really stands still when he sees one.

And today, he saw two.

They appeared right before him. Bonanza!!!! One on the sidewalk, the other in the grass. Kitties. Two kitties! It was so exciting he didn’t even move. He didn’t even bark. He didn’t even blink.

It was like a dream. come. true.

Pup makes me think about a lot of things, the way he observes, acts, sees, smells, dreams.

And it makes me wonder if we all act that way — when our dreams come true — standing still, shocked, dazed, confused. “Saying, is that really a kittie???”

Yes, Pup those are real. Here’s to real kitties, Pup. May we all learn to recognize our dreams when they come true.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

P.S. Yoga done!

{dreaming?}
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