Two weeks down! In some ways I still feel as if I cannot believe I am here. In some ways it feels as if I have always been here. The thing that strikes me the most about being here is the lack of hills. There no hills. It’s flat. All you can see is sky and palm trees. It makes me feel a little exposed. I miss hills.
Tim and I have been talking every day and Skyping most days. How did people live apart before Skype?? It makes such a huge difference to be able to SEE your loved ones! I would feel so alone here if it were not for technology. My little brother sends a picture and a message almost every day, I talk to/text Tim all throughout the day, I call my parents and my older brother on the weekends. I am finishing up Lord of The Rings (reading it for the Nth time), and I am at the part where everyone is parting ways at the end of the book. Back in Middle Earth, unless you had a Palantir (aka an iPhone), you had to travel for WEEKS to see your friends and loved ones once you were sundered.
School this week was good. We learned some very basics of massage – draping, massage strokes, etc. We had our first test on Friday. I think I did well on the written portion and the massage portion, but on the postural charting portion, I got a bit confused on a piece of it. There are 4 measurements that you take on the first side of the sheet and then transfer over to the back side of the sheet. For some reason that confuses me a bit. I kind of rushed that portion and didn’t feel good about my answers. I was having a severe battle with my perfectionism, struggling to ask the teacher if I could have my test back to verify I did it right. I kept reminding myself that I am part of the Infinite One and not getting 100% on a test is A-OK. 🙂 But every time I think of it, I get that little burst of constriction just to the left of my sternum. This body had some encoding that really, really, really drives me to get the A+.
I have been reading Kiran Trace’s book, Tools for Sanity. In it she talks a lot about how awareness is the key to realizing who and what we really are. She uses an analogy of when you walk into a dark room and flip on the light and flip it off again, you can never unsee what you saw. You now know where the furniture is situated, you see the toy truck on the floor, you know what is there. Even with the lights off again, you are AWARE. Once you strobe that awareness on to a behavior, it immediately changes things.
So I am settling my awareness on this drive for perfection and seeing what I can find out about it.
In the meantime, I didn’t ask for the test back. I left school, worked from home, and then spent the weekend gently exploring. I ventured out to Dunedin and went to a yoga class. Come to find out it was the last yoga class ever to be held in that studio. They were shutting down the following day. I feel like there is significance in that, but I haven’t parsed out what it is yet.
Today I ran through my typical Sunday routine – grocery shopping, cleaning, making food for the week. I took a long walk and reached a new spot I have not seen. I saw trees from Dagobah and encountered lots of friendly folk. I was listening to Matt Kahn’s talk about Everything is Here to Help You. He said that if you view every person in your life as being there to help you learn *something,* that you will transform your world. I sent that vibe out to every one I encountered and got lots of smiles in return. I’m curious to see how this susses out.
I got home from my walk and decided that I better go to the beach. I have been here 2 weeks and have not made it there yet – partially because I have been busy and partially because I am nervous/reluctant to go to the beach by myself. But tomorrow starts regular classes at CNS, so I figured I should take advantage of having no homework and GO!
I drove to Bellaire Beach, just south of Clearwater Beach. The skies to the East looked ominous, but I persevered. I walked out on the beach, appreciating the roar of the ocean and the foaminess of the waves. I looked to the Southeast and noted dark clouds tumbling in. I just sat and watched the storm roll in. I laid back and turned my head, at eye level with the beach, the ocean, the sky huge and dark and roiling above me. It was absolutely beautiful.
And that was my weekend. Tim has been steadfastly working on the house, hopefully bringing to a swift conclusion our separation from each other. We should get the house on the market soon, sell it post haste, and get Timmy Tee down here to Clearwater ASAP.
Hope you had a lovely weekend, and thanks for reading!