I’ve lost count of the times I have looked back after completing a journey or reaching a goal and thought, “Man! I wish I would have kept a journal. I totally should have blogged about this throughout the process.” This is probably because I really enjoy reading other people’s blog posts along a journey to doing or becoming something new. There is something about documenting the process of transformation that appeals to me. And yet, aside from some cheesy before-and-after P90X photographs when I was 40, I haven’t ever had the presence of mind at the beginning of a journey to get started with a journal. (A lot of the time, I think we don’t even recognize that we’re on a journey until we’re well on the way or even until after we’ve arrived at the destination.)
“There is something about documenting the process of transformation that appeals to me.”
The Accidental Yogi
Without really meaning to, I recently started what feels like just such a process. Being much less bend-y than I would like to be, I decided to try yoga again — I’m not entirely new to it but haven’t done it for years and haven’t done it as a serious, intentional practice…ever. If I’m honest, I wasn’t at all sure how serious a practice I wanted to make it when I signed up for a couple of weeks at Art of Balance Yoga. I just wanted to check it out and see how it felt to me. Turns out, a month into things, this feels like the right time in my life to start making yoga part of who I am instead of just something that I do.
And so, of course, I’m quite pleased with myself for having the foresight to sit down today and begin a journal at what feels like an actual beginning. I am not quite sure where this will take me, though I have some ideas.
“Turns out, this feels like the right time in my life to start making yoga part of who I am instead of just something that I do.”
Currently, I am pretty darned stiff, awkward, and self-conscious about my yoga abilities. I am looking forward to seeing how that changes over time and how this practice affects me physically, mentally, and spiritually. I’m hoping some people are interested in following along through this blog, either for a good laugh (there is bound to be some comedy gold along the way), for inspiration, or just out of morbid curiosity.
Here we go.
[The photos in this blog post are from pixabay.]