These last past days have been crazy. A week of unraveling at work, as well as on the family front, had taken a toll on me. But like most of us moms out there, we are trained to take the blows and have learned to deal with it. We stay up, after everyone has gone to sleep, and try to figure out why things went wrong. We are used to being everyone’s emotional sounding board, but when it comes to our own problems, we don’t know how to handle it. Sound familiar?
When the challenges came to their peak for me, I called my husband. I was upset, but even though he was busy at work, my husband dropped everything to talk to me. He helped me get through my first set of tears and raw emotions. He then called me later in the day to check up on me. I was grateful for that. My son knew something was wrong, too. I didn’t have to say a word to him. He looked at me and hugged me, and that’s all I needed to make me feel a little better.
A few days later, while I was still dealing with things, I had agreed to go out for a bite to eat with several friends. The conversation we had wasn’t just one of those, “how’s the weather” and “what did your kid do today” type discussions, it was a much needed crazy, emotional, mind cleansing situation. Hours of talking, listening, great advice giving, tears and back rubs were all a part of that night, as we sat in the restaurant booth. Thank you friends – you know who you are.
I, lastly, turned to the mat. I went to the yoga session, yesterday, with a little weight still embedded in my chest. Do you know what I mean? Something there on my chest, still holding on, that I needed to shake away. Our yoga practice was based on the aspects of the moon. I had asked Angie, my yoga instructor, why this was the topic. She said it was due to the spring equinox and the full moon. I knew there was something crazily cosmic going on…
During the class, we focused on the Crow pose. This pose has always been one of my favorites. Angie told me this was a perfect pose for me right now with the obstacles that I am facing. Crow pose (Bakasana) helps to strengthen mental tranquility and increase physical and mental balance – boy, did I need that!
For those of you that are feeling the same, right now, with this crazy moon in the sky, here are the steps to do it yourself:
Step One – Squat Down: Position your arms between your knees, with your hands directly under your shoulders, then put your hands flat on the floor in front of you.
Step Two – Knees On Your Arms: Bend your elbows and rest your knees against your upper arms. Next, rock forward until you feel your weight on your wrists.
Step Three – Raise Your Feet: Slowly raise each foot off the ground.
It really felt great to do this pose, yesterday. Angie had also put on my favorite song from her playlist (thank you). It is an amazing cover from James Vincent McMorrow of Steve Winwood’s original song “Higher Love”. Getting the chance to really listen to this song, right then, was the final whiff of the emotional crazy candle that had been burning. I was able to blow out the final flames of angst I had during the week. How did you feel lately? Were your loved ones around you a little crazed with the moon shining overhead?
I checked out EarthSky.com when I got home, and it confirmed that the third and final winter moon was last night – a moon that was full, bright and complete with its crazy cosmic powers. It has done its final shake up from the long winter and now it’s time for new spring beginnings!
I want to leave you with this beautiful picture of my yoga instructor and friend, Angie Nutter. She is in the pose, Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III). This is where I strive to be next. Warrior III is a symbol of rising above the changes that happen in life as well as keeping one crazy Goddess foot firmly grounded to the Earth.
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