Friday, February 27, 2004

Less effort 

The surplus of love and joy in the heart of winter astounds, while the threads of doubt and fear melt in the pale morning sunlight. Again, it took having my teacher back to realize that maybe I’ve been holding back, just a touch, while he was gone. Those few millimeters that suddenly feel like miles of luscious elongation, where the instinct was to curl in and curve round, protect a little; that efforted-less openness and surrender, where they needed tending to, before. All coming back, as I prepare to go.

Sunday, February 22, 2004


Seeing the tail-end of an almost-cold that saw me weak and sniffly for several days, with no breath for practice and little energy for much else. Went to work anyway. As I told suddenly-nice boss, I'd rather be there [making money] than in bed with the solo pity-party. So, I will work thru my last couple of days here, despite fantasies of taking a week or two off to focus on practice and practicalities; the money will make a difference, as does the fact that the situation is very tolerable. Today was a very joyous day at the shala, since Eddie is back, teaching. Smiles and sighs of relief all around. We've had some wonderful teachers in his absence, but his absence was felt, more so with his presence evident. I am so happy to see him, so happy to have a couple of weeks with him before I am off. Was talking to someone who is also planning the maiden voyage to Mysore, next month. Very exciting. He has friends already there to pave the ground for his arrival, which is nice. There are going to be a whole lotta New Yawkers there, next several weeks. Met someone I would love to have stay in place; hope to finalize the sublet and flights issues, in the next couple of days. Then, I think, this will all start to be more real. Really.

Saturday, February 14, 2004

Some numbers 

1: house-sitter that my landlord is giving me permission to keep in my aprtment for a few months

2: maximum stay, in months, that employers offered as a sabbatical for me to be guaranteed a job when I get back

3: percent commission they also offered for me to come back to

2: weeks' notice that I gave them, anyway

5: months I am planning on staying in India for

6: weeks I will be in Greece for

Many: number of happy coincidences I have encountered last few days

Infinite: the world of possibilities that is slowly unfolding

Sunday, February 08, 2004

See? Saw. 

Slowly, reluctantly, surely: the heavy enormous wheels of change are beginning to stir. With a terrible racket and laborious moans, they are being set in motion. Slowly, but inevitably. The last several days, weeks, filled with tension and conflict on the workfront. Enough. Decided I was done, back in August. Decided what I'd do, once I was done, October 17th when my decision to go to Mysore revealed itself. Now, it is time. Narrowly escaping from the sometimes-seductive siren song of living a life you stumbled into and stick with because it is safe and easier than plunging and forging forward with what you really want- need- to be doing.

One day last week, after worse treatment than I would wish on anyone, took my lunch-break at home. Breathed. Cleared the head, softened the heart. When I opened my eyes, a realization: this is why those people are so awful to me. Extricating myself from this reality, this job, is tough as it is. Surely, would be virtually impossible to do, or certainly that much tougher, was I perfectly happy and working with people who were at all loyal and honorable and kind. A very different process, that would be. Perhaps one that would leave me indefinitely stuck in those patterns, those rituals. As it is, I am building towards feeling grateful the situation is as it is, allowing me to flitter and flutter long-dormant wings. Yes, it is scary. I will deal with it. The memory of how my body reacts to being in that environment, shrinking and recoiling there while it expands and blossoms everywhere else, how my personality also dims, my words quiet, silent. I will give my notice, and rejoice at never-ever setting foot back in that place.

I don't have a lot, but I have enough- it will be enough. Although I am poor here, I own a beautiful apartment in Athens and some prime beach-side property on Skyros, both in Greece. Both from m mother, who left this world when I was twelve. So, in many senses, this trip, this direction, a direct gift from her. I know she smiles as I raise my head and prepare my voice. Scary, yes. I am creating an enormous amount of faith that the universe will catch me as I ride the clouds and shoot for the sunshine. Because I am done here.

It needs to be now. I am collecting contacts for travel agents, thinking about the dates. My hand shook, just a little, as I wrote out a notice for The Shala's bulletin board: Sublet Available. $500/month. Tiny Studio. Upper West Side. 3 Months Minimum. Starting 3/1 or 4/1. Surely, someone will want to spend the summer in the City? Then the question: sublet or book flights, first? I want to fly into Bangalore and go straight to Mysore. Then, midlate summer or early September go to Greece after a little travel. See my dad, my family. It's been almost 3 years since the last time. Maria my niece was a baby, now a little girl; nephews Orpheas and Theodorus were little now big boys. A big trip, this one. Will be looking, assessing: could I envision myself moving back? Living and working there? That's likely to be a wave that's still way out at sea, barely a thought of a swell, yet. I will catch it when it is closer, see what it can do, what I can make of it. For now, so very happy building strength and growing heart enough to last for several lifetimes. That's the plan, anyway. To build and burn and grow, little by little but sometimes, it seems, in big gulps and leaps at a time. Like now. Finding courage to do and be, like I need to.

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