Days 19 & 20: The Beginning
It seems appropriate that I began writing this post on my last day of teacher training and am now (finally) ‘publishing’ it on my last day of my teaching. This past year — and especially the past few months — have been strange and transitional (among other words [like these]). I could make a list of the things I’ve done, but a list wouldn’t document anything. I...
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Days 17 & 18: I'm Counting on Your Fingers
Two more days, both backward and forward. Two days unlogged and two days to go. I’ve been thinking about savasana in preparation for when I lead a group through (in[to]? beyond? against?) it tomorrow morning. Today, I closed my eyes and spoke out loud in empty space to practice being less frenetic. On the train, I wrote things down in ink: ‘You are not defined by your thoughts,’...
Day 16: The Expansiveness of Speech
I could write about a certain symbol being dead, but by what means? I do not believe in turning any living person into a body: a dead, once-living body — even if that body, in its life, seemed deeply unalive, already half-dead, unlike a human being who is, in fact, living, being, existing — breathing in reality, the fact or state of having lived, having died, having already felt...
Day 15: Blood Pressure
April was broad and took place in twenty-four hours. I stood in the doorway. I felt my body fold over itself. Soon, my mind stood up with a long, flat back. Now May is unlatched. One way to balance away from the wall is to take one foot, then both feet, away from the wall. Draw in your lower rib cage; draw your shoulder blades down your back. Feel your body realign from the base of the spine to...