Monday, July 14, 2008

Living in a Box

Well, we've been living in a van for a few days now and checking out our new hometown: Squamish, British Columbia. We are both (Sonnie and I) really happy to be in BC and enjoy the thick and magical forest, the sticky granite climbing and the smell of the sea.
We are getting really excited to have a place to call our own. I think the true test of a relationship may be to live in a small box with the other, smelling like camp fire, cooking where you sleep, not having a warm place to practice yoga (that means me), and dealing with how dirty feet can really get. haha.
We are still waking up and hugging, with big smiles, so I think we are going to make it... whatever that means.
Sarah and Scott came out to visit and we had a memorable time. We climbed a trademark multi- pitch called Angel's Crest, bouldered in the forest (with Sonnie as our personal guide), practiced in the warm sun in the grass, and sat around a fire.
I am really excited to delve into the yoga community here and have a new figurative family.

Interestingly, I find it really helpful to take a few days off of the physical practice of yoga to see if it is actually working. To see if I have learned to just listen- to the sounds of my body, to the mother earth, and the visceral sensations of my intuition. I am curious to see if the practice of yoga has helped me observe with pure amazement as each moment unfolds into the next new one. The flicker of a flame, the sight of someone I love smile, the sun dancing on the water, a squirrel gathering nuts.

"The rain surrounded the cabin... with a whole world of meaning, of secrecy, of rumor. Think of it: all that speech pouring down, selling nothing, judging nobody, drenching the thick mulch of dead leaves, soaking the trees, filling the gullies and crannies of the wood with water, washing out the places where men have stripped the hillside.... Nobody started it, nobody is going to stop it. It will talk as long as it wants, the rain. As long as it talks I am going to listen."
Thomas Merton

The climbing festival is coming up and then we are back to Canmore for a week of Mysore at the Yoga Lounge. See you there.

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