As I write this, we are exactly 68 days, 8 hours, and 51 minutes away from spring and I am five days into my commitment to soup and sun salutes. Today is a good day (despite the fact that it is currently 25 degrees and the forecast is calling for six and possibly as much as 8 inches of snow). From where I am sitting I can see two brilliant Cardinals resting on a branch in a tree filled with White Breasted Nuthatches, and I see it as a very good omen.
I began my morning with a dozen sun salutes and a quiet walk in the snow. As I practiced my sun salutes I imagined the sun glowing radiantly in the sky as a delicate rainbow of spring flowers blossomed all around me. While on my walk I reflected on how pleased I was with last night’s hot yoga class and how exciting it was to have two simultaneous classes (Digital Photography with Chuck Warner is also held at 6 PM on Monday nights) and the Center buzzing with activity.
Our Yin Yoga class is scheduled to start tonight; however, that may change depending on snowfall, which is really beginning to pick up now (class cancellations are always available on the Center’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Mystics-Center-for-Arts-and-Education/409186055459).
If I end up snowed in, I plan to perform my daily practice in front of the window in the hopes of catching another glimpse of the feathered visitors, who for now have departed. I will be focusing my intention on the safety and well-being of those who have to be out in today’s steady stream of snow and the warmth and security of those tucked away at home.
Each day continues to be a new adventure in soup. Saturday’s cream of potato was rich and wonderful while Sunday’s carrot and ginger soup was smooth, if a bit on the bland side. Yesterday I enjoyed a wonderfully creamy tomato soup from Serenity Café and I couldn’t resist combining it with one of Serenity’s yummy grilled cheese sandwiches. I feel quite strongly that tomato soup should always be accompanied by its famous side-kick, grilled cheese; one is really not the same without the other. I whipped up a sort of rice-gumbo combination for lunch today that I frankly wasn’t that thrilled with but the fun is in the journey. My husband Joey is making pasta fagioli for dinner and I have no doubt that it will be delicious.
As I wrap this up I am certain that I will be snowed in within the hour (we live near the end of a mile-long stretch of hilly, winding dirt road, so being snowed in is more the rule than the exception for us in the Winter). I’m off to begin my practice… Until next time, keep warm and be safe.
[Yoga is available at the Center three evenings a week at 6PM. Monday: Hot Yoga, Tuesday: Yin Yoga and Thursday: Hatha Yoga. Hope to see you there.]