WEEK TWENTY EIGHT - THE SANDS OF TIME
The lovely sand art was done by a fellow TTC (teacher training course) student when we were chanting and then listening to a lecture, after having walked on the beach for a silent meditation walk.
For me, this week has flown by , and yet simultaneously, it seems like it's been a really long week. When I thought about what I wanted to share, the issues of time came first to mind.
The phrase, the sands of time refers to the passage of time being akin to the flow of sand in an hourglass - steady.
It does not stop for anyone or anything.
It is also a phrase from a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, describing the mark that great individuals leave on history.
For me, time is one of the great challenges in my life. I've had a tendency to be a little late my entire life - not unforgivably late, but late nonetheless. I've had to say I'm sorry many, many times for being late.
I've definitely not accomplished the "steady" part of time.
TTC is an incredible practice of time management, as we run from one class to the next and are expected to be on time for everything. Not one minute late -
Yet, fitting everything in is quite a difficult endeavor. Deciding between doing homework, checking on unread work emails or the messages from my kids back home or refilling my daily herbs or chatting with a classmate or going to the beach are just a few of the choices I face daily in our short break times. Most of the rest of the day is filled with classes and changing into yoga clothes or our TTC uniform, worn for our lectures and for satsangs.
As I write this, I am also doing laundry and praying that things will dry quickly, as I have a class to get to in 15 minutes. Let alone, trying to go to the bathroom in between. We are allowed to use the restroom while class is going on, but then we may miss something really important from the lecture. And we never know when a hint may be given about something that will be covered on the test.
It is a rigorous schedule, and I'm learning that my time management problem stems from trying to fit in too much into the time I have. I'm just making it on time to everything, with barely a minute to spare most of the time.
It is very difficult for me to put completely aside thoughts that are unrelated to the course, and yet it is what I need to focus on doing more and more. I'm getting a little better at it, but being on time is still a virtue I'm practicing.
We've learned much this past week, and we've already been practicing teaching in pairs and once to the whole class. It's overwhelming, yet stimulating and interesting. I feel very alive and engaged in every moment of the day. I'm exhausted at the end of the evening - in a good way.
Daily we practice yoga - proper exercise, proper breathing, proper relaxation, proper diet and positive thinking and meditation. We are living yoga, and our lives are enriched by this total immersion.
I'm only half way through the course, but I have a feeling this second half will go even faster than the first 2 weeks.
I'm not sure if yoga is part of the mark I will leave on history, as Longfellow alluded to as he wrote about the sands of time.
I am certain that the path of yoga has greatly expanded my horizons and broadened my perspective. This Ayurvedic-Yogic study that I've embarked on continues to feel like a path I was meant to take.
Sending You Love from the Bahamas,🌞
Thank you for taking this journey with me!
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