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We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Life…. March 13, 2020

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“Life is like stepping into a boat that is about to sail out to sea and sink.”

– Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

 

Right now, in this moment, I am prepared to do what I can do, but also accepting that there is a lot I cannot do. However, all of that can change in the next moment – because that’s life; as long as we are alive everything changes.

(Say that first part with me: Right now, in this moment, I am prepared to do what I can do, but also accepting that there is a lot I cannot do.)

Right now, we are all on a sinking boat. There’s a chance we’re close to shore and can touch bottom and there’s also a chance we are way out to sea, but no one knows for sure. Some folks are screaming and jumping into what might be shark infested waters. Some folks are sitting back pretending like nothing is happening. There are folks frantically trying to bail out the water. Still others are putting on their life jackets and preservers and inflating their life boats. Bottom line: The boat is still sinking.

“The transcripts of our conversation also show how Patrick’s choice of phrasing was helpful to me. Rather than telling me what airport I had to aim for, he asked me what airport I wanted. His words let me know that he understood that these hard choices were mine to make, and it wasn’t going to help if he tried to dictate a plan to me.”

– from Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters by Chelsey B.”Sully” Sullenberger

Some people, most people, will survive and it is up to each and every one of us to do what we can do to increase the possibility of survival. In accordance with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and Yoga Alliance, consider doing the following:

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (or use appropriate hand sanitizer for 20 seconds).
  2. Clean mats, props, and gym equipment (as well as desks, phones, and door handles) frequently.
    1. If you’re using a studio/gym mat or other equipment, clean it before and after usage.
    2. If you don’t already own and use one, consider buying your own mat and/or purchasing a skidless yoga “towel” you can place over a studio mat.
    3. Cover props with a towel, bring your own props, or (when appropriate) reduce your props.
  3. Space and stagger your mats if you are coming to a group class. Take a deep breath if a class is cancelled or you are turned away because class size is limited.
  4. Practice good health and wellness habits by getting plenty of sleep, staying physically active, managing your stress, drinking plenty of (hydrating) fluids, and eating heart healthy foods.
  5. If you have been traveling (especially internationally), practice at home and avoid large groups of people for at least a week. (WHO and CDC are recommending 14 day self-isolation for people who have traveled internationally or been in contact with someone who may be ill.)
  6. If you are sick (and/or coming down with or getting over a respiratory illness), practice at home. There are lots of online resources for various types of yoga and other physical activities. (I will add links and post some sequences.)
  7. Monitor daily reports from WHO or the CDC only as much as you are able without increasing your anxiety.
  8. Practice compassion. Acknowledge that there are a lot of people suffering, in a lot of different ways. If you can help someone, without undue risk to yourself, do so.
  9. Avoid touching your face and practice coughing/sneezing etiquette.
  10. Be mindful. Be patient. Be kind. Breathe.

As I post this, my classes at the YMCA, Nokomis Yoga, and Flourish are continuing as scheduled. If, however, you purchased a Flourish package and elect not to attend classes in the next few weeks, you will be given a studio credit. Common Ground Meditation Center has cancelled all programming through March 29th. I will update my calendar as things change.

I will continue to give people the option (at the beginning of class) to opt out of hands-on assists, but the reality is that I am extremely limiting assists for the foreseeable future.

(Let’s say it again: Right now, in this moment, I am prepared to do what I can do, but also accepting that there is a lot I cannot do.)

### OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTIHI ###

 

Comments»

1. tjbushlack - March 13, 2020

I love this first line- reminds me of the serenity prayer! Be well, my friend

On Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 2:47 AM A Joyful Practice wrote:

> ajoyfulpractice posted: ““Life is like stepping into a boat that is about > to sail out to sea and sink.” – Shunryu Suzuki Roshi Right now, in this > moment, I am prepared to do what I can do, but also accepting that there is > a lot I cannot do. However, all of that can chang” >

ajoyfulpractice - March 16, 2020

Very much so! I hope you and the family are staying well! Peace to you and yours, Myra

2. Katherine - March 13, 2020

Thanks for the calm and practical content for our consideration! So appreciated.

ajoyfulpractice - March 16, 2020

You’re more than welcome! Stay well!

3. Erin Lewis - March 13, 2020

Thanks Myra! I’m staying away from the gym for a little while but I’ll miss you and appreciate your support from afar :).

Stay safe, Erin

On Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 2:46 AM A Joyful Practice wrote:

> ajoyfulpractice posted: ““Life is like stepping into a boat that is about > to sail out to sea and sink.” – Shunryu Suzuki Roshi Right now, in this > moment, I am prepared to do what I can do, but also accepting that there is > a lot I cannot do. However, all of that can chang” >

ajoyfulpractice - March 16, 2020

Stay healthy and well, and I’ll see you on the other end of this!. Peace, Myra

4. Julie Kendrick - March 14, 2020

blessings to you, dear one

ajoyfulpractice - March 16, 2020

Blessing to you, my dear friend! Hope this weekend went well. Peace to you and yours, M

5. Renee - March 16, 2020

Thank you Myra. I missed your class yesterday with a lot of ambivalence. Let me know is you do any online classes, or maybe YouTube videos??? I appreciate your thoughtful entries. Right now in this moment, I am prepared to do what I can do, but also accepting that there is a lot I cannot do.

ajoyfulpractice - March 17, 2020

Yes, I am missing you all as well. I am working on posting classes on my YouTube channel, and maybe streaming. We will see how tomorrow works out. Take care and stay well, Myra


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