As a visual analogy, perhaps my favorite kitchen tool is the lime juicer I bought a few months ago from Sur La Table. It was something like $20 for a metal/plastic tool which has only one purpose, turn limes into juice. I think it is my favorite tool because of how effective it is compared to my bare hands. I think I spend an inordinate amount of time in my life trying to figure out how to be more like that lime juicer, how to get every last little drop of juice our of myself. The analogy is that the juicer is my mind and the lime is my body, my self, my physical incarnation. Together the two can be in harmony, but it takes a level of precision and alignment. The lime juicer takes maintenance and cleaning, just as my mind does.
Today's class (which isn't on the schedule and is in the middle of the Chargers/Falcons game so it should be pretty quiet) has a theme of "Roll with it." Because life has been just a little too heavy this week for me. But heavy is also what I like. I need to constantly remind myself to just roll with the punches, to take it all in stride, to not react emotionally when things seem to be rough or unfair or over the top. Because after a night of sleep, after some calm perspective, nothing is as big of a deal as it might seem in the moment.
There have been many moments this week when I've truly felt blessed. Blessed at how my present life is going, blessed at the potential for continued wonder and experience in the future, and blessed at my rich past, the privileges I have and the wonderful people who surround me and enrich my life.