Yesterday was uneventful. Rob had a gig and Rei and Marc were all working so I had the luxury of being home alone most of the day. In other words, I enjoyed silence. Lots of silence. Late in the day I discovered a website (I suppose much the way Columbus discovered America given that it was here and populated and all but I digress). On this website you can go to the download center and watch yoga classes for free! I watched a beginning yoga class and was very pleased with what I saw. I then watched a kundalini one and that one was more intense. I am not sure that I could do some of it because of my vertigo but I can say with confidence that the workout would definitely result in some sweating. I was surprised that there were no warning to the person watching re the breath work that they were doing.
They update a new class daily which bumps the last class on this list off the archives. I haven't figured out how to download a class but maybe that is just as well. My computer would get horribly cluttered. What is nice is that they have beginning level classes as well as intermediate and it looks like they try to mix up what will be uploaded to the archives so as to have a good mix of levels. I will be trying this website on for size on those days when I feel a need to do a little more yoga. (Today . . . tight hamstrings . . . ouch!)
This morning I finished reading Journeying with Julian as part of my exploration of Catholicism. This was an easy choice for me because I had the book on my shelf and I love Julian of Norwich's writings. This book was okay. I probably only (mostly?) found it interesting because of my own admiration for Julian. Had I not been interested in her, I think this book would have bored me before I even reached the author's discussion of Julian's theology. About half of the book is given over to historical information meant to contextualize the time in which Julian was writing. Perhaps this didn't interest me because I was already very familiar with the time. I don't know that his focusing so much on the politics, Black Death, etc., would have interested someone who was not aware of these things already. Perhaps if it had all been new(s) to me then I would have been more patient. As it was, I kept waiting for him to get to where he discussed Julian's mystical experience.
In other words, I would recommend this book only if you have already read and enjoyed Julian of Norwich's Revelations. Next on my reading list is a book on Mary and then I am off to Spain with Teresa of Avila and her Interior Castle.
Greater in battle than the man who would conquer a thousand-thousand men, is he who would conquer just one--himself.-Dhammapada, 8, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu