When I began to consider self-care – what it meant and how I could care for myself more without caring for others less – I really believed it was just a matter of reduced screen time, more quiet time and a few walks around the block. I believed it was that easy.
As it happens, self-care manifests differently depending on who you are and where you are in your life. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that we deserve to be cared for just as much as anyone else. That’s a big one for me, believing I deserve it. Believing I’m worthy of care.
Thomas Wolff wrote: “You can’t go back home to your family, back home to your childhood … back home to a young man’s dreams of glory and of fame … back home to places in the country, back home to the old forms and systems of things which once seemed everlasting but which are changing all the time — back home to the escapes of Time and Memory.”
And yet, if I want to connect the dots of my rambling life, if I want to heal and move forward, then I must take a huge step back and look at the past I abandoned so many years ago. I’ve booked my ticket, hotel and rental car and in September I’m going home for the first time in twenty-eight years.
This won’t be easy but I’m going to embrace every good, bad, ugly and thrilling moment.
Fortunately, before I go East I’m headed to the Land of Medicine Buddha on the Pacific coast in Soquel, California. I’ll be attending Paul Grilley’s Yin Yoga Workshop. Fourteen days of meditation, yoga, instruction and vegetarian food with no internet access.
I’ve wanted to attend Grilley’s teacher training since 2008 but each year I managed to talk myself out of it. I’m glad that I’ve finally overcome (or at least set aside) the fear and insecurity I had about attending.
I suppose you’re wondering about the fear and insecurity. Let’s not go there. I’ll just say my fears walk a fine line between the rational and irrational.
On a final, practical note: if you attend my classes either at California Yoga Center in Palo Alto or at Avenidas, you can find details on who is subbing for me while I’m gone and important dates regarding the summer and fall quarters by clicking on the Classes page.