The morning began like every other morning. I woke, came down the stairs in the house where I’m taking care of Frodo the Magical Golden Retriever, and opened my notebook to check emails while the coffee brewed. (The dream I had last August of continuing the morning meditation and yoga practice begun during Yin Teacher Training has collapsed. Old habits die hard – but that’s for another post.)
On this Saturday, my heart just wasn’t in the emails. Or working on my novel The Growing Season. I wanted more from the day than the same old routine. And so I put down the laptop and picked up Gil Hedley’s Reconceiving My Body, cozied up on the couch, and opened to the first page.
Six hours later – with a few breaks for lunch and dog walking – I read the last sentence, “I truly appreciate your interest” and closed the book.
I’ve mentioned Gil Hedley before. I’ve posted his “Fuzz Speech” online, as have many of my friends from Yin training. I’ll be participating in a one-day anatomy intensive with Hedley in February and a one-week cadaver intensive in April. Reading this book was the beginning of my preparation for these workshops.
The thing is, Gil Hedley is an odd duck. Admittedly, so am I.
Reconceiving My Body is a love story. Sort of. It’s the story of how Hedley went from wanna-be-Priest to PhD to Tai Chi Guy to Rolfer to Somanaut to Husband to Father. It’s a deeply personal story and yet the story he tells belongs to everyone. Who hasn’t struggled with faith, with sexuality, with finding their path? How many travel through life playing the role of the victim until we finally learn to take personal responsibility for our actions? Ultimately it is trust – not faith – that leads to redemption.
Good teachers are hard to find. Based on what I’ve seen, what I’ve heard and now, what I’ve read – I found one.
(I know, I know…you’re heads are still wrapping around the idea of a “cadaver intensive.” That’s all right. So’s mine.)