Monday, February 16, 2009

Mantra Monday: The secret is to begin. (Revisited)

Four to six days a week, you'll find me up and and on my way to practice bright and early in the morning. Systematically over the past nine months, my asana practice has evolved. As I see it, one of the many beauties of the ashtanga system and practicing Mysore style is that as your body grows in strength and flexibility there is more to discover within what you've learned. If you had said to me that in nine months, I would have received pasasana, the first pose of second series this morning, I don't know if I would have believed it possible. Granted, my pasasna did not look anything whatsoever like the link provided, but it was a start.

Over the past couple weeks I've been thinking, there has to be a way to apply this systematic growth of an Ashtanga practice to Art. I have had so many ideas jumbled around in my head, back logged and beginning to slam against the breakwater. I just didn't know where to start. Just welling up inside, like right before I began standing from urdhva dhanurasana.

But how to begin?!

Do I go back to my painting? What about my bass wood? Do I pull out my hammers and torches and begin pounding on metal?

Then I realized, I just needed to look around my apartment, pick something and begin. Like the first sun salutation, I just need to start. Like self-practicing, I just needed to stay with it and work through it. No dawdling making tea, writing emails, baking cookies, or cleaning. Just let it come on its own.

I set up a drafting lamp on my dinner table and pulled out my $2.99 Benny's chess set. A pencil and just kept on sketching pawns. One, two, three - moving the light. I kept myself from using an eraser to allow myself to make "mistakes" and work with them. Soon they smoothed themselves out. I've always had a thing for the Knight. So at some point, I added him to my sketches.

I lost track of all time.

Over 4 hours of sitting.
Sitting with my chess set.
A sketch book.
An HB pencil. A pencil sharpener.
An eraser.
A drafting brush.

Sitting. Drawing. Loving every minute.


Anonymous said...

Wow!!! I don't know whether to congratulate you more on the beautiful drawing or the great (incredible, and well deserved) progress with yoga. Maybe for both ;)

Many hugs!


Anonymous said...

Wow - congratulations! It sounds like you're making a lot of progress - and your drawing and yoga practice are beautiful.

Yoga is amazing - I went to a class yesterday and it totally helped loosen my chest up from the asthmatic stuff. I couldn't beleive it!

alfia said...

Congratulation! Welcome to the second. This is awesome!

The sketch is beautiful. You are very talented, Portside. :)

Word - Sting. I was just listening to the Thousand years!