January 10, 2013

Sometimes You Just Have to Be Your Own Superhero.




I’ve kind of had a hero fixation lately.

Actually, it’s not new, but I have been thinking about it more the past few days.

I think all of us have parts of us that want to be heroic, and parts of us that want to be rescued. Today, for me, was the latter half of the equation.

I didn’t sleep much.

I was so tired, that I decided I’d take a shower before my practice to try and wake up a little more (hot water plus pink peppermint soap usually equals more alertness). I did that thing where you sort of lay your head on the shower wall and extend forward and kind of sleep on the wall for awhile. So good.

(Eco-tip: if you are going to take more than one shower a day, try to showerpool for one of them.)

So I got out, dressed and ready to practice and I was still feeling sort of downtrodden and tired and in need of some sort of rescue. As I moved through my first few sun salutes, I felt a little better. And better still as the practice went on. By the time I reached savasana, I did feel a little more heroic and ready to conquer the world (or at least the day and the forty million emails waiting for me).

I lie there thinking that maybe as much as we are put on this earth to help others, an important part of our work is how we rescue ourselves.

A good friend told me recently that security isn’t something we find out there, somewhere. It’s something we give to ourselves.

My yoga practice is part of how I rescue myself. It’s part of how I rescue myself—from myself.

I may not be Batgirl (despite the panties), but little by little I remember that I am the hero in my story. My morning sadhana is part of what reminds me.

On that note, all good superheroes need a breakfast of champions:

Superhero-worthy Smoothie for One.

1/2 cup frozen raspberries

1/2 frozen banana

1 cup coconut milk or almond milk

1 Tablespoon raw cacao

1 Tablespoon Maca

Throw it in the blender. Awesome.


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