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Location: California

I love paper. Books printed on acid-free paper and bound in cloth turn me on. I'm crazy about bookmarks, and I buy too many stickers. I could spend hours in the build-your-own-greeting card section of my neighborhood craft store. My favorite thing to eat is bread, and my second favorite is fruit. (Mm, pineapple.) I read too much and too fast, and I watch too many food shows (two ways of looking at gluttony). Gloomy, rainy weather calms me and so I can't wait to move out of California, which will happen, sadly, too many years from now to count. I'm vegan, though I haven't managed to eliminate honey from my diet yet. I practice yoga; it's the only way I can keep fit. I have a better life than I ever imagined I would (or deserve to) have, but I do my best to enjoy it rather than feel guilty about it. That's my daily struggle -- and also to be thoughtful and observant and honest with myself.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Self Portrait As Crane

This is a yoga pose that seemed impossible to me when I started practicing. It seems like a small miracle to me every time I get into it in my practice these days. There's a yoga sutra that teaches the correct way to practice yoga: for a long period of time, without interruption, with full dedication, and without concern for the results of the practice. I can't say that this sutra is very encouraging. For me it's counterintuitive not to think about the results of my practice, in yoga or anything else. But I do see the value of being present in the moment of doing something, so present that the past and the future, what you've accomplished and what you haven't yet accomplished, become irrelevant. I'm working towards this: to think of the effort as an end in itself, independent of what the fruit of that effort is. It's enough work to last a few lifetimes.


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