I woke up this morning at 3:00 am because I went to bed incredibly early last night. And the night before. I’ve had some interesting dreams recently and perhaps there is something I’m searching for in my subconscious. I wake up anxious most Sunday mornings and then become irritable (irritability a symptom of anxiety as well). I heard the expression the “worried well” the other day and this seems to be my fate. I’ve been meaning to go work on my classroom every weekend and just don’t get around to it. Tried to hike yesterday so proud of my new tires and promptly got stuck. I started laughing and playing fetch with the dogs while my friend sat in the truck. I feel I create getting stuck over and over to see the folly in it all.
I’m anxious for today as I’ve taken myself off the teaching schedule at the community center and will be teaching yoga at the school. Teaching yoga used to give me the biggest shot of anxiety and I forever worry about teaching from the mat, using the same cues over and over, messing up my inhales and exhales, lefts and rights. I worry about who I will bother using essential oil at the end of class. I was able to take a few yoga classes in Denver and felt a little better about teaching. I teach from the heart, as authentic as I can be and I think I should give a little more space to myself and others to be perfectly flawed. I feel I teach the same lessons over and over: self-love, the impermanence of life, breathing as spirituality, non-violence. I’m the last person you would think would teach yoga, trembling with anxiety and questions—this is probably why I teach.
I’ve reached all my goals again in too short of a time and feel my life has somehow gotten ahead of me. I was able to get a space for an elementary school garden—bigger than I could have dreamed! I check out the brown grass and wonder who can help me in this creation. I’ll need all kinds of folks: permaculture people, production garden people, landscapers, laborers, dreamers—I can see this garden in my mind’s eye as maybe a labyrinth surrounding a grow dome. I’ve already got permission to use a grow dome space uptown and gently plop an apple core into the worm factory I inherited. I’m trying to understand what I ought do with the community space and my own garden and find myself drilling holes into a plastic garbage bin for my own homemade compost bin. That’s the best part about gardening—it’s all about slow, simple solutions.
Now what? I find myself nostalgic for hot yoga and good food in the big city and watch pictures of aspens breeze by my Facebook feed and I realize I miss Wyoming. But—when I was there I wanted more. I felt restless. And now I feel restless again because my only job is to be. To do my tasks with mindful actions and thoughts. I want to continue my play therapy practice and learn so much from all the kiddos around me. I want to follow through on my garden project and see how much more I can learn from horticulture therapy. I’ve got my eyes on all kinds of masters level classes because my pay grade goes up with every 10 credits. But, secretly, I don’t think it has anything to do with pay but everything to do with feeling proficient at something. I’m good at school and it always helps to feel good at something to start to integrate the things that are slightly beyond me.
My new goals? Dig up my utility and figure out a way to ski mostly free. Get the plans and folks for the garden project written down. Manifest it. Learn to communicate better with parents and teachers, teach some parenting groups, help my school to become trauma informed. Get a handle on this anxiety. Let go of the past, forgive those who have hurt me. Try a running race that challenges me. Quit drinking Michelob Ultra and start to see the world through sober shimmering eyes once again. Get out in the woods. Camp, hike, learn to read maps. Take more classes, but only if they are free. Save my money to spend it on my legacy. Learn the ways of the river. Dig deep for even more resourcefulness to this mostly free, as well. And as always, love myself, practice non-violence. And breathe. Always breathe.
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”
― Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation