I guess I always wanted an exciting life but never expected it to be so fast. In our last seminar we worked on developing a sense of expectancy, the antidote to stress and expectations. Expectancy is this feeling that anything might happen. It is waking in the morning with the sense that good things are coming your way today, you have no idea what but they will and then you get up and put your pants on.
So my day started with the following quote “Yoga does things with the human body which are beyond our imagination. There they are, before our eyes, via images arriving instantaneously from vast distances…” This was part of a 35 word article by non other than the Cuban President Fidel Castro! He has always been a bit of a secret hero of mine for his spectacular rants easily holding the world record for the longest speech of 7 hours 30 minutes. His first speech in the United Nations was a mere 4 hours and 30 minutes. I think my best is just shy of 50 minutes so still much to learn and now he has turned to yoga and 35 words.
Then I left the hotel in Wuhan for the airport and flew to Shanghai. I had been asked by a friend of mine for help. A couple that were friends of his had lost their baby, who had died 10 days after birth. In China there is a tradition that after a mother gives birth she retires indoors for 30 days, eating simply and not allowing the wind to touch her face. No one had told the mother of the loss of her child, as they feared that she might lose it and hurt herself. Meanwhile the mother had spread the good news on the Internet without the knowledge that her child had passed. They asked me to tell her as she had attended a number of my workshops and had attended with the purpose that they would have a child.
She was on day 30 and was expecting to see her child the following day. The shock on her face and her anguish took us all deep within ourselves and the emotions that followed poured out of us. It must have been a strange sight in a very stoical traditional Chinese family to watch this grieving process accompanied with so much emotion but we came through it feeling grace and gratitude for each other. While there were still many emotions when we left some time later, fear was not one of them.
Back at the hotel in a beautiful Chinese city with wide boulevards, no traffic and clean air I contemplated my own recovery. I still have numbness in my legs and walking is not always easy or smooth but each day I can feel new nerve endings reconnecting in my spine and new discoveries are made.
And that was my Monday.