Beauty. This one was tough and that's why I paired it with Savasana... I wanted this work to be done while I was asleep. Well, the joke's on me, because this entire process of filming my personal practice has been the work of this card.
A few months ago I had an inspired thought. I have been resisting suggestions that I try Louise Hay's mirror work. When I look in the mirror, I see a distorted image of myself. When I look at a photograph, it's a distorted image of myself. Because both the mirror and the photograph are two-dimensional representations of a three-dimensional person. And yet, when I look at a photograph of a loved one, I see all of them. The reason for this is that our brain fills in the gaps. I may be looking at a photograph, but I'm remembering their full self in the world. I see a certain tilt to their smile and I combine that with my memories to imagine the rest of their body language and laugh and spirit.
I have no such visual memories of myself because I'm not looking at myself while I'm engaging with the world. I don't see the love shining out of my eyes as I listen to a friend. I don't see, I feel myself being in the world.
So, in this process of filming my yoga practice, I'm experiencing my movement and meditation and then seeing myself moving and meditating. I'm consciously associating my non-visual experience with a visual. I'm intentionally filling in the gaps of the 2-dimensional visual with my 3-dimensional experience. It's not automatic. I'm probably having to create new neuronal connections between different parts of the brain. And yet, even after watching these videos with an eye for editing, asking myself if the visual representation matches up with my experience and the intention of my practice, I feel like my reaction to my 2-dimensional image is a little less disjointed and jarring.
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After burning out from a long career as a middle school/high school reading/math/science teacher, I returned to school to study massage, hypnotherapy, mindfulness, aromatherapy, and yoga.