Equanimity

I am working on a full yoga class with invocation, warm-ups, asanas, peak pose, cool down poses followed by savasana. The peak pose is one of my favorites “Tree” or vrksasana. We were asked to create a theme based on heart qualities and I chose equanimity partly because I like the way the word sounds but mostly because it means staying calm and balanced in the midst of awfulness. Resonates in the time of Covid. We have several months to develop the class and it is an amazing process. I believe that in time, I will be able to facilitate and hour long yoga class. The purpose of taking this year long teacher training is to deepen my counseling practice which is already been happening. I am grateful for this opportunity. It’s been a silver lining during the pandemic.

Toby is doing better with more structure, more outside time and more lessons. Anyways, today he is a more chill puppy. We hope that he will sleep in his crate all night long in our bedroom.

Dreamers

The House passes a bill which gives 1 million migrant farm workers a path to citizenship. Is the legislature finally taking on this issue instead of kicking the can down the road? There are 4 million Dreamers waiting confirmation of their existence and their right to citizenship.

When I arrived home last night, Craig said “I didn’t have a minute to myself. It’s like being with a baby all day.” There were several accidents due to a laissez-faire approach to puppy raising. Craig vowed to create more structure and consistency today. I cannot wait to hear about it tonight.

Toby

I missed a day. I was sleep deprived from our first night with German Shepherd puppy Toby. He cried all the way from Johnson to St. Johnsbury. I thought “what if he doesn’t like us?” It turns out he loves us. Loves the house, loves the outside, loves his toy. Notes to self: Toby needs more toys. He sleeps in a box lined with a towel dried off on his mom Ava. Last night, I said “Toby it’s time to go to sleep.” He curled up in the box and stayed there. Craig reports that he needed to go outside to do his business twice during the night. It’s good to have a dog in our home again. So far, he sits on command and comes when we call him. He looks humbled when you tell him no. You know, when he is pulling on the blanket or nipping on your fingers. He rang the bells this morning, so I took him outside to do his business. He hasn’t been trained to associate the two events but it was fun anyways. Toby is exactly what we need right now.