Friday, February 8, 2008

Morning Ritual (100x19)

Listen: doves calling outside. Breathe in, breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Open your eyes. Throw legs over the side of the bed and sit up. Breathe. Stand up. Walk to living room, lower yourself to the rug. Asana: cat stretch. Roll over on your back. Extend arms from sides to overhead, then back down as if flapping your wings. Repeat. Raise one leg, use hands behind knee to stretch the thigh muscles toward the chest. Do the other leg, then both. Ten crunches. Ten situps. Ten pelvic thrusts. Stand. Raise arms, stretch side to side. Asana: salute the sun.

Process Reflection: This is the first five minutes of my day, pretty much every day. I had thought about trying to go through the whole workout (this is about the first third)but I saw I was going to run way short on words, so I just worked on bringing this in clean as a sort of prose poem in praise of the morning rite that keeps my body going.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Listen to the Salutation of the Dawn!
Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life,
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence:
The bliss of growth
The glory of action
The splendor of beauty,
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow only a vision,
But today well lived makes every yesterday
a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day!
Such is the salutation of the dawn.