It has been a while since I last posted. In that time, I studied meditation techniques and learned a good bit just by reading the recommended books and by doing the homework. The surprising thing was that I got more out of doing the homework than I got out of the class. I guess I should have done my homework with more attention and more often in school, all those years.
The homework was just a chart that goes on the wall with about six months' worth of squares to fill in. Each day is a square and each square gets its date written in at the beginning of the week. Each day that I do yoga, I get a "Y" and each day that I meditate, I get an "M". If I do neither, then the date goes in the block, but the block is blank.
I find myself very motivated to fill those blocks in. I have been keeping track for five weeks and I just started the sixth week. I find myself getting more and more Y's and M's. And, as a result, my yoga practice has really improved. I was able to transition from crow pose into tripod headstand for the second time ever last week.
I have also been becoming more aware of all my habits, since my mind is a bit clearer from all the yoga and meditation. I have studied how much money I spend on coffee, among other things, and switched to instant packs instead of Starbucks. I also find myself drinking green tea instead.
Little things becoming habits turns habits into a good life. I thought I would get a lot out of that weekend. But instead, I got a lot out of one sheet of the homework.