Thoughts on Hemingway, Yoga, and Downtime
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
My dream car is sitting in the garage, a 2014 MINI Cooper Countryman S.
I mentioned the car in a recent post but I’ve been reluctant to talk about the enormous stress that came with the car. I am a bit embarrassed.
The MINI people told me I have to name the car. Apparently it’s a cultural requirement.
I fretted and stewed and kept coming up empty. Nothing fit. I nearly settled on Loretta, from the Beatles lyrics, “get back, Loretta,” because I wanted something kind of badass.
Those Beatles lyrics are too confusing, though. Loretta may have been a man in high-heeled shoes and a low-neck sweater; not a bad thing but not the image I’m looking for.
Then, someone on social media posted the above Hemingway quote, one I didn’t know. Creating memories and staying present to milestones–perfect for a MINI! And since I’m about to put her on the road to go see my new great-nephew Cooper (Can you believe the synchronicity?), the quote is perfect.
Plus, one of the items I checked off my bucket list a few years back was touring Hemingway’s Key West home and writing studio.
Just like that, my new MINI is named: Hemingway. But she’s a she Hemingway.
Now, about yoga
Nearly all my blogging colleagues and mentors practice yoga. I know a few poses but have convinced myself that my chronic back condition won’t allow me to join them in practice. Nonsense, I know.
My chiropractor gave me a DVD of sri sri yoga, which I guess is basically hatha yoga. I’m committed now to watch it and learn. Here’s why:
I read an Associated Press story in today’s Dallas Morning News about a Chicago woman who teaches yoga classes to residents of Edgewood, one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the metro. Check it out here. Tameka Lawson is the executive director of a nonprofit group called I Grow Chicago.
Lawson’s aim is to help residents “act rather than react” to the violence around them by teaching them yoga’s meditative focus on breathing and slow movements.
How’s that for focusing on a solution instead of the problem? If yoga can work in Chicago’s Edgewood, I’m thinking it can work for just about anybody.
Finally, taking some downtime
I wonder if you struggle with slowing down as much as I do. Last Friday, my sweetie had surgery to repair a detached retina. A routine surgery, but scary as hell, I can assure you. She’s doing just fine, by the way, and the retina is reattached, although her vision won’t clear for about a month.
As her caregiver, I was taken aback by the exhaustion I felt for most of the weekend. At first, I tried to push through it on Friday afternoon, but my body screamed for rest. Ditto on Saturday.
So, I gave in, let go of my self-prescribed obligations and spent the weekend resting. I even checked out of social media which is a hard thing for me. Instead, I napped, snacked (back to healthy eating today!) and read a book. A real book, mind you.
I have a half-dozen books in my office study waiting for me; they’ve been there for months. One has even gathered dust for a little more than four years. That’s the one I picked.
The title? To Have and Have Not, by–wait for it–Ernest Hemingway. Thanks, Papa, for a great weekend read, oh, and for the inspiration to name my car.
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