It is, at times, difficult to remember that I am more than one. I am not just an artist. I am not just a yogini. I am not just a poet. I am not just a crazy cat lady. There is more to my life and being than these collections of expressions and actions.
I forget. I forget and beat myself into shame because today I can't do the yoga practice I should. Or I belittle myself because I have not cleaned my home. Sound familiar? You are also not just one. You are, if we are going to wax Buddhist for a moment, everything.
It's like I forget, at times, that being human is a thing that involves letting some things go and not always being successful at every endeavor. We are a reflection of the myriad and actualities of the world. Meaning we ebb and flow in success and failure. But, that is yoga. And that is art. And that is cats; in spades (they knock things over and sleep on everything you try to work on)! I secretly believe cats to be impressive teachers of dharma.
Before I drift too far off point, let me put forth a rumination. Enjoy the lack of practice when it happens, allow that space to be filled in other ways, even if it is, quite literally, with nothing. Enjoy the practice when it is there as it is there. Hard, I know. Perhaps though, it is time to stop trying to force and to begin allowing. To start to find a bit more yin in our behaviors.
Love long and prosper,
Jocelynne Lowans is an animated Yogini-Artist on a mission to deepen the creative experience and growth of the world while remaining a crazy cat lady.