If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. - Ursula K. LeGuin

Friday, September 16, 2011


I enjoyed this list the other day.  I enjoyed it because I like lists; it's a good list; and it made me think. Mostly I liked it because it made me think about what I do and I really enjoy thinking about what I do. I particularly enjoy thinking about what I do while I am doing it.

I enjoy yoga because to learn it you need to think about what you are doing while you are doing it. You need to be aware of your body and the posture and your body in the posture.  While you are doing all this thinking and posturing and thinking about posturing, you can suddenly become aware that you are aware of your body in the posture.

I really enjoy that.

When I write I am thinking about what I am writing and I'm thinking about how I'm writing while I'm writing.  I enjoy writing because, like yoga, it is really difficult to get everything to align correctly but when it clicks into place it feels wonderful.  I enjoy both writing and yoga because they feel like great big puzzles I have to figure out.  No matter how many times I solve the puzzle, there is a new one waiting for me.

The psychology of flow involves getting beyond awareness but I find it so much more fascinating to hover above it; to live in the land of meta-awareness.


MFA Mama said...

I hadn't seen that list; it inspired me to add a search feature :)

Joan Kane Nichols said...

I think I've lived in the land of meta-awareness (love the name) since I was nine years old. Sometimes I long to take a vacation and visit some other land.

Annie said...

I enjoyed this post, and your paragraph about yoga. I enjoy that feeling, too, when I am doing my exercises, including some simple yoga- Awareness of the posture, brings awareness of the body in the posture, and it feels good, bringing endorphins, too!