December 16, 2009

I’ve been going to the North Shore Yoga Co-op ever since I got here, and I feel I need to write about how wonderful it is.

The classes are by donation, and they accept donations on the honor system. They don’t ask for a dollar amount, like the metropolitan museum’s “$15 donation” admission. It really is a pay-what-you-can system. Which I think is wonderful, because I have no job and can’t pay much. But one day, when I do have a job, I would feel honored to pay more, because the classes are so wonderful.

So, aside from the classes being affordable, they are held several times a day, at several different levels, and with these fantastic instructors. I have been to several different yoga classes in my life, but I feel now that I had never been to a real yoga class until now. The instructors have such a deep understanding of all of the positions, knowing exactly what adjustments each student needs to make to get deeper into the pose. There are so many poses that I had always done wrong, and a simple correction was all it took to get me to understand what my body was supposed to be feeling. But not only do they understand all of the poses, they instruct each class with a different routine, always leaving the body feeling balanced at the end. So they might be focusing on one part of the body during the class, but they know exactly what to do to make sure that during the final savasana you can clear your mind, instead of focusing on the pain in your knee or back or whatnot.

The part I like most (but also the part I didn’t go to yoga for  in the first place) is the spiritual aspect. They aren’t preaching anything or being forceful about the spiritual aspect, but many of the instructors invite you to set an intention for your practice that day. Often they will guide you even more. For example, today the instructor reminded us a few times to actively “let go”. Before the  savasana, she had us take a deep breath in, telling ourselves “Let”, and then while breathing out  tell ourselves “Go”.

Let Go. That simple instruction meant so much to me today, after having spent the past month trying to find a job, with hardly a nibble back. Tonight I had to realize that I need to just let go. I need to realize that there are times when all of my trying, all of my searching and calling and writing and searching some more, will not get me anywhere. I need to just let go, and accept that the doors that need to open will open when it is time. Obviously, now is not the time. And this is not to say that I should sit back and do nothing. I should still search and call and write, but now I can take the pressure off of myself. It will happen when it is supposed to happen. And if the money starts to run out, and still nothing is happening, I need to make a bigger change (like moving closer to town). But for now, I can just let go. It’s ok.

Needless to say,  I’m totally hooked on the North Shore Yoga Co-op. I look forward to yoga all day, and it is the best way for me to bring everything into perspective.

Poseidon must be angry

December 8, 2009

A huge swell started coming in last night, resulting in some ginormous waves. And they’re going to keep getting bigger for the next couple of days, if the predictions are correct.

Everybody was buzzing about it last night. Filippo’s friends were telling me that our house was going to be washed away. Apparently, the last swell this big was in the 60’s, and houses went floating down the highway. So we packed up our valuables (basically just our few electronics and important papers), and put them in the car, which was poised for a speedy getaway.

With all this time off, I’ve been trying not to eat too much junk food, but since I was a bit scared for my life, we embraced the opportunity to buy some peanut butter cookies from Foodland. For a little while I sat on the porch, eating cookies  with milk and watching the waves in the darkness, but I couldn’t really see much so I went to bed.

At 5:30 I woke up to the sound of traffic outside. It was still dark, and the waves still sounded far away, so I figured we made it through. Still I went out on the porch to see. My imagination expected to see fish up on the lawn, but all I could see were some puddles from the rain. The water did seem closer to the wall, but it was still too dark to see.

I tried to go back to sleep, but had a hard time with all the traffic noise. I thought it was weird that so many people were driving to work at 5:30, and later realized that they were all driving to the bay to see the huge waves. It’s been bumper-to-bumper all day, and it’s now 6pm.

Filippo took the scooter to watch the bay, but I chose to stay home and avoid the chaos. He said the surfers out there are getting pounded by 65-foot waves. Apparently the lifeguards are using loudspeakers to communicate with surfers stuck in the water, giving them instructions and telling them not to panic. I just can’t understand why they would be out there in the first place. “To catch the wave of their lives!” Filippo tells me….Still sounds like a death wish to me.

Let the Holidays Begin!

December 7, 2009

Update time! A lot has happened since my last post. My parents and sister came to visit and we had thanksgiving with my cousin’s family at their marina. We all went “Snuba” diving (which is a cross between snorkeling and scuba), and had to put up with an obnoxious instructor who illegally fed and touched the turtles. We hiked to Maunawili Falls, slipping through the mud until we found some waterfalls to jump off. We snorkeled at Hanauma Bay, watched parts of the Triple Crown of Surfing at Sunset Beach, sailed into the sunset, and stood in the pouring rain for the opening ceremony of the Eddie Aikau Invitational. Obviously, I’ve been having fun.

It’s feeling more and more like home here. Our roommate (who is great, by the way) put up a Christmas tree, so it smells wonderful all the time. We’re all unpacked and our room is feeling more cozy with a few new personal touches. I still don’t have a job, but now that my family isn’t visiting anymore, I can get back to focusing on applications. I still can’t believe I live here….Life is good.

Here’s some photos of the highlights of the last couple weeks: