It was hot and windy today! Margo was driving me just a little bit crazy. Nothing major, but just a little tired from a big day, the day before. And, well, the wind always makes kids nuts. Goldie didn’t want to sleep much because she is just about learn a new skill… Rolling over from her back to her tummy. She’s soooo close! But, every time she almost gets to her tummy, that deadweight bottom arm gets in the way, and she doesn’t know how to move it yet! From what I learned with Margo, once they hit a certain age where they start achieving certain motor skills, like rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, etc. All they want to do is practice it. Forget sleep! Normally, I wouldn’t mind and I would just wear her around on me, in a sling as I went around doing my normal house stuff. But, like I said, it was really hot today, so even though I don’t mind, it was sweaty and sticky!
You see, I was getting ready for some people to come over the house in the evening for a breathing/meditation session. Over ten years ago, I did my first Art of Living course. Amongst other awesomely cool things on the course, we learned a breathing technique called Sudarshan Kriya. Sudarshan Kriya is a practice you can do every day (and I have been doing it every day since I learned it), takes only about 20 minutes and makes a HUGE difference in the quality of your day. I’m talking HUGE! Even though you can do it everyday, you can get together in a group, in most big towns and cities and you can find a place that offers weekly follow up sessions. There you get to do a special long Sudarshan Kriya in a group. The long Sudarshan Kriya leaves you feeling all squeaky clean and refreshed, ready to go for the rest of the week. Well… for me, since I was pregnant and taking care of a newborn, I didn’t exactly get a chance to do this long Sudarshan Kriya for a loooong time… like over 9 months! Our local group sort of stopped meeting so frequently during this time and after nearly four months of doing the toddler/baby routine, since Goldie was born, I was sorely missing my weekly long Sudarshan Kriya sessions!
So, I did my best to round up the troops. Getting everyone out on a Sunday evening, at the beginning of summer, with Christmas only a few weeks away, to do some breathing and meditation is not an easy task. But, we gathered a handful of people, set the date, time, place. We realised it would be easiest to do the breathing at our house, since Art could just take the girls for a walk, while we were breathing. That would minimize the amount of time I had to be away from Goldie, should she need me (or my boobs for that matter).
What would have normally taken me only a couple hours to get ready for, took me the whole day while caring for two children! Just had to clean up the place, vacuum, sweep, tidy up, make some food, etc. All with a sweaty baby on me! Ok, I’ll confess, I even mopped the floor the day before, because I knew I would be running out of time. Like I said, Margo was driving me nuts, Goldie wasn’t sleepy and I was sweating like crazy! Art was at work, so he couldn’t really help me to get ready until just an hour before the people were coming over. But, anyway… with much exhaustion and frustration, got the house extra cleaned up (really, I just like any excuse to clean the house), cooked some vegetarian food for after the session and perfectly timed Goldie’s feed to within a few minutes of when everyone arrived.
Everyone gets there and Maria, who came to lead the session, is playing with the cassette player (yes, cassette player), before the session… you need a cassette player for it. And… the volume control dial broke! BROKEN! Out of service. Not in commission! I took one look at Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s picture (founder of the Art of Living Foundation), which I have sitting on a table in our living room. And said in my head, in my most complaining mind ‘Oh…. come on… really!!!!’. But… hmmm… I’ve been in these type of situations before, I knew somehow, someway, it was going to work out, and if it didn’t well, then what can you do?! Luckily Art used to be an electrical engineer student. ‘ART!!!! ‘, I yelled, ‘HELP! FIX IT!!!!’. So, out came the tool box, and within minutes, he had the thing fixed and we got to do our totally awesome breathing and meditation session. After the session, I opened my eyes and felt like a new woman! SUPER MOMMY! Woohoo! Lots of energy, patience, love, all those good virtues that you need when dealing with children (ok, or when dealing with anyone). Art took the girls out to the playground while we did our meditation and when he came back with them, they were happy, not even missing me at all. We all ate the food. I even made so much that I won’t have to cook tomorrow! Score!
There is a saying that many people use who have done Art of Living courses: ‘Jai Gurudev‘. Means something like, ‘victory to the big mind’. If you ever go to the Art of Living ashram in India though, ‘Jai Gurudev‘ can also mean, ‘hello’, ‘goodbye’, ‘excuse me‘, or like I would have used it tonight, ‘THANK GOD!’. I really need my breathing and meditation session, thank you very much! And, thank God that Art had fixed that tape player so that we were able to breath after all of those months of missing it! Thank God the people came to my house, instead of doing something else on a Sunday afternoon, and thank God that the girls weren’t screaming and miserable when they came home from their walk. There have probably been more serious things that have qualified as ‘Jai Gurudev‘ moments. But, when all things small and large come together with relative grace and ease (albeit slightly sweaty and irritating in the process)… well, that’s surely a victory to me 🙂