1.24.2011

OM COINCIDENCE

Every once in a while something magical happens and the lines link up, and all sorts of connections get activated. I was recently reading Margaret Roach's excellent blog, A Way to Garden. Actually, I think of it as a web magazine. Margaret has a new book coming out; it is about moving from her busy city life as an editor to the solitude of a country house and garden. The title alone, And I Shall Have Some Peace There, is beautiful. She was writing about a new friend, someone she met kismetly (if I may), a writer named Katrina Kenison. Katrina also has a new book out called The Gift of An Ordinary Day. As you can imagine, the title piqued my interest. So did Katrina's video, which has become the most viewed book-related YouTube posting. It is quite moving--treat yourself to eight minutes of pleasure.

I wrote to Margaret to thank her for introducing a new writer. Katrina saw that, and then saw my Edith Pearlman post, and wrote to me, because it turns out she was the editor of The Best American Short Stories series, in which she included Edith Pearlman. Then Leslie Brunetta wrote to say that Edith Pearlman had been the one to help her and her partner get an agent for their wondrous book on spiders. Naturally, emails have been flying back and forth.

Meantime, I have started taking yoga classes more seriously, part of my new year resolutions. It is just too cold and icy to take long walks. I have loved doing yoga for decades, but I always drop it and then wonder why, if something makes me feel so good, I don't keep going back for more...? I got to my class, and there was my old friend Laura Jacobs, the author of two wonderful novels, The Bird Catcher and Women About Town, as well as extraordinary essays on ballet. In The Bird Catcher, Laura writes about taxidermy as if it were a meditation technique. She's amazing. I know, I know, our shelves are already groaning with books. But I love being surrounded with unread books; they are a hedge against the end of time.

We lay our mats down side by side and stretched and bent and practically growled into our cat poses. Soon I felt like we were five year olds in kindergarten, crouched under our desks, honing our bomb survival skills. Child's pose does that to me every time. So does Happy Baby. (Who thought up these names?)

So there I was in down dog, one of my favorite poses, along with corpse pose...when I suddenly thought, hey, I could become a yoga instructor. We need people who can teach our older bodies--we simply don't move the way we did when we were twenty. I don't, anyway. I think my friends Zoe and Caroline still do, but that's another story.

I got back to find an email from Katrina saying that she was about to launch herself into a big adventure, as if publishing a book weren't enough. She's going to Kripalu to take classes to certify as a yoga instructor. I just love it when the stars line up in such a way that a new constellation of acquaintances sparkle into our lives.

11 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I'm a big fan of Ms. Kenison's work (and yours, too!), so of course I read this with interest. The world is an incredibly small place. I recently learned of Kripalu and signed up for their catalog just to dream. Someday I hope to go there and take classes. Enjoy your new venture!

c said...

aha, recognition again!

Yes, I sign up for yoga, get my gear lined up, attend a few sessions, and ...

just one thought - if you are thinking while posing ... need to slow down more ;-)

thanks for the links, i'm off to the bookstore.

Margaret Roach said...

...and of course (though my 12-year-old yoga practice seems to have eluded me) I call myself Spider Woman regularly (spiders are my people!) and I live down the road from Kripalu and and and and and...

...the circle completes itself.

Thank you, Dominique. Love this connectivity stuff as much as you do. Happy days!

karensandburg said...

where do i sign up! i just looked at the kripalu site and it looks fantastic ... "the key to my heart rests in the heart of another"...

my husband and i recently went to canyon ranch which was lovely -- by the end of it, i felt i was floating away ... all those saunas and massage and the sound of my flip flops walking along the paths, but i must say they fell short in one area (only) and that was the lectures which were not particularly inspiring or even that informative. one was so bad that jeff and i both had to stifle ourselves from screeching with laughter. kripalu's talks look ever so much more tantalizing...

i too have taken yoga and not continued practice. i even took a pregancy yoga class and learned how to scream. turns out i didn't need a yoga class for that!

pamingram said...

Given all of these coincidences and your upcoming visit to India,here's a link to a blog that might be of interest:

http://ayurvedaintranslation.wordpress.com/about-2/

Ivy Ingram is a Kripalu certified Yoga Teacher who is currently studying Ayurveda at Vaidyagrama,or "healing village." The village is a training and healing center which is self-contained, generating solar and wind energy and utilizing green building practices in a remote area of Southern India. psi

c said...

OK, so I did not venture out - much too cold right now (12 degrees), so I clicked on the YouTube link instead.

Oh my! now I'm at amazon, buying on-line.

How is it that something so universal never fails to touch us deeply? I'm certain every single mom alive, whether Katrina's age or someone who is now 99 will relate 100%. Sort of like your blog D, everyday experiences which someone puts into words when we are sadly not that talented.

and Karen, you made me laugh out loud with your closing sentence. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I, too, felt like the stars lined up when I discovered the book I'd just purchased over the past week-end was one you recommended: The Gift of An Ordinary Day. I plan to read it tonight in my cozy flannel nightgown with the windchill hovering near 30 below zero, the wind howling, and a full moon perched in the sky. Bliss! I already know Katrina Kenison is one of my (and yours) new finds.

Katrina said...

It felt today like one door opening after another --culminating in reading your wonderful post that connects us all. The first thing I read this morning was a quote on Chris Guillebeau's (The Art of Nonconformity) blog by Barbara Sher: "Whatever your dreams are, start taking them very, very seriously." And yet it's so easy --especially for women -- to ignore the messages from the universe and to keep our dreams on the back burner. Maybe this is the year we can all inspire one another to turn up the heat on our dreams! Thank you for celebrating our OM coincidence. May there be many more!

Loretta a/k/a Mrs. Pom said...

I have Katrina's book and yours and both are so underlibed and well-read that I may have to get new copies before the pages fall out. I love what you said about being surrounded by unread books as a hedge against time. Makes me feel so less guilty!

Cristina said...

me too love being surrounded by (yet)unread books, but I had never thought of them as "a hedge against the end of time". fabulous!

mutheu said...

it is indeed wonderful when things just seem to line up and fall rather perfectly into place. enjoy each moment and continue to be present to the wonder and wonderful "perfection". m