the log book
Every year around this time, I get SAD.
That's Seasonal Affective Disorder.
It starts around the holidays when it's so easy to get off track. A few extra rest days every week. Then a big attempt to kick it into high gear around the New Year that inevitably ends up leaving me exhausted and unable to maintain the pace I set. By mid January, I'm usually spending most days on my couch, wrapped in a blanket, watching awful reality TV. February just feels like a dark, cold drag, counting the days until I actually want to go outside again.
It’s extremely easy at this point in February (are you still feeling the wonder in Winter Wonderland..?) to find yourself defeated and deflated by inertia. The New Year’s resolutions which felt so possible and charged with energy a mere month earlier, now hang around our heads as grey and unmovable as the gloomy moody sky. Weren’t we just talking about Renew, Recharge, Rejuvenate last month…? Now we feel those words hanging heavy in the air, our yoga mat rolled up in the corner, our house a-clutter and our mind churning out the same old, same old, self-critique.
There are striking similarities between the yogi’s and the acupuncturist’s take on energy.. Call it by a different name (while you might hear your yoga teacher refer to energy as life force or prana, your acupuncturist will refer to it as Qi), the intention is the same: to create a free unhindered flow of energy.