Ora bem, começar a época a praticar às 10h, num registo de descanso, de dormir mais, de puder jantar com o Messenger ligado enquanto falamos com a família, para passar para grupo das 7h, vivermos o turno que mais gostamos para rapidamente irmos calhar no que sempre considerámos o pior grupo de todos, o primeiro! Quem está no das 4h e reparem, não é 4.30, são 4h da manhã no Shala! Significa acordar pelo menos às 3h, se não 2h da manhã! Para haver tempo de realmente acordar, acordar o corpinho que ainda está confuso a perguntar, "Mas que raio é que estás a fazer de pé?", e para ter tempo de lhe pedirmos com muito jeitinho, "Olha corpinho e mente, vamos praticar daqui a pouco, ok?" e cá dentro o nosso maravilhoso e único veiculo da alma, responde, "HMMMM vou pensar nisso!".
I started this season of study in the slot of 10am! I confess that when I got my school card from Usha hands, I looked at the card and then to her, i didn´t say nothing and she told me, "Vera you need to rest. So you can sleep longer." When i was walking up the street to my home, i thought, I must be with a face of exhaustion, for her to have spoken that. And i was! It felt good the first few weeks practicing later in the Shala, but at the same time practice here at 10am is almost like practicing back home at 3pm, it seems immensely late! But as with everything in this country, or perhaps any trip of this kind, we must surrender, relax in what the universe brings us and enjoy! And there i was, practicing in last shift, with great opportunity to observe the work of Sharath, the assistants, the practices of those already in the room, to think, to feel, it gave time for everything! There were days it seemed that had already passed a whole day until I go to the Shala, i had time to read, study, write to you, notice the back and forth to the school of my neighbors, etc. And at 9am i would leave home in a slow pace, the pace of someone that is going too early to the Shala, i had time to be with the group of 9am and 9.30am which was the one of our Laura, and suddenly there was my turn to enter, put the mat and finally make the blessed practice that so helps me to look inside myself and try the best I can, develop greater capacity of compassion for myself and others. This practice makes us make love ourselves, makes us accept us, allowing us to gradually let that little voice that tends to be constantly self-critical, become not the most important sound, and gain ability to reduce its volume within our mind, and enjoying what we are living in each moment. But there I am losing myself in words, i was telling you that I started in the slot of 10 am and before the month was over i passed to 7am shift, and after only practice two days in this group, and let me confess again - it is my preferred shift, neither too early, nor too late, is perfection, if it exists! But in my second practice at 7am in a place right next to the door, which is not at all perfect, if it exists! Where we are practicing a few centimeters from all students that are waiting to enter, and it's natural to feel that they are there looking at us! Once again you have to surrender, relax, focus and enjoy the practice. At the end of practice, Sharath appears to me, and said "Vera tomorrow come at 4am!" I had the reaction of grabbing his ankle! I was lying, I was about to start the bridge pose, and i looked at him from below, pretty sure i had the face of saying, "PLEASE Nooooo!" and he just nodded his head, like if he was saying, "YES, YES YOU COME AT 4am!"
Well, starting to practice at 10am, in a resting mode, sleeping more, being able to have dinner with the Messenger ON and speaking with family, to move to the 7am slot and living the shift we most like, to quickly go to what we have always believed the worst slot of all, the first one! Who start at 4am and repair, it is not 4:30, it is 4 am in Shala! Which means waking up at least at 3 if not 2 am! To have time to really wake up, wake this body which will be still confused and ask, "What the hell are you doing up?", And to have time to ask it, "Look body and mind, let's practice in a moment OK?" and our wonderful and unique vehicle of the soul, says, "HMMMM'll think about it!"