Everything was back on track. After two days of struggling and whining to myself, I get treated to a comfortable class that just seemed to fit like a pair of old shoes. I didn't even catch myself trying to stay focused, trying to bring myself back into the room. Rather, I just flowed with the dialogue. A couple of times, I caught myself moving slightly in anticipation of what Lenette was saying, but even then I caught myself probably before anyone else noticed.
I felt especially good in the backbends, in the first forward bend for a change, and in the balancing postures. I still fell out several times, but it my focus was better than its recently been.
And I tried Lenette's suggestion in Locust for the first time. I mentioned a while back that she suggested bringing the chin forward to get more leverage in the shoulders. This tip is for people who have already hit 45 degree lift, which apparently I have done. Perhaps not so shockingly, I had already forgotten this tip, partly because Locust has been an exercise in trying to avoid spitting up. But it is another reminder of how often I need to relearn the same lessons, the same tips. Anyway, I tried it and could get something of a glimpse of the possibility this might present. Even so, it seems like this is going to demand alot of strength in the shoulders and the upper back. I'm hoping that I just haven't discovered the balance between strength and flexibility that this might call for, because right now the prospect of going higher seems daunting.
The day 156 meditation devotes a couple of paragraphs to analyzing a Tom Petty song. My apologies to any Tom Petty fans out there, but I never could see the appeal and I will basically pass on the analysis of these lyrics. (I know I'd feel totally different if it were a Robert Hunter lyric, but I think I'm entitled occasionally to indulge a whim, even if its in the form of a veto.) My opinion of Petty finally got solidified with his dreadful duet with Stevie Nicks. Between the two of them, they almost cover a full octave in range, on the rare times you I can make out identifiable notes.
Gates does close with a great suggestion. He says in each class identify some limiting belief that you have. When this limitation comes up, take note of it, without judgment, and then simply let it be like everything else. Acknowledge it and let go. I actually did that in class before reading the passage. The limiting belief, for me, was the desire for praise or correction from Lenette. Sometimes I just irrationally want the teacher's input, perhaps to boost my ego. Anyway, I noticed this feeling come up, and did exactly what Gates said. I took note of it, and put it aside. It helped a bunch.