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Facing Weakness

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For years I've been a self-taught, home practicing "yogi". It's the only form of exercise that I've ever enjoyed doing regularly. Like many people, I go through alternating seasons of laziness and devotion. Usually my first few times after a season of laziness feel GREAT and I'm proud that my body has maintained most of its core strength and flexibility (which, admittedly there are never mass amounts of) . 

Well I had an unusually long lazy season recently, with moving to another country and all. I compensated by doing a few pushups and squats before bed....like every other night. 

My second week in Derry I bought a yoga mat. I expected to jump right back in where I left off, like normal. But I could hardly touch my toes, and my core strength felt nonexistent along with my balance.   

 It was devastating.

However, it seemed to be the theme of my June. 

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Falling out of a yoga pose was among the less-serious weaknesses that I faced in June. I described the inner testing as an earthquake. I was reminded over and over of the few things that I am built upon, and exceed at and are truly important and worth worrying about. In contrast, everything else has been shaken up and brought to the ground completely. It's what I came here to let happen, and I know it won't be the last time in my life -or even this year that I go through an inner earthquake. However, I didn't expect it to begin nearly as soon as I stepped off the airplane. I'm so glad to get that out of the way though. So glad.

  

July represents an opportunity to rebuild; stronger this time, only building on my foundation. And boy do I have dreams to build right now. eeee!  

XO, 

Courtney Chilton