So, those benefits of which I speak?
- a cleaner house. Yes, in order for me to be able to practice in a room inside my house, that room needs to be clear of clutter, the floor clear of dust and dirt (and dog hair). Practicing at home is enforcing its own discipline on my house-keeping, which is not a bad thing at all. I end up feeling satisfied on two fronts: clean body, clean house. Creates a nice sense of contentment and ease.
- an awareness of my own breath. Practicing alone, with no musical accompaniment, no outside-teacher's voice, means all I can really hear, besides my own mental chatter, is the sound of my breath moving in and out. I think I realized very quickly that in class, I am not really focussed on my breath - so many distractions allow me to disconnect from that fundamental. It's so interesting to be inside the quiet of that simple sound.
|maybe it's boring for him?|
|part of the view, old painting of LT's|
This is such a good thing, I can't believe I've resisted it for so long. Then again, it's happening at just the perfect time, when I am ready and can really enjoy it. Yay!