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Is easy adjusting a quality?

A month ago I owned a yoga school and a massage therapy center in my hometown Tilburg, I owned a house full of stuff and owned a car. Two weeks ago I was sharing my house with my good friend Anneke, still had some stuff, had Marks car at my possession and was the very, very lucky owner of two beautiful cats: Lucky and Maus and I was happily teaching at Yogacentrum Tilburg; the school that took over my school. Just over five days ago I had a lot of friends close by, was still happily teaching, was living in a small room in – what was still – my house and I knew almost everybody in Tilburg who walks around with a yoga mat.

Today I’m writing this on ‘my’ bed in a home-stay in Nicaragua, just outside of Masaya, after a hard morning of construction work at a new road, next to the farm I’m working at and after a nice afternoon full of Spanish classes.

Instead of teaching nine yoga classes a week at my own school, or five at Yogacentrum Tilburg; including three hot yoga, I only teach one or two on a concrete, uneven surface – nobody has a yoga mat around here –  that’s normally the hallway to enter the Spanish school I’m studying at.
Giving massages became doing construction work in the past week and helping out in a perma culture farm next week. Teaching became studying and living in a nice, quiet house with my lovely cats became living in a home-stay with a family that doesn’t speak a word English. And being able to make my own, yummy food, became being fed three times a day with a lot of rice, some vegetables, beans and bananas.

And you know what? I’m enjoying myself. I love being busy physically: constructing something. I get up every morning at 4.30 o’clock (a.m. that is) to do my own yoga before I start my day. I love to be in school again, learning another language and the family and I don’t really understand each other, but every time I go to school I try to learn a new sentence which I can bring home to communicate.

So I adjusted myself to my new situation. Easily. (Accept for the mosquitoes; I can’t get use to them.) Like I adjusted after selling my school, like I did when Anneke moved in to share my house before I went travelling and like I did in the last months, may be even years. Because in these last seven years I went from being a journalist at a newspaper to being a freelance journalist and freelance photographer and on to being a yoga student in India. Next up I was running my own yoga school, had no time for photography and journalism anymore, because at the same time I started to study massage therapy. Before I knew it I had my own little massage business next to my yoga school, which grew bigger and bigger with as high light the yoga concerts I was able to give to almost a hundred people at once at Theaters Tilburg.

And now: all is gone and I’m happily studying Spanish in Nicaragua, teaching a bit of yoga, having a beautiful self-practice again, meeting all new people and having fun trying to communicate with the locals. For some reason it all seems natural living this life here at this time. So I wonder: is easy adjusting a quality?

3 Responses to Is easy adjusting a quality?

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    Jet 4 November 2014 at 23:15 #

    The ‘quality’ is if you cope with the new situation without resistance. You choose for living in the NOW with the highest amount of excitement and joy. When you understand this that you can choose your new life (time after time) and how you feel in it, thán it’s a quality. To throw everything away that doen’t work anymore for you.
    But to do that, that takes courage, that’s not a quality but boldness.

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    Erin 5 November 2014 at 23:37 #

    Wow. This just sounds so great. And yes, I do think adjusting easily is a quality worth having – and it sounds like you’re making the most of it.

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