I am a word nerd. I used to subscribe to Dictionary.com's word of the day. I don't know why I ever stopped. For the record, today's word is "patrician". I don't like this word and I'm not sorry about it.
Here's a word I do like: equanimity. My yoga teacher used it in class yesterday, multiple times. I had a vague notion of what it meant, but didn't know exactly. Like the word nerd that I am, I looked it up after class.
1. mental or emotional stability or composure, especially under tension or strain; calmness; equilibrium.
If you've done yoga you know that it makes perfect sense to use this word in a class. Yoga is about the body but it's also, perhaps more importantly, about the mind. It's about noticing your body shake like a leaf in low boat pose and just noticing. Not resisting. Not fighting. Just allowing. Noticing. Marveling, even.
When it's cold and raining,
you are more beautiful.
And the snow brings me
even closer to your lips. *
The struggles we have in life push us heavenward. They push us to become the best version of ourselves. When our bodies tremble in boat pose, it is painful and we are learning a new way of being. When life is hard, it is painful and we are becoming the people we are meant to become.
And that is beautiful.