I am driving from my home away from home, outside of town, using my google maps to navigate me into town. I either picked a perfect time for travel, there are many accidents, or Ausin just happens to have traffic that rivals LA. It takes me two hours to get to Whole Foods, I a mere 25 miles away. I did make one wrong turn on to a loop. I have no idea which direction I am going in. My phone is dying and I do not own a car charger. I search for a pen and paper to jot down the directions from my google maps, for I am dependent on this device to tell me where to go! Phone calls are coming in, but I do not answer, must conserve battery!
Sitting at a stand still I find myself quite enjoying the Austin radio stations. My head is filling with thoughts about money that lead to a lot of what the hell am I doing (with my life) thoughts. I am conscious of these thoughts as they arise and find myself taking long sighing exhales just like I do in yoga. I am pushing those thoughts that are not serving me right out with the stale air. I tune in to what the radio gives me and sing along. I am grateful for this reflection box that is carrying me (very slowly) into town.
I finally make it to my exit and think I have taken a wrong turn, when lo and behold the Mecca appears right in front of me, Whole Foods. I park, grab a basket (skipping with glee), and head right to the raw food section (I know my way around too many health food stores around the world to name). I grab a little chocolate mint pie from a Texas based company that I have been salivating for since my plane landed. This little piece of heaven is really all that I really came for. I turn a corner and discover myself in the wine section, where a friendly employee asks me if I want to sample her favorite wines. Why sure! I have time to kill and have just gone through a million emotions in my rental reflection box. I enjoy the wine and the friendly conversations with other tasters then go about my meandering through the store, off to the salad island (so big it is not a bar, but an island) to pile up on random varieties of deliciousness.
I check out and plan to look for an outlet to charge my phone, as I have no idea where the party that I am going to is located, it is all stored in my mobile device. The outside eating area is so inviting though. So, I go out there and dine. I don’t pick up a book, I don’t write, I just sit and eat and enjoy my surroundings and my meal. What an idea! To not be multitasking while eating! Especially, when eating alone! It has been a while since I have done that!
My phone is still on, just not living. I am able to pull up the address from an email and realize that I am only a few blocks away! I can find it with out my Google maps! I spot my evening's destination, Yoga Vida, a yoga studio that is holding a reception for the weekend of training with Baron Baptiste and pull into a spot on the street. I am trying to figure out how to pay the parking machine for the block when a friendly jogger takes out his earphone to yell to me, “you don’t have to pay after 6:30pm! It’s free now!”. Wow! Thank you jogger for that and thank you Austin for that!
My night is magical and perfect. I get to meet yoga teachers from all over who have come to assist the workshop and people that are part of Baron Baptiste's community. I am welcomed by each one of them and I really feel blessed to be in such company. I have no idea what I am in for this weekend, but I am up for it, especially if these glowing beings are part of it!