Saturday, January 26, 2008

Bliss in Pain

I have not danced in so long that the thrill has faded from my veins. The other night for Prthu's memorial, so many were present to honor him that we spontaneously began to dance. I danced my heart away, shrugging away the chronic tendonitis in my foot. Exhilaration in every sense of the word.

Afterwards, I went for a japa walk with Shalagram... and I had painful blisters on my feet. I didn't get it. Was it my shoes?

And then it hit me. Ahhhhh... yes. I used to dance so often, I had had the feet equivalent to the hands of a seasoned mridanga player. But as any mridanga player knows, cease to practice and those ugly yet tough hands become oh so soft.

I never knew blisters could be this blissful.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My name is Jeyanthy and I am from Malaysia. 7 years ago I had the same leg pains you are experiencing. I also had heel spur. Now I have rheumatic arthritis. Please take care of yourself. If possible, see an ayurvedic doctor and start medications from now. A friend of mine said this the other day, "Radhanath disciples are all very intensive!" I think it is quite true. I was like that too, but I am slowing down now, since it has affected my mobility so much.
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