mickeymichaelmiguel.com is a collection of musings freed from the recesses of book bags and piles of Post-It Notes usually saved and forgotten in Michael’s journals or lost at the edges of his desk, as well as other gems from the interwebs.
mickeymichaelmiguel.com is a collection of musings from goal-encrusted bohemian with #writeboyproblems Michael Counter.
Enjoy essays and articles, behind-the-scenes blurbs, photos, and drafts of creative writing freed from the recesses of book bags and piles of Post-It Notes usually saved and forgotten in journals or lost at the edges of his desk, as well as other gems from the interwebs.
Michael can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I hadn’t slept all night but she saw me in a cafe and bought me lunch," Okereke recalled. "During the meal I politely asked her when her record was coming out. She said she didn’t know, that making a record was hard … What struck me about her the most was her ambition … She was worried about how so many female MCs don’t make provisions for the future. That foresight impressed me. I often wonder how she must be dealing with this level of inactivity."
Today is the first day of my 300-hr teacher training and I’m nervous, excited and anxious as to what to expect. However, it’s my expectations that are so very frustrating. I teach my students to let go of expectations after setting their intention. And like all good teachings, it is easier said than done. Ironically, the spiritual sadhana that I am meditating on this week is Ishvarapranidhana—surrender.
In some ways I think that I began to teach as a means to have more control of my practice, to know more about yoga so that I could better control how I enter and let go of asanas. Ego is a tough thing to set aside when it feels so comfortable to pacify it with expectations that are really excuses to not acknowledge fear. Acknowledging fear is not a weakness. It takes courage to say, “I am afraid.”
I’ve set my intention: I’ve enrolled in the next phase of training.
I’ve acknowledged my fears: I am afraid of not doing well, of not meeting the physical demands of the training, of the difficulty of balancing all of the moving pieces of my life on and off the mat.
So what now?
I will show up on my mat each day with the intent to honor my mind and my body. I will respect my own journey and follow the rhythm and flow of my practice. I will enjoy this opportunity to grow.