It has felt as though I'm living about four lives – and am able to comfortably manage, say, about two... university marking and administration with the year abroad, HIV patient group and clarifying everything for other people to take charge of parts of it, training at the Jung-Institut and trying to get into colloquia, schedule supervision, and of course taking on new analysands....
It's all, or mostly, good: I am not upset, but I am certainly... taut. Overly attentive, constantly scanning, a bit tightly wound: haven't snapped at a lot of people, but I do tend to bypass discussion at the moment, in search of the punch line of every exchange.
Of course, certain times of year at the university, and every time I prepare to go to Zürich, has this same fairly manic quality. I always leave the house looking like Peter Finch's... but I do it in the style of Glenda Jackson. Unfortunately.
And tonight, in a yoga class I didn't entirely have time for but (fortunately) went to anyway, Conrad said: what do you want to solve tonight, handle tonight? And I thought: okay – I should be able to do these Zürich trips without winding myself as tight as a ball of wire.
Well, even an hour and a half of yoga didn't unwind all that; I was still breathing slightly unevenly, too fast, a bit shallowly (too much green tea today?).
But I can see, or at least I can sort of imagine, actually reaching some better, calmer, point – hey, I've read my Zen and Tao and others, haven't I? even if I don't meditate all that often –
We shall see. Things are good, things are moving forward – supervision with Verena Kast, with Robert Hinshaw! – there are exciting things coming, it's true –
but it should be possible to move some of these things forward more easily: like the Taoist – with a casual flick of the wrist....