It’s Find the Funny Friday–here we go:
A year ago, I went to Kripalu, for a yoga retreat. It is one of my favorite places to go for a long weekend alone, to delve deep into my practice, and eat incredible food. This time, I decided to get out of my comfort zone and so signed up for a Yoga & Hiking retreat as Kripalu is immersed in the beauty of the Berkshires.
I bought myself my first pair of hiking boots and pants. I covered up and doused myself in DEET as my adventure preceded an incredibly wet and rainy November. I headed out, ready to climb into bliss.
Now, I have say that I was fully conscious in my decision to head into the woods knowing that I get an incredibly bad reaction to mosquito bites. I was entirely covered up, but made the poor decision not to spray my face as I thought DEET on the rest of my body was bad enough.
I wish I could exaggerate the swarm of mosquitoes that followed me on the trail. I wish I could exaggerate the amount of bug bites I got on my face, the only part exposed and unsprayed. The thing about my reaction is that it, rarely, takes a bit to get into its full swelling. But this time, I found myself enjoying the view, amidst the swarm, and then made my way back to my room, content and exhausted.
Kripalu’s dining room is cafeteria style, with long buffets and long tables set up. Breakfast is silent, a way to add mindfulness into a meal. I woke up and went to eat, with one eye swollen shut, my hairline puffed up (it’s quite a strange sight) and my cheekbones gone. I had to silently ask those I knew as I sat down to eat, if they had Benadryl. Not an easy charade word to perform! And what was even funnier, was their reactions as they tried to stay silent.
Needless to say, I spent the rest of the weekend inside, in zen safety, on my mat.
What’s your funny?