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The burdens we hold.

The following was taken from my fellow yoga instructor, aka the undercover yoga.

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”

It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!

Lent or something like that…

I’m not Catholic, but I like the concept of Lent for a few reasons.

I know, I know. It’s a lot like setting unreasonably new years resolutions that fail because you have neither the means nor the resolve to get yourself there… or giving up a bad habit only to restart it after 40 days – which seems pointless. But, I’m still going to try. Doesn’t that count for something?

I’ve decided to give up buying unnecessary things (so I will really evaluate purchases that I make) and I am going to give up facebook. I think that’s pretty reasonable right? My townhouse of 1.5 years is starting to fill with clutter and I am in dire need of purging it – it’s hard to purge when stuff keeps accruing. Facebook? Well it’s a notorious time sink. It is filled with menial updates about people’s lives, makes me feel discontent with my life (when it’s really quite fabulous as it is) and has other garbage that I don’t NEED in my life.

I’m hoping that after 40 days I’ll be a little clutter free, a little more content and a little more focused.

Loving-Kindness Meditation

In Buddhism, there is the practice of loving-kindness meditation. In lieu of trying to attain the perfect meditation for yourself, you instead focus on positive thoughts towards others and build feelings of friendliness and altruism.

Now, I know thinking positive vibes to the world doesn’t seem like it can do a whole lot. How could wishing happiness for others really make it come true? I’m not wholly sure myself, but I think that people are more motivated by external stimulus. For some people, it’s God and the afterlife. I am not religious, so does this mean I’m screwed? Not quite. For me, I do yoga so that I can focus and be calm. I am normally an erratic, hot-tempered person. I still am. Doesn’t mean that I can’t try to be better. I try to be better so that Fernando (my fiance) can enjoy my happiness. I am trying to be more even tempered because I don’t want me future kids to have to deal with a chaotic environment.

Altruism drives are more motivating. I used to do yoga for myself – because I want to get better at a pose. I want to put my foot over my head. I want to do a handstand. Me me me. Now, I am motivated to try different teachers, different styles and branch out – not because I want to be better for myself, but because I want to be a better teacher.

Does this make sense?

Keeping is Simple

I know this page looks awfully simple – either like it was formatted for a phone or some website made in the 80s. But, my thought behind it was to keep is simple. Keep it zen. It’s a no-frills page with the basic details. No flash, no glitz, no glamour.

Wherein lies the appeal?

Sometimes when I get to a website, I am overwhelmed by the flash intro, the dozens of ads, the hundreds of links. What am I supposed to focus on? What is the point of the webpage?

This page keeps it simple – here I am. This is my schedule. Yes, I can do yoga. Here are some of my thoughts (in a somewhat organized manner.)

Got it? Good.