Nothing like being scolded by a hippie-
The idea of acceptance, mindfulness, minimalism are so trendy of late. You can see this trend growing with the popularity of meditation/zen/whatever blog-o-posts, green this and green that folks, yoga-moms/dads from far and wide. You can read about it here, on this blog-o-thing if you pay attention for just a few weeks. People are being asked to come into better contact with the present; to be less attached, entangled by social media and humble; focusing more on purpose and meaning. All of these changes raise an interesting question (so I think).
None of these topics and approaches to living authentically are new. Neither are single speed bikes, fedora’s, Pabst Blue Ribbon and black rimmed glasses for the sake of argument. Just like you, these ideals have been puttering along, kicking cans down the road for eons …
Why the sudden resurgence of popularity?
Hippies?!? New research studies and science!?! The inter-webz?!?
I suspect acceptance, mindfulness and minimalism are trending of late because normal folks are yearning for something remarkably simple right now: That acceptance, mindfulness and minimalism may help nourish and guide them in their busy lives.
How many of you read a yoga magazine while watching “reality” tv? Watch a streaming TV show while working on your computer? Heck, watch a TV while running on a treadmill even?!?
And what substance is in the gush of media and connectivity we have unleashed on ourselves? Everything imaginable in the world is available, for us to consume, all at one time. Although if you slow life down and actually seek? Through seeking you will discover the images of courage, bravery, unconditional love and connection that surround us are simply being overwhelmed by the pain and judgment we stream into our minds endlessly.
Acceptance, mindfulness and minimalism are immensely important right now for a simple reason. In order for us to prosper inside this modern bubble, that each one of us have created. We need to learn how to relate to our own minds in a different way. There is no retreating, unplugging or escaping … I implore you to move forward in life, just in a slightly different way.
I’m not leaving until you surrender, peacefully.
We are so unwise that we wander about in times that do not belong to us, and do not think of the only one that does; so vain that we dream of times that are not and blindly flee the only one that is…Thus we never actually live, but hope to live-
Part Two: Fail Better
We try our best to ignore the excess baggage we accumulate, but every so often (maybe right now) it catches us off-guard, sneaking up on us when we’re not looking, and we find ourselves staring in surprised horror at the looming emotional darkness inside us.
At such times, many of us bury the baggage again as quickly as possible, we try to forget that it ever happened in the first place. Our grief, however, doesn’t disappear just because we ignore it. It sits comfortably inside our unconscious minds, continuing to silently accumulate as we marinate in the sauce of life.
As the days and years go by, the grief we store, builds up steadily. Unlike a nice series of Farmers Walks, our accumulated grief weighs us down and inhibits us, in many ways, too devious for us to realize. The weight of this inner grief leaves firm, aggressive footprints on our lives.
The more grief we hold inside, the more grief we hold back … The more we become cut off from our own authentic emotions, feelings, our true selves. It’s at this moment we lose the gentle feeling of being alive.
To illustrate our message today (it’s extremely rare for us to do this), proceed with the following:
HEAVY- Farmers Walk Medley (HEAVY means picking up and carrying 100% of your body weight?!?)
Heart Beat Walk, Stork Walk, Rack Position Walk, Ardha Uttanasana Walk (Ask), Single Arm Walk (50%), Piston Press Walk (50%)
There is only one way to make it through this day (workout), letting go, gently. Be well.
Priusquam disceret scire oportet discat ac dediscat priusquam sciat oportet scire-
Themes, Currents and Trends
What if we told you that practicing mindfulness is important? More important than running and updating your Facebook status after said run (come on – you know you do it)?!? Here’s the deal Hot Shot: Practicing mindfulness IS more important than running, maybe now you are more likely to remember to do it … Before, during and after you run (Runners are easy to agitate so feel free to insert something you enjoy more than running as an example).
Some of you have noticed the trend around here of late. The trend being that the key to practicing mindfulness is to simply practice focusing your attention onto ONE (<— Key word) direct sense, and to practice this often, like right now. Can you feel your right index finger clicking away on your worn out mouse? There are many ways you can practice mindfulness: While eating at a quaint curbside cafe, walking Fido after dinner, talking to your little ones at the park. You can practice mindfulness doing just about anything really (the exception is using Instagram of course).
Cassini Solstice Mission <— Totally Worth Your Time!!!
Rest Day … Time to awaken our senses with a flowing सूर्य नमस्कार series and some ruminative thinking about the day ahead of us.
Explore your mind … Frui!!!