What is Yoga 308

Life is a constant struggle of balancing our body on both a physical and emotional side. Through yoga I have learned several life lessons. Yoga 308 is a goal I set for myself to do at least 60 minutes of yoga for 6 days a week for the next year. I invite anyone to join me on this adventure as I blog about some of my daily experiences. This is not intended to show that I have found peace and tranquility, but rather give my honest feelings of my journey. Enjoy.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Day 116 - Live the Movie

Tonight I continued to listened to my body.  Yesterday in class I felt drained.  I ended up kind of going through the motions.  I actually ended up doing a few postures that just felt good to me.  Tonight I did a gentle class at home, and just let my body do the postures it felt like doing.  It is great change from a structured class.  It was a chance to give my body exactly what it is asking for.

I was thinking today.  Movies and music can touch our souls.  Music can have you crying or shaking your booty.  A song may only last 3 minutes, but can instantly switch your emotion.  Movies grab your emotions and can shake them around.  A true good movie makes you laugh, cry, smile, scared (as many emotions as possible).  Movies take about 2 to 3 hours, and we relate with the ups and down of the characters.

Do our frustration in our life stem from our expectations that we feel and see in movies?  Do we expect our emotions to always change as easily as when we hear music.  Have we lost our patience in this world and actually believe that there is a true happy ending and that everything then will be OK?

If you think Snow White and Prince Charming are living out their happy ending, think again.  He is probably fat drinking beer while Snow White is running after their 6 kids yelling at him for being a lazy bum.  10 year later the two are divorced and Prince Charming is remarried after joining an archery club and meeting Princess Beautiful.  Snow White looks deep inside her soul, and after 5 years finds a love so deep she shares it with the world.  She then gets cancer and dies, but leaves behind a legacy of love and giving that her children continue to spread across the world.  Now this to me seems like a more realistic happy ending.  Do not think that we hit that point where we pause and "Live Happily Ever After."  Stop trying to find that happy ending, and realize you are experiencing it right now.

Do you have expectation that once you get something you will find that happy ending?  When you get that girl? find that job? have that child? get that t-shirt?  travel to that exotic place?  I have also been caught up in this game.  The happy ending is not found externally, and there is no "happy ending" inside our souls either.  It is a constant struggle and growing process that is called our lives.

Life is a giant movie.  We live these awesome changes in our emotions and feelings.  When we are down we immediately try to go to that "happy ending".  The thing that we "need" for our happiness.  We sulk on how life is not fair and we deserve happiness.  We do not want to involve ourselves in what is probably the most important of our life's movie.  We should somehow step outside ourselves when we are in our low points in life and realize how much better our movie will turn out because we were able to hit this low. 

How boring would a movie be if it showed us sitting on the couch doing nothing?  We need to get off the couch and experience life.  We all deserve happiness don't get me wrong, but also go through the bad points in life realizing our lows are our chance to grow. 

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