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 8, 2012

Day 95 - Tell the Story

I am on my way back from New Orleans.  I am taking the day off today because I have a three day yoga workshop Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Orlando.  This trip overall was a lot of fun.  The people here are great, and the city always has a feel that is unlike any other.  I saw a lot of happiness on the people working around town (not talking about drunks on Bourbon Street, although they were happy too).  It was a good experience.

During this trip I was surrounded by a lot of "Sales" people.  The typical car salesman that will spit anything out of their mouth to get a sale.    I was also very grateful to weed through these people and find true human beings.  If your main focus in life is to sell to me, I no longer have any room in my life.  I am not only talking about selling products, I am also talking about people who sell their story.

I am a firm believer in "telling your story" and not "selling your story".  We all want to live great lives and several of us (me included) like to have a bit of attention brought to them.  I think there are a few different ways we can bring attention to our lives.

"Telling your story" is more of a sharing.  You are interested in talking to the person and relating to other people by telling your story.  "Selling your story" is using your story to get more from others.  It is when your insecurities start to come up.  You are using your story in hopes that people will like it and give you the emotions you are seeking.  The really good sellers will start sucking your emotions out of other people.  They thrive on other emotions which we all know will leave you empty when you are eventually alone.  We have all used these story telling methods at one time or another.  I am making more and more of a shift toward the "telling the story"

How do we start leaning towards the "telling of the story?"  I think step one is to start listening.  The seller is so anxious to speak, he is busy thinking what he is going to say next rather then stopping and listening on what the other person is trying to express.  It is the most basic of the concept of giving and receiving.  If we are too busy talking or thinking about talking we are not listening. We are always giving, and never opening the opportunity to let in new ideas in.  We are in sense stopping our opportunity of growth.

If we can't listen to others, maybe a better place to start is on the yoga mat.  This is where we can stop and listen to the world around you.  Notice that your brain is still constantly trying to bother you.  The little voice inside of you is telling you to take a break, quit, thinking of what you are doing after class, or what has happened before class.  Stop...Listen.  Listen to your breath, listen to the instructor, listen to the breath around you.  Practice listening. 

At the moment I am pondering a silent retreat.  This seems extremely scary to me. 

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