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.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Day 98 - Beryl Bender Birch - Day 3

This morning was the final class with Beryl Bender Birch.  This experience made me very excited for who I am, where I have been, and where I am going.  More important it made me feel very good of where I currently am.  I have learned a lot this weekend on ways to stay in the present.  I know that there will be a lot more times in my future that I loose this feeling, but if feels good to be here at the moment.

This week I have learned a lot about who I am.  You have to love weeks like this.  It's not about who I want to be or who I have been, but rather who I am.  Love this week.

There were a couple of my favorite quotes that came to me this week.  In New Orleans we went into a World War II museum.  I was listening to a documentary and Presidents Roosevelt's famous quote "All we have to Fear is Fear itself."  One of my other favorite quotes is Gandhi's "Be the change you want to see in the world."  These are two completely different type of people, but I am beginning to see a connection in these quotes and people.

Fear is our main barrier between change.  Change is the essence of growth.  If we all lived in isolation our lives would probably have no reason for growth or change, but we all live in the world together.  We need to be the change we want to see in the world.  The beliefs we hold true to our heart.  We have to keep in mind that others may have the opposing views that they hold true to their hearts.  How can we grow together if we all refused to change.  We can fall into a fear of changing into the wrong direction.  We can begin to fear these changes so much we close our minds.  We can stop progress through these fears.

In the last couple weeks a few of my strong beliefs came into question.    I have been sober for 8 years and I sometimes wonder why the rest of the world still have to use drugs and drink.  As I walked Bourbon street in New Orleans, I saw a sadness that I once knew.  People so gone from reality that they were emotionless.  I believe in facing my emotions straight on.  It seems a lot harder and a lot lonelier while walking the sober street.  It seems a lot more natural to face life without using.  I am not here to try to change people into my beliefs, I wanted to use this as an example.

We do things that we know in our own mind is a positive growth in our own personal path of life.   It is very scary to be the change we want to see in the world, but this is the fear we need to overcome.  If the only thing to fear is fear itself, what is holding you back from making that change.

The one change I am making is once again in my diet.  I have still been doing my Meatless Monday's, no coffee Tuesday, and Vegan Thursday (eating while traveling on Vegan Thursday sucks by the way).  I am starting to believe in this movement.  I am not convinced to completely give up these things, but think that if I was to drop it three days out of my week it is better then eating it every day of the week without paying attention to what was going into my body.  I am adding Meatless Tuesday this week.  Oh and I will be eating turkey on a Thursday with my new discipline.  I will just do vegan on Wednesday.   I also want to just give up coffee two days out of the week.  This will be much more relative on how I feel during this day.