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.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Day 160 - To Give or not to Give?

I am still trying to figure out my schedule today.  There is so many things to do here in Steamboat Springs, I am having a hard time organizing my time.  I think I am starting to settle a bit.  I still have this cough.  It has been 12 days of this.  I am trying to fight through this one, and not take antibiotics.  I am taking the day off of yoga today and going instead tomorrow morning.

I was thinking of the art of giving.  When I first arrived here I thought of helping people out as much as possible.  I thought of making dinner for everyone, driving people around, volunteering,, ect.  Then I became a bit guarded in fear that this giving would be taken advantage of.  This town is filled with a lot of takers, that can feed on you.  I started to think about what happens that makes me feel like I am being taken advantage of.

My personal feeling is if I am cooking dinner I can cook dinner for a large sum of people.  I do not feel like this is something I am giving up since I was going to cook the meal anyways.  I feel like if I am going into town and driving and someone needs a ride I can do that, but I do not feel like I need to schedule my time around driving people here and there.  These are some of my honest thoughts going through my head. 

I am patient with the takers.  but also seeking more of the givers.  The more you surround yourself with other givers the more I feel like the arguments become more about who will help who.  People will take advantage of my giving, but that is their problem not mine.  I have to ask myself what am I willing to give, and to who.  At the same time I have to learn to receive from the other givers.  After all you should not give your whole life, just as you should not receive your whole life.  There is a balance there.  It seems like in a lot of situations I want to provide for people.  I have gone so far of giving up my entire self being to provide for others.  I will never do this again.  This is why I am guarded.

There are 24 hours in all of our lives.  How much time are you taking from someone?  How much time are you truly giving without looking for anything in return? Are you 24 hours of giving and forgetting about your self?  Are you 24 hours taking and relying on other souls to stimulate your life?

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