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.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Day 187 - Searching for Instant Gratification

Marianne had to leave today :(

After dropping her off at the airport I did manage to catch a night time class at Core Power Yoga.  I dropped in on a Heated Power Yoga 2 class with Marta MC.

Here is my latest on my eating habits.  I still am on the path to trying to become a vegetarian or vegan.  I want to be able to strengthen my practice of showing compassion to all living beings.  My actual goal I last set for myself was vegetarian on Monday and Tuesday and Vegan on Thursday.  I have been giving up a lot more meat then my goal has set out for.  I probably have only eaten meat or chicken once or twice a week over the last month.  So my new goal is going to be to be vegetarian 4 days a week, vegan on Thursday, and allow eating meat or chicken once or twice a week.  There are several definitions of vegetarian.  My current definition is I am able to eat eggs, dairy, and fish.  I am giving up pork, chicken, and meat.  Ultimately, I believe true compassion lies in a vegan diet, but I am going to be realistic about this and take steps in slow motion.  I want to change, but I also want to show compassion to myself and not set me up for something that will ultimately frustrate my being.

I have been thinking and talking a lot about instant gratification.  As an addict I am well aware on how our society wants to be emotional charged quick, fast, and without much thought.  We want the beer to make us happy, the pot to mellow us out, the Ecstasy to feel ecstatic, the caffeine to make us energized.   We want to have extreme emotions and we do not care how we get there.  We stop showing compassion to ourselves both physically and mentally just so we can get this quick fix.  We do not care that our drinking has caused damage to the liver.  We do not care that the McDonalds we continue to eat causes us to grow fatter.  Then when we do our damage our society demands a quick fix to fix the damage we have done.  Once again instant gratification.  There are so many more examples of instant gratification.  Looking for material things to satisfy us, such as wanting the latest Iphone, needing the new car, or buying a bigger home.  Our quick fixes continue to eat away our mind and eventually our soul.

Yoga has brought me to a place where I can look much more outside the box of quick fixes and instant gratification.  I know that yoga is going to be a lifetime of growing for me.  I will never achieve certain postures unless I keep working at it.  Life will not hand me bliss in any form.  It is not found in any instant gratification.   It is something I need to find inside myself, and it is also a lifetime of searching.

I watch more and more people turn towards rushing life and taking the short road for solutions to their "issues."  I also do not see it leading towards a path of happiness.  I choose the long road.  The one where I feel my true emotions,  live a life of honesty, and continue to grow.

I am seeing more and more the answers to happiness is not found externally, but rather deep inside of you.  Love the emails and comments.