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, April 5, 2013

Day 243 - Changing

 I was back on a plane today.  Currently I am writing from Hong Kong on my way to Bangkok where I will catch a flight to the island of Koh Samui.  It was really hard to find a spot to do yoga today. It totaled another 20 hours of travel time today.  So today is my day off.  My body really needs some yoga.  It is yelling at me to give it a break.  Luckly, Koh Samui is home of Samahita yoga retreat center.  This is where I will be for until the 17th of April.  Koh Samui is an Ashtanga studio led by Paul Dallaghan.  I have heard nothing but good things about this Patabi Jois certified Ashtanga instructor and am really excited to get there.

This trip has given me a lot of courage, strength, and a new perspective, and it's only been 3 days.  One thought has been in my mind today.  It is how we often use the phrase "I want to change the world."  Life is ever changing, but why?  The world is filled with so many different cultures, religions, beliefs, and knowledge. 

I have a pretty solid belief system and ethics.  I am good at keeping what I believe inside my own house and heart.  The next step is to bring a women into my life who has the same solid ethics.  At this point we both need to make some changes to make sure we cover both of our learned ethics,  to be mindful of one another beliefs, and to hold on to what is really important to us.  The next step for most is to have children who we try to teach these ethics to.  These children are also taught by their peers, their teachers, and general society.  They starts to develop their own ethics.  This is where it begins.  A lot of people believe that they can change others to make them think like them.  Do it by threats, force, money, or power.  They have a need to have others follow their ethics.  This is where we start to loose our happiness and cause our frustrations.  We wonder why people are not acting like us.

We can only change what is inside of.  We cannot change other people without damage.  We start to think that power, knowledge, or money will give us the ability to tell others how to live.  We are taught to learn more in school, so you get a good job, which brings in money, and then you become happy.  While a good income is a necessity to live, people with money are often unhappy because they continue to look outward for their happiness.  Happiness is found in more money, more toys, more parties, more vacations.  These become masks covering who they really are.

We cannot force people to change, they have to want to change.  The change however needs to keep looking inside.  What is important to you?  What do you believe?  If people ask you questions about your ethics tell them, do not try to persuade them.  This is how we can learn and change from one another.  Believe we are all growing and learning from one another, but stick to your core ethics.

Some of your ethics will be with me my entire life.  "I will not kill anyone."  Simple enough.  Other's will change.  "I will not drink alcohol or do drugs."  Still others I am currently working on.  "I will show compassion to all living beings."  If you count all the sushi I ate yesterday I am pretty sure I was not showing compassion towards that living being.  My beliefs all come together in a main core of honesty, compassion, and love.

I also have noticed that a tight family and friends have trouble changing their ethics.  They are surrounded by them.  If one flies the chicken coop and travels around the world then he is introduced to so many other types of ethics.  I was lucky enough to fly the coop.  I have learned so much, but with that there is a cause of frustration.  What was once my way of ethics may now be something different because of what I have experienced.  My new ethics may not be how I was raised in my tight community.  How would out ethics change if we never left our home?

As I continue to pick up beliefs from this world I am finding that I am not here to change the world, but rather I am changing for the world.  I will continue to look inside.