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, June 23, 2013

Day 323 - Slow down and take the healthy path

Its amazing the thought processes that go through our mind.  I wonder about how much of my life is still trying to find the same type of high that I once found in drugs.  If you think about it pretty much anything can be considered trying to escape reality.  Do we do things to experience life or do we do things to escape life?

The days of drinking in a bar started with experiencing life.  At some point that experience became my reality.  It was the "social" thing to do.  In college we would go to parties and bars every weekend.  There was not much depth to it, other then different people meeting in different places.  If you look at it with an outside perspective we were putting chemicals in our body that altered our emotions.  After awhile these altered emotions were just the norm for us.  I think we all know deep down inside though that waking up with a hangover cannot be good for us.  Altering our state of being is a hinder to our true being.

After I quit the drugs and alcohol I had to deal with the real me.  I jumped into other things that made me excited, but nothing gave me that same feeling.  I wonder if I still expect that if I do enough yoga that one day I will boost my endorphins so much that I can feel that ultimate high again.

I believe that there is a path that can continue an ever growing boost of positive feeling.  The thing is that boost is not instantaneous.  It is going to take me a lifetime (or two) to reach this state.

After eating raw for a week, I kept asking myself "Do I feel healthy?  Do I feel good?"  The truth is I did not feel any different.  What did happen though was once I got off the raw diet I was super excited and grateful to eat again.  I went to a Thai restaurant one night, then sushi, followed by Pizza.  Yesterday I ate a lot at a party.  After four straight days of indulging I could feel it.  I did not feel as good as I did while I was eating the raw diet.

I do not think there is this instant shift any more where I stop and say "OH my God I am healthy!!!"  It is a slow and gradual shift towards feeling good about life together in your body, mind, and soul.  The best part of this high is that you will not feel the hangover.