Mardi Gras Resolutions
After growing up in New Orleans and then living in other parts of the country for 16 years, I was slightly astounded upon my homecoming to remember that New Year’s resolutions don’t start here until the first day of Lent. This mindset seems to apply to most New Orleanians, irrespective of religious faith. In January, we have grand plans for lifestyle changes that somehow get overshadowed either by Saints playoff fever or by actual fevers and colds precipitated by erratic weather changes. Come February, we’re already coasting toward Carnival time feeling slightly defeated. And yet the joyously hedonistic attitude that accompanies Mardi Gras reassures us that the pendulum is bound to swing in the opposite direction and eventually land us on the path to genuine health and well being. So here we are! Now is the time. I love that the word “now” begins the Yoga Sutras because it reminds us that we are finally in the proper place in our lives to begin receiving guidance from the wisdom contained in this tradition. If you know of any friends or family members who are ready to explore the highly accessible and life enhancing technology that is yoga, then do them a favor by steering them toward our Begin at the Beginning class, which will take place this Sunday, March 9 from 11:00am-12:30pm. Suitable for those brand new to yoga and for level 1+ folks who are interested in revisiting the fundamentals, this class is an ideal way to jump start your new health routine. You can sign up easily by clicking the big button below or by visiting the schedule page on our web site.
The other cool thing that I like about Lent psychology (and this is coming from a lay person, not one who has attended seminary school) is that it seems to foster an attitude of letting go, rather than an attitude of acquiring, attaining, or achieving. Through a dedicated practice, you eventually discover that ‘the abundance of peaceful and happy mindstates’ are not all that special; they are simply your natural states of being that are no longer occluded by patterns of fear, anxiety, and anger. Peace is your birthright. So maybe that’s what we should collectively give up for Lent, no matter what version of God we believe in. Let’s give up our addiction to fear, anxiety, and anger by re-dedicating ourselves to a practice that systematically sheds the physical manifestations of those habits from the body. Hope to see you on the mat soon!