“Sanity, wholeness, and integration lie in the realization that we are not divided, that man and his present experience are one, and that no separate “I” or mind can be found.”
Thich Nhat Hahn, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and global spiritual leader, was once asked in an interview to sum up his view of Western civilization. He said, very simply, “Lost in thought.” Those three words epitomize the insanity of our times. Over-identification with ideologies and other mental narratives, combined with rampant alienation from the physical body, are in my estimation the root cause of mass shootings and similar atrocities that seem to be taking place all the time. Am I about to say that yoga and other mindfulness practices are an antidote to being lost in thought? Yes. Do I think that yoga and mindfulness will solve any or all of the world’s problems? Certainly not. But I do feel quite passionately that coming back home to the body and stepping out of compulsive thinking from time to time will help each of us live more fully and more harmoniously.
If any of that resonates with you, or if you’re just looking for something cool to do on what promises to be a hot weekend, then come join me this Sunday, August 25 from 1:00-3:00pm for an exciting workshop that I’ve dubbed Sanity Sequences. I will present three different sequences of poses and breathing experiments that can be easily replicated at home. You will learn surefire strategies for channeling your energy when agitated, for renewing your energy when exhausted, and for reconnecting with your essence when societal superficiality and busy-ness has got you feeling overwhelmed and anxious. Space in our small studio is limited even though internal spaciousness is infinite. Reserve your spot now by clicking on the big button below.