August 20, 2013

Happiness vs. Wholeness

I actually attack the concept of happiness. The idea that - I don’t mind people being happy - but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness. It’s a really odd thing that we’re now seeing people saying “write down 3 things that made you happy today before you go to sleep”, and “cheer up” and “happiness is our birthright” and so on. We’re kind of teaching our kids that happiness is the default position - it’s rubbish. Wholeness is what we ought to be striving for and part of that is sadness, disappointment, frustration, failure; all of those things which make us who we are. Happiness and victory and fulfillment are nice little things that also happen to us, but they don’t teach us much. Everyone says we grow through pain and then as soon as they experience pain they say “Quick! Move on! Cheer up!” I’d like just for a year to have a moratorium on the word “happiness” and to replace it with the word “wholeness”. Ask yourself “is this contributing to my wholeness?” and if you’re having a bad day, it is. -Hugh Mackay

August 1, 2013

Yoga Inspiration & Challenge

While I begin my journey back to the yoga life, sometimes I get stuck and need a little inspiration. 
The first video is of Briohny Smyth, one that I found some time ago. I can only hope to be able to have that much control over my body one day. Although I do believe that with dedication I can get there. 
The second video is of Meghan Currie. I just found this video today and I truly appreciate her take on yoga as art. The music, scenery, and movements of her body are captivating.

These videos inspired me to take on a little challenge that Free People suggested for one of their "Saturday DO" posts; 5 Sun Salutations each day, for 30 days. I'm going to change it up and make it one week (I'll be giving myself other challenges for the upcoming weeks) and add one minute of headstands. 
Ready, go! 
Or should I say namaste. 

Urban Hippie