This isn’t really a yoga post… but in my own yoga practice and studies lately I have been looking at lot of how regular practice can alter brain neurology thus affecting moods and allowing new (hopefully healthy) patterns in our life to emerge. Another tool that can be utilized to “reprogram” ourselves are dream boards. Remember the book “The Secret”? Essentially it is this sort of thing. Think what you want, visualize it, and the chances of it coming true are far greater than if you didn’t. I do have issues with the book “The Secret” because I think it is written for a privileged culture and doesn’t take into account some of the harsh realities that people really have to face in this world. But despite this I do think that knowing what you want is a good step towards getting what you want. For me a visual record is a great way to remind myself of where it is I actually want to be stepping in life. So I have created a dream board.. mine is on Pinterest here “Julia’s Dreamboard“. Feel free to add me to your list if you are Pinterest already.. or invite me to yours. It is still a work in progress but I am having fun with it as I go along.
I always take my hobbies and turn them into jobs. There isn’t really anything wrong with that. It certainly makes my working time more enjoyable but I notice that it also tends to change my hobbies into work. My husband’s yoga teacher said “I have never worked a day in my life” when he referring to his life as a yoga teacher. How beautiful is that? Still my jewelry designing became my job and then it felt like work. Then my art became my job and it felt like work. And in a way this is happening with yoga now too… The funny thing about teaching yoga is it feels like work “before” I teach. Once I am teaching it doesn’t feel like work at all. It is just the lead up that gets me a little stressed. Which makes me think I just need a change of perspective when it comes to the whole idea of teaching.
Actually I have been feeling a little like the perspective of “I have something to teach” gets in the way of any actual teaching. And really… I am pretty sure I learn way more from my students that I ever teach them. (Thank you students for teaching me so much about myself and yoga!). I suppose I am not really here to teach at all but to learn with my students. I am feeling incredibly humbled actually by all of this. Like a little wee kid that knows nothing.
I didn’t do any yoga yesterday. Nope. Not even a little bit. It was a long day at work and then the hubbie ordered poutine from La Belle Patate for dinner. So much for my healthy calorie intake and “yogic lifestyle”. The poutine was delicious and my tummy was swollen until bedtime. I guess that is just how life goes sometimes. Poutine wins! At least I don’t do this very often. All in moderation right?