Today, anyone can learn anything. Anyone can become anything they want. With today’s technology and the fast evolving ways of teaching and learning; the information is readily available…to everyone. It’s just a matter of retaining the information and being able to retrieve it, at will.
This requires focus and mental energy. Concentrated focus is becoming more and more scarce these days. The “stories”, the “snaps”, the “vines” are all conditioning our brains to have a shorter and shorter attention span. You know it’s true.
We’re finding out that prescription pills are bullshit. ADD medicine and anti depressants don’t work that well. It’s just another thing to get addicted to.
It’s funny to me, how the yogis are considered “crazy” or “foo foo” these days, but in reality, yoga as been practiced since the beginning of time. Yoga strengthens muscles that you don’t normally use, so it makes it easier to move. The easier it is to move, the more energy you’ll have. It keeps you flexible and when you’re flexible, you’re less prone to injury.
There’s also something about focusing on your breath that relaxes the mind. The simple act of breathing in deep for 10 seconds and consciously releasing it for another 10 is therapeutic and you can only know what I mean when you experience it for yourself. Yoga and meditation is not about keeping your mind still and quieting your thoughts. It’s about not letting the frantic and careless thoughts control you.
Deep practitioners of yoga aren’t moved by cigarettes, caffeine, alcohol or any other substance. Sure they may indulge or even binge, but they’ll function fine without it. It’s a perk, not a crutch. It’s not about avoiding or being immune to addictions. It’s about replacing them with healthier addictions. Yes, you can become addicted to breathing, moving and thinking a certain way. Yoga helps you realize that it’s the ritual that’s the most addicting, not the substance. It’s not the video games or the internet that’s addicting; it’s the rituals.