We need stories, even those that aren't true. Maybe the Ferguson story will be the one that is told the longest- maybe it won't. But, it is, if only temporarily, expressing and evoking feelings of injustice that will inspire the actions that the race problem needs.
A silent boot camp listening party for one probably can't be called yoga practice if the definition of yoga practice includes an intention to do yoga, because I had no idea what that meant at the time. But, what I experienced was that, intentionally or not, my mind found ways to feel better.
I am glad you quit smoking last week. I know how hard it is to change habits. That's why I am writing this. I want you to succeed and I think this can help.
By letting go of harmful desire, I got more of the physical depth that I'd wanted before, yet the shapes of the poses barely mattered now. What did matter was how good it felt to just be with what is and let go of what isn't.
When I started doing yoga, I loved most of what happened in the classes. One thing I did not love, though, was the chanting of "om." None of my early teachers could explain what it meant or why we were doing it.
I have found that one of the most challenging parts of my job is to get people to look for similarities at least as zealously as they look for differences. The more we identify as different, the less happy we are because we are denying the nature of the world. We are not separate.
Many long-time yoga practitioners are disturbed by how "commercialized" yoga, now a $6 billion industry, has become. But that doesn't make today's yoga any less "authentic," or even less spiritually-minded.