I do feel that my yoga practices and my art tie into my entire life experience. There is a huge overlap between knowledge, practice, and understanding. We humans seek it out to become our best selves. And today there is so much opportunity; podcasts, books, magazines, the internet... we can stumble into amazing knowledge from so many delightful sources. But we have to approach them, and ourselves, with caution.
Like now, I'm listening to a podcast series (I'm a podcast junkie) and the author, David McRaney, pointed out that we average humans are now engaging in the same quantity of writing that has typically been produced by academics. The internet has upped the amount of written word we engage in. Paired with this is the knowledge that we write most when we disagree. :-/
(If you get a chance check out the You are Not so Smart podcast. I'm listening to the current series McRaney is sharing on logical fallacies)
This struck me pretty strongly. The impact on our modern society and what it could be. We are now able to share ideas (beautiful) but we still get hung up on being right (sometimes sucky). There are times that pushing an idea, the correctness of it, is important. I'm thinking things like equality, compassion; the kind of ethics that promote the goodness and diversity of humanity.
And I'm not against the correcting of grammar, and incorrect assumptions based on incorrect data. Hech, my grammar leaves a lot to be desires so I love help in that department! We should strive to have the best (most true) knowledge we can. But we should be cautious of or "need" for superiority... that ish just doesn't pan out in a good way.
Here is where the ART and YOGA enter into the picture; intent. What is the intent of YOGA and what is the intent of ART? How can these two intentions effect our intent in communication, and how will that affect humanity as a whole? Let me drop this idea for you:
The intention of yoga is (understand that this is my current understanding of the practice) to understand the self so clearly that you can then give your best and improve your life and the life of everyone else. That is some heavy beautiful stuff... then we add in art. The purpose here is (my understanding, again) to comment on life and society to effect positive change. It's not just a beauty thing (though that can offer up it's own societal improvements). There is intense honesty in both actions; what happens if we take these practices into our communications? Honesty and a desire to promote positive change.
So here is your challenge; be intensely honest in your communications this week. Practice the yama (yoga principal of right behavior) satya, meaning non-falsehood. If you are ready to dive a little deeper into the practice, check out this article from Yoga Journal (you over-achiever you) on the yamas and niyamas. Next week we will dive into this philosophy; kicking off a study on philosophy and ethics. And how it effects change, affects our lives and practices. Because spring, because humanity, because we all want to be our best for the world.
Love long and prosper, Muses.
Jocelynne Lowans is an animated Yogini-Artist on a mission to deepen the creative experience and growth of the world while remaining a crazy cat lady.