Homework while Micah is in Kenya

I gave my Saturday class homework before I left. It was inspired by my desire to make our yoga practice a more integrated aspect of our everyday living. Lately, a larger community of yogis have been behaving badly and I found I was disheartened. I expect more of us. I expect greatness in conduct, in contribution, in application of the principles we teach and explore. I can’t help it. The disappointment is easy to live with when I am, but without holding the bar high, I feel I am complacent and I can’t live with that. So, I gave us all homework. Literally, something to take home and practice.
A quote and an adage made the homework easy to recall. “The unexamined life is not worth living.” And “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
Both brilliant statements, and when used together, promise to yield profound insight. In essence, I was suddenly struck with a relatively simple idea that would change my world if I really applied it. I realized that every thought, statement, or deed, was a declaration to the universe about who I believed I was. Then, each moment and the manner in which I spend it, is either leaving this world a better place, or contributing to the problems already overwhelming us. If I did not examine my life, I would never have observed this, and starting with not contributing to the negative noise in our collective space seemed like a good place to start. While away, I promise I will continue to explore me and this world, and I will do my best to remain a positive influence, to say true and kind things, or I will experience my silence.

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  1. I love this post Micah! It’s distressing to see people respond to negatively to situations and other people. Even worse, is the more you are surrounded by it, the easier it is to fall into the same patterns. I find it exhausting to try to put a ‘positive spin’ on things, when some people just don’t want to hear it. On the other side, I think it’s more difficult to bring in negative energy when someone is constantly positive… we do what we can.

    Comment by Dana — April 4, 2012 @ 11:24 am

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