14 July 2013

This Isn't Where I Parked My Car!

I was looking through some stuff and found this snippet of an old, lost conversation with someone I've forgotten. Sometimes it amazes me - the things I've let into my head, the things that have passed through. A friend of mine once told me, "Joe, you and I have already forgotten more than most people will ever know..."

Well, entire worlds have been lost to the black hole that is my memory. I'm very bird-brained that way. Always on to the next shiny thing. Talking to me must have been frustrating.

Anyway, I got a kick out of seeing this. It's from at least five years ago. I don't care what you think.

05 April 2013

From the Vedas to the Magazines

A Short History of Yoga

Mysticism is a word for the philosophy or science of human transformation. Some of you may be familiar with the phrase “the method of Science – the aim of Religion” – which is a particularly succinct way of describing mysticism. Despite its contemporary, “Westernized” manifestation of rhythmic breathing and stretches or poses for building a strong body, yoga is such a system of methodical experimentation, observation, and data collection applied to the self as a means to know oneself, know reality, and unite or harmonize with that reality. This sounds a bit more intense than the activities that go on in gyms and studios across the country, so how did this stuff develop from such a rich spiritual tradition?

30 January 2013

Be a Person!

I really can not remember at all where I found this meme, but kudos to whoever made it and to Chris Rock for pointing out the idiocy of bandwagon thinking.

I think it's a great and natural kind of thing - to be in and to identify with a particular group - but not to allow that group identity to replace your own thoughts and feelings. Think! Explore your own feelings without judging them as good or bad or weird. Otherwise, you won't really get to know yourself or where you really fit in, will you?