Well. How does one distill a weekend at Kripalu with Todd Norian into one post? I guess one doesn't.
The weekend was: amazing, ecstatic, heartfelt, passionate, persuasive, encouraging, supportive, healing, rejuvinating, and - above all - GRACEful. And those are just a few words to describe it.
What became clear, above all, is that when I am THERE, when I am vibrating among yogis and yoginis, I am abundantly joyous, happy, centered, graceful, and at peace. And I know that Life Is Good. Which is, at the end of the day, the point of Tantric Philosophy.
It all makes sense to me as I listen. There are peaks and valleys. And when we're in valleys, it's wicked easy to "vibrate" at a lower level. And, thus, to see things through a different set of lenses. But, knowing this, we need to attempt to realize our painful realities are only those we're seeing through one set of lenses and to swap out for a more favorable set, as we can.
To wit: "Life stinks. I travel too much. I don't have enough friends. I don't have a solid relationship. I don't have time to take care of myself."
Sure, these things are all true. But they're not a result of our situation, they're a result of our thoughts. Much better to realize, "I have the opportunity to explore different places. I can use travel to my advantage in this way. Now is my chance to stand up for my needs to my boss. I need X for health so I hav to fight for it."
And when you change your perception, you chance your reality. I've seen it to be true.
Of course, the challenge is, how do you KEEP vibrating with vitality, day in and day out, when you're living the life of corporationhood?
Well, my answer to that is: immerse yourself.
And so, two days from now, I am going to have the difficult discussion with CBL about taking time off to pursue my yoga training.
Because, as I joked this weekend, it's that or a nervous breakdown. And yoga is cheaper.
Not to mention, yoga is much -- MUCH -- more wonderful.
I'm not talking about giving up work. I'm really just talking about aligning my vacations with some in-depth yoga training. It can work. It will work. Because now is the time. Now is the right time. All is good. Life is good. It's time I realized it.