An immediate effect of natural state
by alexander johnny
Brothers and sisters, sisters and brothers,
My previous blog posts have been rather dreary, but if you have read, then you will know that they do not come without purpose or reason. I do think these times have challenged me in a necessary and very time-relevant manner in order for me to grow and develop what parts of my life were lacking at this present time. Thanks for your support and for all of your readership. It has been a bit unnerving for me to leave the blog without any new writing on it for such long periods of time and a bit overbearing to me when I let that happen. I feel that I should write when I know the feeling is there to write, but even then, I was not writing. It was an internal battle. It is my hope to keep a steady pace of news for you to follow, in addition of course to visual aids and a supply of new and upcoming art pieces as well. That is all in the works. It has been a rocky start but I will not back down.
The immediate response I speak of, comes in the form of our natural state and coming back to that. The falling away from our natural state or simply living away from it is something many go through day in and day out. We suffer, we strive, we stress, we celebrate. It’s an up-and-down rollercoaster with goals in sight at the end, but the entire way to that goal seems to be battling you tooth and nail. I’m hoping to shed some light on this topic in that goals are well and good, but constantly looking towards greener grass causes you to miss that present happiness, through that present state of living.
I was pleasantly and immediately brought back to that state of peaceful being and contentment through a simple, though much-needed, yoga session yesterday. I had not been in days, mainly due to all the running around the city, job-hunting and such, and because my pennies were being spent on that running around. In order to redeem this, I successfully set up a work-trade with a local studio, and was able to attend my first, free session though their awesome program and will be able to continue my practice while simply offering up a few hours of my time each week.
I suppose this is getting long-winded, so to drive my point home, this simple session of yoga took all of that built-up angst from the past couple of weeks and threw it out the window. I put myself back in a place where I am calm and strong. A free and clear spirit brings your mind away from all the busyness and will give you clarity. For me, this result came from yoga. For you it may be another practice or moment. Stop putting that off and just let yourself and your spirit get what it needs. So much of the day is spent running around and crossing busy work off of these mundane lists we make for ourselves. Believe me, my lists are a bit wild right now, but for no reason, should we let that take us away from our natural and peaceful stillness that is living life. You may ask, “Why would I want to be still in life, when life is all about growth and process?” To shed light further, this stillness I speak of is not the actual act of sitting still, but is a state of being. A state that allows you, as the being, to be fully present and still with whatever it is you may do, whoever it is you may be. Your “stillness” will go with you wherever it is you may go. Whatever distractions or obstacles arise, will be easily weighed and overcome as your peaceful stillness gives you a very enlightened wisdom of reaction. Soak that in and breathe.
Two quotes from Sarah at Root Yoga last night:
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ― E.E. Cummings
“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”― F.Scott Fitzgerald
Good bye for now. – Alexander