I wasn’t sure how I wanted to do this whole website thing. When I started building it one of the default tabs is the Blog. I saw that tab and rolled my eyes, yet another yogi blog, that’s exactly what the internet needs! I don’t think I’m the kind of person to blog about super healthy recipes, nor do I have a lot to say in written form about the benefits of certain postures. Or maybe just not yet, because after I thought about it, all I really want to do, is show you who I am, and share my journey – hopefully encouraging others in their journey – and show the internet that Yogis are regular humans too.
I consider myself spiritual, and I believe in the soul, and the connection we all share to every living thing, and don’t get me wrong – I can get into a meditative groove that makes me feel like I’m on a shamanic retreat with Terrance Mckenna, but I just can’t be one of those outwardly super spiritual people. I have so many friends like that, and they are beautiful, and I admire their energy, but I guess I’m just too Kapha – I’m majorly grounded. You know the type I’m talking about – they’re the ones sitting in the park soaking in the trees energy that they sit under, or they spontaneously feel compelled to give a friend a Reiki healing or they’re dancing wildly in the drum circle. I’ve done all of those things, and when I see people like that my eyes always shine with inspiration – these types of people are amazing, and we need more of them, but in recent years I opt for sitting around the drum circle listening to the beat and sharing a beer with friends.
As I was discovering my spirituality in my early twenties, I went from my atheist, apathetic, lazy side of the spectrum to the other extreme. I experimented with psychoactive substances, explored crystals and energy healing – the height of my wild drum circle dancing days. Now that I’m a little older I’ve floated back down to earth with all the same beautiful lessons I’ve learned, but with a more relaxed way of expressing it.
I think what also helped ground me was my Yoga practice. It allows me to channel that spiritual energy into a practical, physical place within myself. I am thankful every day for my physical body and its ability to express my spiritual being in a tangible way.
One of my favourite comedians is Bill Hicks. He is a foul-mouthed, dark-humoured, politically charged comedian and one of his best quotes in my opinion puts my spiritual beliefs, and the laid back tone of those beliefs so perfectly. The context of the joke is that Bill wishes for once, there would be a positive drug story aired on the news:
“Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Heres Tom with the Weather.”
― Bill Hicks
I think that’s the perfect way to finish this first post. If you are still confused about when I said the word Kapha – don’t worry, I’ll post about Ayurveda and the Doshas soon.