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April 27, 2015
Namaskar Dear Ones,
Please excuse my writing, as English isn't my first language.
Why ds one love Yoga? It can be for many reasons. Some like the challenge of physical mastery (Hatha, Ashtanga, Kundani, and Vinyasa). Some like the feeling of spiritual enlightenment (Samadhi and Bhakti). Yes, it is possible. Some like the pusuit of knowlege and truth (Jnana Yoga). Some like to help others (Karma Yoga).
My passion is Jnana Yoga. When I was at a meeting this past week, a scholar mentioned, "the time to learn." This typically starts from birth and we continue into our years at university and then we go into the work place. Most office workers learn mundane tasks, which give no mental challenges. People may learn the ropes during the on the job training process.
But after that it's blah, blah, blah..........boring work - doing the same tasks every day. No creativity or independence required at work. They snoop on your calls, e-Mails, and your bathroom time. Of course, nobody in the office knows how to do anything right - especially when the company takes financial losses. "My boring job" could be a movie of comedy, satire, and drama. Some of the sales people are close to suicide, losing their homes, taking pay cuts and the company has a new system to rob them of their commissions each month. The company constantly changes the rules so even the best sales people take pay losses - no matter how many hours or how hard they work. One single mom sales person would work on her accounts at home, after work, until she fell asleep in front of her PC monitor. Her thanks - a 75% commission pay cut. She now has the highest commissions in the company.
Just by chance, I visited a yoga class with a friend to unwind from the day. Within one month I found passion for life better health and contant learning. I love thumbing through scriptures and I love reading Paulji's blog posts and articles. I love teaching yoga to everyone who wants to learn. I finally left my office working life to do full-time teaching. I found that I wanted to do something useful, so I becacame a substitute physical ed teacher in a private school and taught yoga as a sub too. This year an opening makes it possible to spend the restof my life in studies and teaching.
Blessings to the many yoga teachers who provide advice in these forums. Blessings to the others who provide real life experience. Blessings to Paulji for providing us with an association that is open to new ideas and dsn't cling to old dogma. Blessings to those who struggle to find inner peace - the answers can be found in the articles, ebooks, and blogs within this wonderful yoga site.
Peace be with you, Juli
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