I just got back last night, myself and the boy, the boyfriend, Chris. We went to Martha's Vineyard for a few days, and it was a wonderful time. But, it really had me thinking, and not even thinking, but just an understanding that I have really held in a lot of areas of my life, what I would say is extreme rigidity. There's a joke that's often talked about in yoga that no one ever gets happy, right? From being rigid. It's not the way. Yet, you know, I think based on who you are as a person and myself, I can [inaudible 00:01:36] speak for myself here, is that when I hear about how to do things or the best way to practice yoga, or what book is telling us what to do, and how much practice, and what kind of food, and what kind of diet, and I can really, especially if something works, I get really, so deep into it that I think I lose sight of my ability to be pliable, my ability to roll with life and to experience life.
I was just thinking about it, specifically from a yoga perspective, from the teachings, what it means to transform. And even more specifically, as I watched people, throughout a teacher training, getting to be with someone over a nine or ten month program is such a gift to be able to watch what it is that happens from the beginning to end because everyone always comes in beautiful, of course. And then when you see them leave at the end on to the next phase of their life, what really has happened and what's happened from the yoga perspective would be my deeper offering, and the inquiry of what really transformation is because so often I think that we think about transformation as changing into someone else. But as I'll offer in the dharma talk, I think that the yoga offers a completely different definition of transformation.
Today's talk is on brain fog. Brain fog is real and there's science to prove it, and there's yogic science to prove it. This goes back over 5,000 years old, and it's also been proven recently in our scientific model as well.
Brain fog, right? I guess the questions would be, have you ever actually thought about the toxic sludge or buildup in your brain and whether or not you are successfully bringing blood and nutrition into your brain and the waste out? If you aren't, what does that look like in your daily life? Lubricating your channels around the brain is super important to the intelligence.
Today the dharma talk is going to be on non-attachment, and what does that really mean? And so, that consideration of, what do wants really bring out in us, personality wise? How do we know what we want is even what we need? Can we be okay? Can we be okay with just being? I think contentment and peace has to do with being okay as you are, so full and fulfilled. And, of course, that requires acting in the world and creating in the world, but it does not require that we be attached to the end results. I hope that you find the talk as interesting as I did.
Let's take a couple of breaths. I've been thinking about, in my own practice lately, this idea of rigidity and where it shows up. And that's as I'm paying attention to when I get rigid in my practice, what I'm finding is that it's coming back to this concept in yoga. One of the yamas is satya which is truthfulness, it's one of the practices that we do as yogis. So truthfulness, the interesting thing about truth is that it changes. And so sometimes we get so locked into a truth and we never open up to the possibility that there could be a different way or that there are more than one truth is another way. And that I have a truth and you have a truth and everyone in this room has different lenses really that we look through.
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