Life is a series of processes. First there is gestation followed by birth. The last process is death. Life is everything in between these two processes.
In today's world we wish to skip through processes because of the many illusions that our modern conveniences have brought to us. Most of us walk less and sit more. Exercise may be going to the store or going to the gym. As in the 1800's, we could go to a special hotel for $5.00 a week and be treated to mineral bathes and special tonics to improve our well being. Today, our mineral waters come in many colors and have many different purposes and may cost us $2.98 and up. The trip to that special hotel now may cost you anywhere from $250 a night up to $1000.00 a night. My have times changed!
The pace of our life has come at what price? Do we get more for our dollar spent today compared to 1800's or even the 1950's?
Some of us no longer cook our own food, except in a microwave oven and the meal comes pre cooked and frozen. Or we may buy prepared food in the refrigerated food section of produce. Fresh produce may travel many miles to sit on the shelf of some time. We are guided in this direction and that direction to establish a better life style, whatever that means. We are given more choices in diet to improve our health, while forgetting that there was a time when drought would mean no food for anyone. The grocery store didn't exist.
We are more interconnected with the world at large and yet we still have bridges of communication that need to be established. Your health and well being is a personal responsibility. We don't come with a warranty nor an owners manual. So what is a poor person to do. How does one understand these new process of life. Life does present thorns and flowers at the same time. Words can be spoken with those same barbs and draw the same pain of a pricked finger. My own conversation with myself can be just as confrontational as a warring mob. So enters the process of yoga. Learning to change my focus so that I have more peace in my Life with myself and others. Yoga is not about how well I can do a backbend nor whether I can bring my forehead to my knees.
What a concept. The longer I have worked at learning the process of yoga the happier I have become. Then I remember that for some the process of learning is lost in the clothing to be worn to class and the right yoga mat to be used. Am I drinking the best chai tea or pumpkin latte! Have I learned how to move more graciously into one pose or the other? Or am I doing this yoga style or that one?
Once again I stop and muse over what is really important and what is just jibberish anyway! Part of the process we live is learning.