A relatively non-flexible yoga practitioner with a curiosity never quite satisfied.
I became inspired to start this blog because of a particularly dull moment in my life when I was watching TV many years ago and a trailer for the movie Eat Pray Love came on. Instantly captivated by Julia Roberts (an all-time fave of mine), I watched in awe as this 20 second spot showed me all the things I wanted in life: love, God, travel, realization, truth, yoga, Italy, food…the list goes on. The point is that I knew I had to read the book it was based off of. So I did.
One part stood out to me: Liz was meditating (most of the time to no avail, like me) and she finally experienced that purely Zen moment that most people set out to achieve when they meditate. A book summary on ShepardProject.com explains this moment best: “For the Indian Yogic tradition, this experience is ‘depicted as a snake who lies coiled at the base of the spine until it is released by a master’s touch or by a miracle, and which then ascends up through seven chakras, or wheels (which you might also call the seven mansions of the soul), and finally through the head, exploding into union with God.’ This union produces a blue light which radiates from the middle of their heads—called ‘the blue pearl.'”
That sounds like a whole lot of legends & religious oddity, I know. But what I found through this book was that I am not alone in my quest for those unforgettably perfect moments in life. I’ve found a lot of mine when I take care of my mind and my body through laughter, time with family, yoga, traveling, weight lifting, running and my grandmother’s molasses cookies. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, ancient yogic scriptures called The Upanishads, say it best: “Pure, clean, void, tranquil, breathless, selfless, endless, undecaying, steadfast, eternal, unborn, independent, he abides in his own greatness.”
So here I am, years later, looking to abide in my own greatness every time I set off for a run, for a sweat session in yoga, or an attempt at meditation.