The practice of undoing human doings

Websites, social media, business cards, conversations. In these spaces and sites are commonly recited titles for the activities we do. To give others a picture, a snapshot, of “who we are” by what we do. The tricky part of sharing a picture, is an attempt to connect the image to an identity.

The image reaches, as if to say this is who I am, and that is who they are, the understanding reflexive. This picture we send out to the wide web of others, whom we now biblically describe as followers, can prescribe a picture we make unto ourselves. This picture may follow some notions about what our expectations about what constitutes a human.

The funny bit about this situation is the boundary, or confines we make for ourselves. And if practiced over and over, muscle our ways into an exercise of inhumane practice of creating ideals to fill our time with. To drone out on our own recipe. Sounds like the recipe for a Hello! mid-life crisis at 20? 30? or how about another one at 70?

What if, because daydreaming is fun, each human were to practice softness? A kind of fluidity of boundaries? And I don’t mean in all the popular ways, because there are now boundless words for the proclaimed woke to put onto whatever they are putting their bodies into or around. Hey let’s not beat around the bush now!

Boundaries that are fluid, that don’t hunt for the badge of I AM AND YOU SHALL OBEY because I said I am take up the new technology in strides and puts the focus on the structure to provide human life. The common people are freer than written history to dedicate themselves to pursuits less (or sometimes more) material, the kinds of fulfilling from the inside sort of stuff the Internet culture cherishes.

Work and leisure are redefined, placing activities in the perspective of what you want to be doing with your life-you as the composer of the moving picture- the director, the casting agent, the set designer, stylist, cinematographer and audio guy (because someone needs to point a fuzzy microphone for anyone to hear what is being said!)

Phew, did you ever know you were going to be born onto a set of life? Usually there’s a whole crew making the story up, and now suddenly, with technology, it’s all been thrust upon you! Wait, but it was like that before technology-and probably 20 years from now, if we keep at the rate of development we are, people will be looking back at life, from the ending, wondering what the big production was really all about?

Was it really about making the world a better place? CHANGING THE WORLD? Oh my goodness! Can you imagine the weight of that responsibility? Does choosing the kind of milk, from the vast array of 30+ options make one qualified for such a task. Heavens! let’s stick to coats, shoes, milks, and yoga for now, ok?

In reality though, there are a lot of colors of paint, there are a lot of things you can do with your day. And the art of doing anything is in really doing it fully. Half assed living is about as enriching as half assed art. You can look at it, but you can’t really do much more than that. Full assed art, or making with life, takes guts and brains. You’re going to have to think about things.

Consideration is time to be creative, to choose, one of those little routes that seem like a detour, might be path to pick up the kind of things that enrich life-which isn’t reckless abandon but something more often resembling responsibility, instead of lazing around on a floatie, taking the opportunity to dive deeper. The spectrum of risk isn’t always to the reward, but content people are usually full of qualities like: humane, gentle, brash, funny, quirky, loving, jerks, -you get the picture. A diverse picture of things. All of which were done, so you could be given the art of today.

Pain and Paying Attention

Pain. Probably not the most favorite of topics. A sensation people often seek to avoid. Yet at some point crosses your path, invades or strikes your body. The key point in addressing pain is in developing a relationship with it. Not as a way to attach and identify with the pain, but to process the signal as an invitation to come to know something about your body or yourself that you hadn’t before.

As new life emerges into existence, pain is part of that process. The realities about pain are far more generative and serving toward development and learning when they are accepted, worked through and released than with a quick patch or attempt to fix.

There are times where softening pain can be of service to working through pain. There are times when numbing pain can be of service to addressing the root. The point is not about what is the right or wrong way to manage or work through pain, but to rather consider there is a message pain is attempting to signal-shining a bright pointer towards an awareness.

Tears often accompany pain. Tears may signal a passing of an ideal when confronted with reality. Think about going along during your day and then something happens that hurts- internally, physically, or psychologically- and this kind of disruption in the stream of reality may bring something to your attention that causes discomfort. In the passing of tears, a refresh. A salt bath, as something that heals and cleanses the body- tears can heal and cleanse the mind and imagination.

Addressing pain is not an invitation to be afraid, though fear may accompany pain, but rather requests great courage. For it takes courage to seek support, request assistance, find guidance in some way. Treating pain with directness is often more compassionate than attempting to pretend its not there or will it away. Yet excessive focus on pain itself can detract from gaining from the experience something that can be useful.

Developing a relationship to understanding pain are articulating the different ways the sensation arrives and passes through the body. Immediate pain, localized pain, the severity of the pain-these are all considerations worth noting. No pain, however small or large ought to be ignored-yet neither belaboured or blamed. And for those living with chronic pain-the experience of pain develops into something entirely different. With support and guidance, many hands of help may facilitate a learning of a way towards ease in experience, balance within the body. Pain can be a signal toward guiding choices towards healthy balance and being aware in your body, and interested in your life.

And your life, as one of a kind as it is, in all of the myriads of expression, offers an opportunity to make choices to navigate all kinds of experiences- guiding through pain, free from pain, and able to manage whatever pain that may or may not transpire in the future. By reaching out for guidance, taking active responsibility towards choosing support that helps in facing what life brings up for us-are actions of choosing to live towards health, balance and enjoyment. Pain becomes another shade of experience. One of the many waves of experience. And that kind of shift can produce all kinds of radical change.

Hello Yoto!

You may have felt it or experienced it before and never known what to call it. You know, that feeling of losing track of time. Maybe you have deja vu. Or perhaps you felt like you were doing magic and not sure where it was coming from. Well that it, that thing you were feeling is Yoto. Yoto is the flow of creative energy. Yoto is around us, within us, and our very bodies are made of this material. When you learn about Yoto,  you gain the ability to reveal the form of yourself, situations in your life, the perceptions and sensations you experience and are open to. Yoto is always available, like an old friend, a dear parent, teacher, or those best memories from childhood. Welcome to the creative process and say hello to Yoto.