Another moment to be Here.
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Last night I watched this sort of chilling documentary about big data. We are constantly leaving breadcrumbs of ourselves in the digital wake of our posting, liking, commenting, purchasing, swiping, calling, texting. And just recently, WE became a greater commodity than oil! That's right. Your personality profile has become extremely valuable. We have become predictable. You may think that your phone is listening to you, but really these algorithms have gotten so darn good that your very next desire is easily discerned. They think of what you want before you want it!
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So it's easy (at least emotionally) to push our technology away. It's tempting to become a recluse and just get off grid and go live in the woods. But...
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Yoga is action. It's about taking action and participating in the interconnectivity of ALL things. The ancient sages had immense wisdom, but they also didn't have these algorithms and swiping-induced dopamine pumping slot machines that are our phones. We are in a very different world. AND, these yoga tools stand up to the test of time and distraction. While the "problems" of our modern time have become more digitalized, the nature of them hasn't changed: distraction, longing, aversion, ignorance/false perception, doubt, laziness, dis-ease. Our technology is amplifying these things, but they have always been there.
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So, come back to your Yoga--and this yoga is just for you. There are many teachers and so many practices that are available in person and online. Seek out classes/practices/teachers that speak not only to your anatomical alignment, but also to your heart and mind and soul. This is a full being practice for a life of fully being. Don't stop at Asana. It is but one step along a lifetime journey of self inquiry. The technology isn't going anywhere, sadly. So we need to find ways to live with it more mindfully--to take breaks, maybe together and just be in nature and in breath without staring down all the time. It's exhausting and my eyes are hurting just writing all of this. I pray that you find balance and peace in your life. And I pray that you are able to set down this darn brick and just sit.

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