I found the following quote today while reading up on stuff at work. It’s from esteemed business process guru Deming. He’s talking about business but to me it’s about yoga.
“It’s not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” — William Edwards Deming
You know what, he’s right. We can’t convince everybody to join our journey, and even for the once that do it doesn’t mean that the yoga will necessarily be anything other than a exercise. We are not all ready to change. But if you take a hindu or buddhist look at it that is fine. What can’t be healed this lifetime can be worked on in the next. At least we are planting seeds towards a brighter future. Even if you take a christian view not everyone can be saved, there will always have to be the choice to make. It’s by making a choice that we prove our worth, not by getting things handed to us. We are day in, day out making a active choice towards a healthier and more aligned life for ourself. Sometime’s it easy to loose focus of that.
It’s too easy to let outside distractions in. For example letting work come before your practice. How many times in your life have you answered the question “What would you choice, health or wealth?” to yourself? Yet presented with the simple option of finishing a report or going to class how often have you chosen the opposite of what your answer to that question was? How many of those times were the selected route really that important in hindsight? Was it really that important that the report was on someones desk at 12 instead of 2pm? I’m not saying you have to make one choice or the other, or that one is more ‘right’. I just think we need to be more aware of those choices when we make them. Maybe there is more to the meaning of the Chosen people the bible talks about.
Now I hope I haven’t offended every religious or spiritual reader I have. I’ll be back to regular updates shortly.