I began this blog mostly to extend a Gita study group of a dozen people to a wider audience. But it's also, for exposure and promotion of the things I do to help create a more peaceful loving joyful existence for the planet. I think that's what a yoga teacher is meant to do, not mix it with mimosas, paddleboards, goats, selling mattresses or whatever else to make it popular. But I get it, we all have to do something to keep a roof over our head but I'm not here to exploit yoga.
Few years ago I was on that trend, yoga became a business endeavor for myself and the business that I was with. I was combining yoga with chocolate, it was a tastey addition to yoga and it did get some more butts in the seat but I'm not about that anymore. Teaching classical yoga is how I learnt Yoga back in 81, and that Cacao diversion taught me to allow Yoga to just be Yoga. Yoga works by itself, it has for over 6000 years. For any of us, it's just a matter of doing it, whether in a class or not. It's a matter of living it whether one does the Asanas, Pranayama, Meditation, Jnana, Bhakti, Japa, Kriya, etc or not.
So about a year-and-a-half to two years ago I started sharing my Jnana yoga practice-my daily Gita study with a friend. It soon grew to a dozen of us and it could have been more but each time I sent the text message to more than 12 my phone would delete something or someone from the group😳 so I kept it at a dozen (I hear it's good number-disciples, eggs, etc and 1+2=3- whatever that means in numerology.) Then there were those times when the phone wouldn't send the message at all or send it to some and not others, it became a love-joy relationship for me to share daily Gita verses.
So transparency, here I am now sharing my thoughts and feelings as well as the Ancient Jewish teachings of the Kabbalah (though it is of another spiritual tradition it is still Jnana Yoga). And I think, 'I have an invisible audience. No one is commenting.' It feels as if I'm broadcasting a radio show not knowing who it's reaching. Ah, but because of the station's ratings, knowing without a doubt that someones' are out there listening. Or in this case knowing someones' are out there reading, thinking, appreciating, liking or disliking. I know this because my website tells me of the amount of people that view my blog daily.
Funny thing to start and have a Blog. I call it my blob😆
Truly, I love to write, I love to express and share my thoughts and feelings in written form, I'm a journaling addict. But truly, I started this blog to extend some spiritual teachings. Daily for over that last year and a half or so we actually started and finished the Bhagavad Gita. It was a 3 volume Gita (with superb commentary) by Eknath Easwaran. It was a lovely, fantastic mind expanding journey. Mentally watching Krishna and Arjuna dialog in the middle of a battlefield was the ultimate the battle of watching the windmills of the mind, often my heart beat faster from the depth of the innocence of those passages.
Thank you Arjuna for your transparency!
Now here I am also transparent. I'm kinda feeling like the title of Erykah Badu's song 'Annie Don't Wear No Panties'. It is a conscious, carefree outing of oneself to share a blog. But you know at this point of my life I'm good with that and maybe my silent audience will begin to comment become visible, dare to be transparent, and maybe not.
It's all good👍
Happy Rainy Saturday,
I know you're there.