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Chocolate, Yoga and Cults December 22, 2009

Filed under: Healthy Mind,Physical Wellness,Spiritual Wellness — aprasek @ 12:29 am

These are the three things on my mind right now. I know, random. But, they’re kind of connected… 

Last week was finals week for me. Ugh. The dreaded week always gets the best of me. One day last week, I actually had malt balls for breakfast. Yup, malt balls. And quite a few of them.

This evening was a bit different. I took some much needed silent time to just sit and be still. After some solitude, I enjoyed a square of extra dark chocolate that had bits of orange peel hidden within (a personal fave of mine). It was divine. I sat with the chocolate for a while and thought about last week. I realized that I likely missed a lot of wonderful moments last week because I was too wrapped up in the stress of my own little world. Seriously, I didn’t even take time to enjoy my malt ball breakfast.  

This evening I was able to reconnect with the help of a great yoga class. It was actually this feeling of connection that attracted me to yoga nearly eight years ago (during a finals week). So, a recent article in the Star Tribune about bringing yoga into schools really got my attention. But what was even more interesting were the comments in response to the article. The main complaint was that “yoga is a religion” and it was wrong to push it in our schools.

I’m curious… what do you think? Is yoga a religious practice that should not be offered in schools?

Then I came across this interesting story about a practice called Dahn Yoga. The practice has been labeled a cult by some and a saving grace by others. Apparently, the founder of this practice should have been on a few episodes of MTV cribs. Some former Dahn practitioners believe much of the money from the organization goes to fund the founder’s extravagant lifestyle. Nonetheless, some people still see this practice (and its founder) as a path to enlightenment. 

What do you think? Can spiritual transformation be assisted through the guidance of someone (or a system) who does not have pure intentions?

So these are my random musings of the day and week. Now that my life is a little less chaotic, I look forward to posting more on WG and reconnecting with my web family 🙂

 

Breathe in, Peace out,

Aimee

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5 Responses to “Chocolate, Yoga and Cults”

  1. Mary Says:

    Wow, that article on Dahn was pretty intense. It is funny because when I lived in Korea I couldn’t find a yoga class to save my life – maybe that saved my life?

    I love practicing Yoga and it has brought me a lot of peace with my spiritual side. Of course I came from a background of organized religion that touts an us verses everyone else mentality. All the specific rules about who would make it into the kingdom drove me insane. I don’t easily subscribe to thinking what people tell me to. I love questioning. I think I would question spending all that money to find enlightenment…but you never know.

  2. Nicki Says:

    I love that you actually had malt balls for breakfast! Gives me hope 🙂 I’ve tried yoga & got a lot of heat about it from my bery religious family (christian). They all thought it was of the occult. Yet they had never tried it. People are scared of what they don’t know & some won’t even try to learn. If you dismiss & deny stuff simply based on rules that have been interpreted by someone else, then you don’t have to do the hard work & really explore. Sad in my opinion.

  3. chibo Says:

    I say, sure, disingenuous people can still help others find enlightenment and/or spirtual well-being… Tis no guarantee, of course, but then, the best intentions don’t guarantee anything either. hmm… i wonder what the “yoga is a religion” people have in their religious background…what a world!!

  4. Jen Says:

    I agree with Mary. Yoga helped me spiritually in my own faith (Christianity). People just freak out with the different language. I mean really, we’re all talking about the same thing.

  5. Kimber Says:

    For me, yoga solidifies the sometimes wispy connection between mind and body which allows me to live in the present moment. All the worries about the future go away. None of the yoga classes I have been to nor any readings I have come across have convinced me that yoga is a religion. Religion usually has some requirement about belief, salvation, and conversion. Yoga asks you to just be you. Whew. What a relief. For me, I enjoy a good bread pudding for breakfast. Namaste


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