Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Logan Galang

He is the son of one of my dearest friends, and is one day old.

So... I'm doing the yoga. It's an introduction into Hatha Yoga, by the way, Cassie. I like the stretching, and the balancing, and the pushing myself aspect of it. The whole Ann Arbor hippie vibe... well, it's all right. I mean, I can dig the whole "take it easy while at the same time engage your presence in the universe" sort of thing, and yoga is thousands of years old for a reason. I don't know. I suppose my working-class back ground is keeping me from buying into it without examination.

Any way, We did the poses and the stretching and the breathing, then the corpse pose. Then, our instructor sent us out to observe our wooded, pastoral campus for twenty minutes, and then draw what we saw after wards. I mean, I am digging it... but I really want to ridicule it at the same time.

Kim and I are doing ok, I think. I love her very much, and I am trying to be the guy. I don't know how well of a job I really am accomplishing though...


Kimber said...

Tree huggin HIPPIE!!!!

cassdawn said...

um - walking around breathing nature and drawing about it is cool but is not necessary to the practice of yoga.

it is very difficult to find a teacher who knows how to balance your body mechanics and the spiritual aspect. there is inextricably a spiritual aspect because the entire practice is ultimately about breath and letting go BUT the point is to get there with your body. the poses alone will lead you there. and "there" is different for everyone so having someone come and basically tell you what you should get out of it is . . patoooie!

also, imho, any religion or practice or whatever, that can not see the humor in its self is worthless. so laugh away. get what you need / want out of it and leave the rest.

and you should never never never (again imho) buy into anything without examination. the trick is that at the same time you have to let it be an open examination. realize where your own biases play. try to imagine selling the idea of jesus/christianity to someone who'd never ever heard of it. so try to see where you are ridiculing because you are prejudice and where you are ridiculing cuz it's just plain silly.

that's my two cents worth. actually i could go on and on - i've seen a lot of bad yoga teachers out there.