Last week at Whistler's animal shelter WAG, I was surprised to hear that they had haters. There are people in this town who don't like the shelter and who want it gone. I've always thought of the shelter as a good cause, and was humbled to remember that some people will oppose what I think are altruistic causes.
The reality is, not everyone loves everything. At a personal level, this is really important to remember. It's tempting to say "Haters gonna hate," but so much more rewarding to quote my friend Alex Echols and say "I am not for everyone."
Whatever you're up to and whatever journey you're on, everyone is not meant to love you.
And that's all good. Do your work and be true to yourself. By releasing the expectation that the whole world loves you, you free yourself to just be.
I often struggle to balance Yin and Yang in my practice and teachings - that is, to locate myself between my two yoga loves: the First, a deep current of sensitivity and awareness cultivated by subtlety and stillness, and the Second, the sweat and stimulating rigor of a physically challenging practice.
Reflection always leads me to the same conclusion: It's all good!
'Yoga' as I know it describes access to Union - a process of self-realization that leads to the insight to know that peace is everything. In truth, we can see that we're all made up of love. And as our illusions of otherwise dissolve, along with them dissolve the means by which we got there.
So rather than attaching to one yoga love or another, I hereby commit to getting groovy. To accepting all approaches as nutritious gravy. Because it's all good!
Please join my exploration of the Yin side of things at Whistler Yogacara, every Sunday at 4:30pm.
I'm overjoyed to announced that I will be presenting at Wanderlust Festival in Whistler this summer.
I hope you can join me for outdoor adventures into the majestic wilderness that is my backyard. Expect new perspectives through free movement, mindful hikes, tree hugging, and more July 30- Aug 2 in Whistler.
Check me out next to legends like Ana Forrest, Seane Corne, Shakti Sunfire, and Michael Franti:
Today I found myself reading Vij’s At Home cookbook with the same fervor most reserve for erotic novels. On the edge of my seat and entranced by every word, I salivated at each turn of phrase and every addition of a new flavor through spice. Wholly titillated, each cell of my being vibrated in anticipation of taste as I turned through the pages of scrumptious medleys and sumptuous mealtime stories.
In my experience to date, Vij’s at Home never disappoints. As they say, “Relax, honey.” Something delicious is going to happen for certain at my house later today.