The concept of “Zen” is all about enlightenment, and I guess one wouldn’t ordinarily link Blogging and Yoga together as forms of zen. In my case, however, these two things have converged in an interesting way.
I’ll explain: I’ve found my blogging experience to be most enlightening for many, many reasons – the learning, the writing, the expression, the relationships, etc. Blogging is Zen.
Yoga is all about Zen and discovering yourself. My wife has been involved with yoga for several years now and just recently became a certified teacher (yeah!).
As she was being trained I toyed with the idea of taking yoga lessons myself – my exercise had become limited to 30 minutes on a treadmill a few days a week, when I was home (on the road it was nonexistent). It looked pretty hard so I held off. And held off. And held off.
Finally, last weekend I decided to take the plunge, and my wife very ably and wonderfully delivered my first yoga lesson.
It was hard. Some of these positions put my body in places it hasn’t been for probably 30 years. It probably was comical.
But somewhere in that lesson I saw it – the elegance of it, the poetry in motion (not me just yet!), the ability to hit virtually all the important muscle groups with such smooth and fascinating motions (no jumping jacks here). I could see how it can get someone in great shape.
Bam! Enlightenment, Part 2.
OK, I know it was only one lesson. But I’m going to try to stick with it and see what happens.
I’ll keep you posted!