Ok, so I have been praticing yoga for over 10 years now and I am a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor but I do still feel like a beginner and feel that I have a lot to learn. That is one of the beauties of the realm of yoga , you can always go deeper and deeper.
Recently I became interested in the Hatha, ashtanga practice because while I was doing Kundalini which is mostly seating and meditation I also ran and did heavy cardio work but I injured my foot with plantar fascitis so I cant do it anymore…
So I discovered ashtanga which incorporates heavy physical work in a moving meditation and I am loving how instense it is and how concentrated you have to be in order to hold the poses! Talk about being in the present moment!
Also it has helped me be more stable in meditation because the physical asanas of yogas are meant to prepare our body for meditation ( not for a beautiful handstand photo for instagram ) . All types of yoga help the channels ( nadis, meridians) flow correctly so our energy and brain signals do not get interrupted and we can function at our 100% in life. Because our body is the only permanent possesion we have in this life. So we have to take care of it .
The thing is that with the myriad of yoga styles there is out there one can get confused but the thing is to chose the one that calls to you at the moment of your life , just to have 60-90 mins ( typical duration of yoga classes) of consciouss movement and breath will change your life. Do it try it , do not take my word but experiment it yourself.
That could be kundalini, ashtanga, hatha, javamukti … they all work wonders
Here is a link to a research done on the benefits of 8 weeks of yoga
Most people see technology as apart from us or as a tool that could eventually be evil or turn against us . But I do think that technology is an extension of the human mind. We are able to communicate almost instantly like telepathy with an extension of an iphone. It all the depends how we use it like FIRE
Got inspire after my last visit at the San Francisco De Young Museum’s “cult of the machine ” exhibit
Emitting a brilliance as if illuminated from within, Rothko´s painting often arouse a deeply emotional responso from viewers. His aim was to create intimate and enveloping environments in which the color, texture, and scale of his compositions would draw the viewer closer. Here the large red orange passage with its velvety, luminous surface helps achive this effect by seeming to project forwar into the viewer´s space, while the dense, dark indigo band below pulls back into itseld. A warm eggpland color at the paintings perimeter gently frames our gaze and encourages us to attend to the act of looking
Ok so this is the explanation at the Sfmoma , and yes I have to say that this painting completely made me look , stop and go within. Which is what is said in all meditation and mindfulness practices, stop look within. He achieved it and that is what art is.
Something that makes us feel what the artist wanted to convey or even a vehicle to an inward experience within oneself…..
Just by entering the room where the painting was made me be present and that is the secret of having a meaningful life… being present in every thing we do.
“May our philosophies keep pace with our technologies. May our compassion keep pace with our powers. And may love, not fear, be the engine of change.” Excerpt from Origin
Ok so it was just Easter, aswell as I finished reading ORIGIN by Dan Brown and after reading the book I watch Ready player One . So it really got me thinking about religion , faith , science and our future .
Where do we come from? Where are we going? What is all this technology doing to us?
Why in an age where technology has grown exponentially and everyone can literally contact another human being at the other side of the world in seconds.. people still flock churches and celebrate Easter, Passover , Ramadan….
What I loved about Dan Brown´s book was the positive outlook of what the future holds, like us humans being able to use machines to enhance us . That regardless the growing discoveries in science there is still a governing entity or God that created the laws of Physics. Science and religion can be together one does not have to negate the other.
Here is an excerpt of the book , Edmond was the futurist-scientist that made a supercomputer and disicovered how was it that life came to be by replicating an experiment and had a future vision of the world
“Edmond persuasively described a future where technology had become so inexpensive and ubiquitous that it erased the gap between the haves and the have-nots. A future where environmental technologies provided billions of people with drinking water, nutritious food, and access to clean energy. A future where diseases like Edmond’s cancer were eradicated, thanks to genomic medicine. A future where the awesome power of the Internet was finally harnessed for education, even in the most remote corners of the world. A future where assembly-line robotics would free workers from mind-numbing jobs so they could pursue more rewarding fields that would open up in areas not yet imagined. And, above all, a future in which breakthrough technologies began creating such an abundance of humankind’s critical resources that warring over them would no longer be necessary.”
With this in mind , there was another character of a well educated priest Father Beña that regarded science and nature as friends of religion . A church of the future was one deeply connected to nature . That instead of seeing science as a threat but rather an ally, AI without the moral framework would not work, a world without love would be devoid of music , art, creativity it would be only automatons.
That there is only one way Christianity will survied the coming age of science. We must stop rejecting the discoveries of science. We must stop denouncing provable facts. We must become a spiritual partner of science . Using our vast experience, millenia of philosophy, personal inquiry, meditation , soul- searching – to help humanity build a moral framework and ensure that the coming technologies will unify, illuminate , and raise us up rather than destroy us
In this day an age were technology has reached beyond the dreams of what could be done 100 years ago, there is still religious zealots, talibans, people denying advancement. As well as scientist with lack of faith , lack of belief in something higher than ourselves.
Yes the Darwinian theory is true, yes we live in an expanding Universe, yes there is laws of physics but what still at least for me gives me the certainty that there is God is who created the laws of physicis, the order, the patterns in nature. There is an animated spirit that makes me love, makes me dream makes me create…
I just know that when I talk to God he listens and lets stop fighting about what is right or wrong but rather find common threads.
For me religions are like food. A neccesity of hummanity but in different parts of the world food appeared in different forms satisfying the same needs. Such as carbs in Europe- Bread, Asia- Rice Latin America – Corn , and it does not mean that one is better than the other but its just different expressions of the same thing a Carb….
Such is religion , early human beings explained and created them by forming stories and beings relatable to the nature around them… Most of them agree that we have to be good to one another, family values etc etc .