First of all, let me say that last month’s post on simplicity seemed to cause quite a stir. My favorite part is that you held me accountable for what I wrote. After experimenting, the update is that I do not teach simple sequences. It was hilarious. I tried. It was an epic failure. You got to go on the adventure with me and boy was it an adventure for a few days. I’m surprised ya’ll are still coming back.
I got to hang out with three wonderful and dear friends of mine this weekend. We realized while catching up that we have all taken big strides to make space in our lives this summer by quitting jobs and slimming down our schedules so we can have more free time. It’s exciting and can make your immediate inner circle uncomfortable, but for some reason, we are all on the same train and determined to have less to do and see what happens.
So you see, though I think in weird, expansive sequences, there is a part of me that has taken this task of simplifying to heart. I am trimming down my schedule to allow for lots of unscheduled time. Time to hang out with people I love. Time to learn things I’ve been wanting to learn like chess and drums. Time to take care of myself and reconnect with my spirit and basque in the sun on my rooftop. Come join me! My new schedule has only been in effect for two days and I already feel an incredible weight off my shoulders and a sense of anticipation and adventure as to what will happen.
One of my friends recommended Thrive, by Arianna Huffington, in which she describes huge changes she made in her life after waking up in a pool of blood in her office due to passing out from exhaustion and hitting her head on her desk. I am only about a chapter in and can’t wait to continue. She speaks to our definition of success and talks about our cultural tendency to place burnout and tiredness on a pedestal. She makes a case that this terrible cultural habit is making us miss all of the good stuff a full life has to offer and poisoning our health and our lives.
I had to redefine success a long time ago when I became an actor and again when I became a yoga teacher and knew that I would never make millions. My parents, at the time, were not very happy with me, considering this a very poor decision on my part, but since then, they have come around, because not only do they see that I have enough, but that I am the happiest I’ve ever been and then some. Honestly, I have never looked back or regretted either of those choices. They are at the very core of who I am.
If we don’t make time to cultivate wonder and dream and reach into the stars, into the potential energy that lies above us, it is difficult to make great things, magical things happen. Watch Man on Wire! Wondrous things do happen in the world. Wouldn’t it be great to be a part of them? So yogis, what’s it gonna be? Are you gonna let another summer pass you by? Or are you gonna come hang out on the roof and dream and wax philosophical with me? Don’t abdicate one of your most precious resources- choice.