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Can Vs Should

September 19th, 2012 | No Comments

In India there is a belief that digestion begins at the fingertips. Since many meals there are eaten with the hands instead of utensils, it follows that you will only pick up as much food off your plate as what you can fit in your mouth. To pick up more food than what you can fit into your mouth is ridiculous.

 

Similarly speaking, Japanese teacups are designed without handles. The reasoning being that if the tea is too hot to hold the cup, you shouldn’t be drinking it!

 

Of course in North America, we have all kinds of devices to make our hot cups easier to hold, and giant forks and spoons to shovel as much as we can. Just because we can, doesn’t mean we should.

 

You CAN beat up a 5 year old.

You CAN call your ex at 1am.

You CAN listen to Sarah Palin.

 

Shall we continue?

 

Sure, you can attempt that 9th power yoga class of the week, but maybe an hour of meditation would server you better (or vice versa).

 

A level of presence and mindfulness in your yoga practice will make you very aware of which motivation you are pursuing in each pose. After all, the yoga isn’t in the pose; it’s what’s going on in your mind while you’re in the pose.

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