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Follow Your Happy

April 11th, 2011 | No Comments

I was out for lunch today with a buddy of mine who just got back from a 2-year trip around the world. He saved up some money, quit his job, and hit 70 countries in that time. I know – jealous!

The most challenging aspect of planning his trip was explaining to his young nephews, who he is really close to, how he was going to be away for a long time. The older one mostly got it, and could only ask if he would be back for Christmas. However the 5 year old couldn’t quite wrap his head around it. His uncle Chris was going somewhere, and was not going to be back for a long time, and this was a good thing – it just didn’t compute.

After a few days, where they took a break from talking about it with him, the 5 year old came up to his mom and said that he understood now. “Uncle Chris is following his happy”.

Brilliant.

Most things really are this simple. In yoga class, don’t make shit complicated. We put our body into various poses and we hang out there for a bit. Don’t worry about the Sanskrit names for the poses – that’s not important. Practice each pose and see how you feel. If you like them, do them more. Dismiss the temptation to try and go deeper. Just relax – you’ll go deeper.

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