why a blog?

1) Curious, non-judgmental investigation of myself – primarily the thinking part of myself as writing is mostly an intellectual exercise for me.

“Often our endeavors are fed by unconcious attachments – so it is worthwhile now and then to journal or find a fiery discussion to examine our purpose.” (email from one of my teachers, Randal on May 7, 2009)

Also I can’t leave out one of my all-time favorite quotations: “The life unexamined is not worth living.” – Socrates. I think “not worth living” is a bit extreme, but the intensity and urgency is probably what appealed to me when I first heard this quotation in high school.

2) Ego – I want to be heard (or in this case read), and in some way validated. I think almost anybody who claims that their ego and need for validation isn’t part of the reason for blogging, or doing anything, is being fed by an “unconscious attachment.” There’s a huge stigma against the ego in the yoga community, and I’ve also seen a movement to “reclaim” the ego as a necessary aspect of being human. At least for me in this moment, I am chosing not to attempt to obliterate my ego atop a mountain – I am living in this world and therefore I exist in relation to others and what I do, as well as how I feel and act. It’s all important, and I will examine it all.

3) Conscious and Joyful Living – I am incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to take this past year off from college to study myself through yoga and life, and want to share what I have and am learning. I am interested in how to live consciously and joyfully, and that is what I wish to explore in my life and this blog. Ultimately, I hope to spark ideas in you about how you want to live your life.

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