Friday, June 8, 2012

Mini-Moments of Teaching: Everything we do is a quest for happiness.

"Happiness is not an ideal of reason,
but of imagination." 
-Immanuel Kant

In the midst of my advanced 500-hour yoga teacher training program, and at first I was reluctant. It's a journey that involves a lot of opening — heart, mind, body, spirit, energy — and while I love learning, it seemed a daunting undertaking given that I'm also in the midst of building my business, getting over a gnarly cold, and moving in with my beau.

On the positive side, there is so much knowledge I'm absorbing on a daily basis that it's plenty of fodder for reflection and writing and sharing. Today, we had an amazing learning about the art of storytelling, especially when it comes to Hindu Mysticism, and all the parables that we can learn and teach through a good oral narrative. 

One of the assertions our teacher Trisha Kelly made was that everything we do, we do it because we want to be happy. We understand at some level that we are pure joy and so we try to get back in touch with that essence of ourselves through outside actions — food, play, nature, sex, love, sleep, etc. 

She pointed out that there are two ways to satisfy desire: 
  1. Go out and get it.
  2. Use your imagination. 
The latter enables you to visualize what you think you want over and over, throughout which you can ask the Universe whether it's something that you genuinely need, which will help serve you and the greater good. If so, then so be it and let it come to fruition. Or, you can ask whether it's something that you need to transmute and move beyond. And if so, so be it. 

It's a simple tip to use for meditation, especially when our monkey minds harbor old stories, stands ground upon repetitive thoughts, or simply refuses to let go of the fight. 

How do you use storytelling in your life? Have you tried it as a method to teach your kids, by planting seeds from which they can grow their own garden of learnings and life experiences? Have you used it as a yoga instructor or any other sorts of professions? How does imagination and embellishment play a part? 

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