Blog #3 – Crimes Against Wisdom: A Yogi Gone Bad, Consciously!
This is the 3rd blog in an ongoing series of a yogin’s intentional “crimes against wisdom.” This series will highlight my experience of purposefully ignoring 10 years of training in yoga, meditation and ayurveda in favor of performing typical current cultural behaviors of modernity. It will catalog all the negative symptoms endured, explanations of the principles broken, insights gained along the way and the entire “recovery process” as I return to a life based on staples of natural wisdom. You can find the 1st introductory blog here, and you can sign on for the RSS feed, here by choosing the appropriate link in the top right corner of the page. Please also feel free to “like” our FB page: here follow us on Twitter, here and share the fruits of this experiment with your friends.
Good-day. This will be a brief update on the experiment as I am hurting from life in the labaratory of an international flight from Boston to Bangkok. Having arrived, I am happy to be here and extremely grateful for our visit to family and friends in the States.
The plane thing is a bit overdone from the last blog, but I’ll write a bit more in this vein because my good friend Sam of the renowned Comanchero band enticed me to break some natural laws before my 20-plus hour flight to Bangkok commenced. Already exhausted from 5 weeks of traveling, visiting, and committing crimes, I was scheduled to fly out of Beantown (without being able to see game 7 of the Bruins series, which I now know they won!!!) at 8 a.m.
It would have been a good idea to get a decent night’s sleep. But, my buddy’s band was playing a gig and I hadn’t had the opportunity to see them in a few years. Instances like these are where the line between “crimes against wisdom” and “doing what’s right” are blurred. Actually, for me and the way I want to live my life, doing things like going to see Sam’s band play under these circumstances leans far more to the side of doing what’s right than that of committing crimes. I love Sam, I love that he is following his heart in life and its worth a little fatigue to support our friends when the time is right.
So, this blog is more about discussing this irony. I wanted to get this point into this discussion early on: “crimes against wisdom” are not based on rigid rules where one size fits all. Natural wisdom is based on the principle: for whom and when. It is also supported by the power of making decisions. So, I simply decided to go to the show, enjoy it and deal with feeling a bit tired on the plane. No big deal.
But then my old pal Sam decided to stick it to me a bit. There is nothing like being around friends who really know you. Sam has seen me through some incredibly fun moments, some genuinely intimate times and some devastatingly dark years. He’s known me for a lot longer than anyone else has known me as “Yogi.” That said, he’s been one of the most supportive of my friends in my turning over a new leaf to a life of health and happiness. Most of my other friends, strangely, think I am more nuts now than I was when I blacked out on a regular basis! Huh?
Anyway, for old times sake Sam decided to haze me a little bit. I was about to make a “good decision” and leave after the show ended to get at least 4 hours of sleep before the flight. Until Sam said, “Dude, you’re a yogi gone bad, you can’t say no if I buy you a drink.”
It was not a nice drink, folks. It was strong. I don’t drink much anymore. It was strong. So, about 30 hours later, 24 of which were on a plane, and only 2.5 of which were spent sleeping the night before the plane ride, I am feeling the hurt of this not so illegal series of crimes spent with my good friend Sam. His prodding, incidentally, also had me stick around for a few extra hours of hanging out with my sister, which, now that I live so far away, was worth its weight in hangovers.
So that people don’t get too tight in their shorts about this experiment and my use of the word “bad”, I highlight this example to show that nothing is inherently wrong or bad. Rather, we have a great opportunity and an awesome responsibility to employ all the faculties of our wisdom of body, mind and spirit to make choices about how we live our life. We can remain aware of our tendency as human beings to justify lots of shit that is really bad for us, but every now and then it serves us well to throw caution and rules out the window.
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