Here comes the cats tongue again! I'm here to share my personal opinion about all the mixing of events and how some are incredible and some #IMHO are NOT! Obviously we are all taking witness to the
booming industry of Yoga, Meditation, Music, Mindfulness, etc. So naturally there are a lot of people on the bandwagon that are getting into it for the profit. We see this happen all the time. Joyful thing (insert favorite event) brings a large crowd. Next decade "X" joyful thing is accompanied by the big brands. Whether for food, drink, gear or whatever... They glob on like flies on shit!
Interestingly enough, as I took a hiatus on writing for awhile, the topics I began last summer have grown even more so... naturally. Over the last several months, the conversations have become louder and packing more heat. I'll get into that more in a bit. The reason I began this conversation (here & in the flesh with words) is because I have seen things being mixed together that I believe contradict one another. So there comes the title... Mindfulness is not a mixer. What this means to me is, as a teacher of mindfulness, it is my duty aka job aka responsibility to teach THAT! Mindfulness to me, means going inward, learning the truth of who you are and learning to Love that said Self. It does NOT mean doing some Yoga and maybe a little meditation and then getting intoxicated. Or for some recent events... incorporating the two things at the same time. "Here! Have a beer on the top of your mat!" or "Hey... lets roll a joint before we sit in Sukhasana." I do believe that there are people in the world who can drink or smoke without the desire to check out. Like when I sip on my Kombucha, or tea or a cup of coffee. Although, sometimes I can use these to mentally escape the current feelings rumbling through my body. Bottom line, for me, is that I believe these creations are intended to sell. Selling a seat to get people to fill a room to tell the person selling the seats that they have been successful at what they just did. I say HOGWASH!
I honor roots, origin and tradition very much so. Not everyone is as passionate about where practices originated from. And that is ok! But stop calling it what is IS NOT!
I love analogies so here are a few to communicate my point a little better if you need.
I know... some of these sound extreme and a bit ridiculous but that is what these "Yoga" events sound like to me. Samadhi is the ultimate achievement and there is no path to such a state where they hand out doobies & hard cider along the way. So enjoy your brew & your greens if you so choose. Just know that these are not mixers with mindfulness.