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Today I went back to Bikram yoga for the first time in about two months. I have lots of excuses as to why I stayed away so long, but I won’t bore you with those. What i will say, is that the clarity of thought that comes during those 90 minutes, is stunning. I wish I could bring my laptop in there and write. My brain gets incredibly creative when I’m trying to think of nothing at all.

Lately, I have been kind of stressing out about where I’m at in my career, and during today’s practice I decided that was silly. I reminded myself that any sense of control is an illusion. Why do I keep forgetting that? My current job came to me in a cosmic way. There must be some lesson I’m there to learn before I move on to anything else. I just need to open myself up for the next challenge. Why do we waste so much time trying to figure out what we are meant to do? It’s like shaking a big wrapped present trying to guess what’s inside.

Also lately, I’ve been sick a lot and not feeling very emotionally stable. DUH! I forgot to exercise – at all! The most important task I have before me is self-care. If I take care of myself, by eating right, sleeping 8 hours, and showing up to yoga twice a week, my mind and body will be clear and ready to act on whatever new opportunities arise.

And the last thing I kept thinking about in yoga was the writing prompt Laura sent for today. I was running back the tapes in my brain searching for a story about curiosity. By the time I was driving home I had settled on the story of how I got my foot in the door of an ad agency while I was still a freshman in college.

I was taking a communications class and we had to give presentations. One of my classmates gave a presentation on what it was like to work at an ad agency. I walked up to her afterwards and asked her a ton of questions, including “Can I come by one day for a tour?” She replied that they were actually looking for interns. I interviewed a few days later with the office manager who had a photo behind her on the shelf of her and a friend hiking. I asked her if the picture was taken on the Napli trail on Kauai. She launched into a story about it and we talked about Hawaii. I had a paid internship there by the time I walked out of the room.

I realize now that my natural curiosity in people and their stories has contributed to my success. In order to continue that success, I need to think/talk less about myself and start asking more questions – but try to not do either while in Yoga.

Prompt #21 (Nov 23) Curiosity killed the cat, but also gave Kevin McAllister the skills to defeat the Wet Bandits. Twice. Tell us about a time that you chased curiosity as far down the rabbit hole as it would go and where did it take you?

4 thoughts on “This is My Brain on Yoga

  1. “I just need to open myself up for the next challenge. Why do we waste so much time trying to figure out what we are meant to do? It’s like shaking a big wrapped present trying to guess what’s inside.” — oh. brilliant! Can’t wait.

  2. Pingback: lamiki » Blog Archive » Writing Prompt: Curiosity

  3. “Why do we waste so much time trying to figure out what we are meant to do? It’s like shaking a big wrapped present trying to guess what’s inside.”

    So true!

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