One might refer to the above photo of a one handed handstand as the hardest yoga pose in the world.
I want to suggest a pose that’s even more difficult and requires even more practice, discipline, and strength. It’s called:
Stop Talking Smack, Yogis!
It requires the very simple act of shutting your mouth before you say something bad about someone else.
I recently found out that another yoga teacher was talking about me (not positively) behind my back to someone prominent in our industry.
I know what you must be thinking and I agree… this teacher will never get any chocolate from me ever again.
I had only good things to say about this teacher. I respected them. I took their class. And this is how they responded?! By saying bad things about me?
So let’s take a moment to give a shout out to all the “SmackTalkers.” That means you. And God knows that means me. We all talk behind other peoples’ backs.
If we don’t have something nice to say about someone else, why do we have to say it?!
Isn’t that truthfully the hardest yoga pose of all? To shut your lips and refrain from saying something bad about someone, especially if they are not in your presence?
Or even harder is to change the subject when SmackTalkers are baiting you to join them in their murky little pond of doubt and insecurity.
Beware, as a wise one said, “if someone will discuss others with you, they certainly will discuss you with others.”
Just something to consider next time you’re getting close to blowing verbal shrapnel.
The SmackTalkers Cure
French sociologist Emile Durkheim said, “Man cannot live without attachment to some object which transcends and survives him.”
If it’s been too long since you, me, or our SmackTalker pals have waded into what Carlos Castaneda calls the infinite space, let’s take a moment today to do we what must and pay homage to karma.
Because our thoughts and words are powerful beyond our wildest comprehension.
British philosopher James Allen noted that “our life is what our thoughts make it. One will find as she alters her thoughts toward things and other people, things and other people will alter toward her.”
Or more simply stated, our thoughts and words are at once, our greatest gifts and our most deadly daggers.
Are you a lover…or a killer?
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Editor: Lynn Hasselberger