On Pulp Fiction, and Yoga. ~ via Scott Anderson.

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on Jun 23, 2009
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If the Briefcase Fits…on Pulp Fiction, and…Yoga?

You can learn a thing or two about yoga from the movies. Most recently for me it was Pulp Fiction.

Aside from the fact that the f-bomb is dropped a total of 281 times in the film, (I was bored) the question becomes, where do you find inspiration? My personal belief is that you always find it wherever you look for it. The other night I looked for it in my DVD player and a bag of popcorn.

For the uninitiated, the events of the story unfold for the viewer in a non-linear timeline. The story is fragmented and at first, its nearly impossible to determine what one scene has to do with the next. But in the end, Quentin Tarantino brings the story full circle making sense of all the events leading up to the last scene.

…well, except for the mysterious briefcase, but we’ll get to that later.

Do you ever feel the events in your life are not happening in the right order? Consider the possibility that every element needed to complete the picture of your life is taking place, and that life asks us to put the puzzle pieces together ourselves. Remember, part of the joy of life is in the assembly, and we have all been created to create.

I’ve talked to many people about yoga and what it means to them. Everyone sees it differently, describes it uniquely and brings the practice into their life in a very personal way. In Pulp Fiction terms, this individual perspective is ‘The Briefcase.’

In several scenes, Tarantino brings our attention to a briefcase. It’s the center of the movie, as everyone wanted to get their hands on it. However, you never find out what coveted object lies within. Was it diamonds or gold? A human soul? The theories are endless, but Quentin Tarantino intended that the contents of the briefcase be filled in by each individual viewer.

It’s the same with yoga. Yoga is what you think it is. Is it a moving meditation? A conduit to spirituality? A system to cultivate better health. A practice to calm the mind and reduce stress? Every time you come to the mat, you answer those questions. Not only that, but your answer today might be different than yesterday’s.

As you go through your practice this week, consider the following:
1. Sometimes its good to feel off balance and look at things out of order.
2. Your perspective is unique, and each of us sees something different.
3. A Quarter Pounder with cheese in Paris is called a Royale with cheese.

Okay, at least two of those points are completely valid.

We are all looking for answers. Sometimes we find them in unique and unexpected places like a song or a film. Wherever the answers or the inspirations lies, trust that the events in your life will all come together, no matter what order they come in.

Next time we’ll talk about some sweet and tender moments from Fight Club.

moga yoga

Scott Anderson.

“Whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically me. If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that which I discarded. I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me. I own me, and therefore, I can engineer me.” ~ Virginia Satir


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2 Responses to “On Pulp Fiction, and Yoga. ~ via Scott Anderson.”

  1. Chris says:

    I really enjoy this fresh and creative article. Thanks.

  2. Area Yoga teacher says:

    I think Scott Anderson needs to clean up his own Language and take a few years off learning the real meaning of Yoga.. I took a class (not intentionally) at Spark the fire which by the way was more like a tiny puff and had to endure Andersons class. He started off with a half hearted excuse/apology for the smutty words we might hear during his "class". Then begins to "help us find a better down dog by "teaching" us to, and I quote.. "think of grabbing a big set of boobs while in down dog" then throwout the class he assaulted my senses, my friends sensibilities and all while desecrating a sacred place of worship we all were practicing in …A CHURCH!!!! with several F bombs and crude remarks. I still cannot think of a single thing I learned from the class other than I will NEVER take his class! And who asked him to teach at the "yoga event" anyway??? Without a doubt the worst teacher I've ever experienced! Not to mention his bravado was repugnant. Hey scott, if you cant even teach your own girlfriend (the one with the big boobs you spoke about in class) how to do a proper Chaturanga and down dog..Ya might think about doing the yoga community a favor…Let real yogi's do the teaching..