“We are what we read” (Joseph Epstein)
Scrolling through some of the latest online newsfeeds today I could choose to read about 5 Mistakes Companies Make About Growth Mindsets, 5 Jobs in Short Supply, 10 Benefits of Speaking Truthfully, 5 Simple Steps to Stop Kids Bickering or the 8 Most Haunted Places in my local area.
It gets me wondering – why do we need 5, 8 or 10 reasons to read these articles? Can we be drawn to a piece of writing that we would like to read simply because it sounds like an interesting topic? Or is this an impossibly idealistic notion in a world where on average we encounter over 100, 000 words each day via email, text, ads, social media and the rest of our daily experience?
Don't get me wrong, I myself have become victim to this style of writing in recent times (and it is even encouraged to writers in the submission guidelines of some online media outlets), so without sounding hypocritical I would like to genuinely explore this rising trend and in particular question its overall benefit to what author Maryanne Wolf describes as our 'reading brain'.
When people tell you who they are; believe them. When people tell you who you are, don't believe them...don't let people who misunderstand you define you...you are the only custodian of your own integrity
Maria Popova, 7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing & Living
YouTube Credit: Dissolve
I've been following the extremely talented Maria Popova now for a few years, and when I came across this gorgeous clip summarising her first seven years at Brain Pickings it resonated so much with me that I just had to share it (it is a few years old now but still well worth a look).
...yoga has several facets, and though the aim and culmination of yoga is the sight of the soul, it has lots of beneficial side effects... among which are health, happiness, peace and poise
We are all drawn to practice yoga for a wide variety of reasons, whether it be for exercise, or connecting with yourself on a deeper level, increasing flexibility, addressing an injury or assisting with anxiety or simply to maintain peace of mind. One interesting yoga article cites 38 specific health benefits of yoga, and I believe this number is really just scratching the surface of possible benefits physically and physiologically that can be attained through a regular yoga practice. Although it is by no means the ultimate goal of yoga, a healthy body and mind is vital preparation for reaching these higher states of awareness.
The latest edition of Australian Yoga Life features an article I wrote recently about the 'nadis', which are fascinating energy channels within our body similar in concept to the Chinese acupuncture meridians.
'Respond to every call that excites your spirit' ~Rumi~
I've been teaching yoga now for a couple of years and earlier this year I felt really compelled to reach out and offer something a little more than a 60-90 minute class. I felt that everything I was doing in my days; whether it be writing, yoga, reading, parenting, bush walking, journaling; all of it was intricately linked to my yoga practice in some shape or form.
A short 5 minute extract from 'Yoga - The Essence of Life' on an interpretation of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and the 8 Limbs of Yoga - Enjoy! Tehla xx
When Xavier Rudd took the stage at Marrickville's Factory Theatre last night to a sell out crowd, his insane beats and vocals sent vibrations through to the very core of every being in attendance.
His incredible musical talent, notably his arcane ability to simultaneously play guitar, harmonica, drums AND didgeridoo (with pauses to sing!), is matched only by his equally talented adeptness at delivering powerful political messages about indigenous Australia in his unrelenting rich undertones of LOVE and CONNECTEDNESS.
There was a time in my life when I used to think that if I could ever possibly release my hips enough to achieve Lotus Pose I would know all I need to know about yoga.
Boy how wrong I was!
Hi there and thanks for dropping by! I'm Tehla Jane and I'm a self-confessed word nerd, bookworm and yoga devotee from Wollongong, Australia. I love to wonder and wander, and especially love spending time with my two little girls and hubby Glen. My blog is inspired by my daily musings in my trusty journal, where I scribble out endless pages in almost illegible handwriting and occasionally convert this into a typed format! Welcome!