Written by Marni Levitt
In a digital-age, in the modern world, we have (or so it seems) access to so much personalized, individual choice in how we spend our time, who we interact with, and what we purchase. In the business world, people speak about hyper-segmentation of markets, niches, and specializations. It seems that we can get very very specific indeed about who and what we want to interact with, both in the virtual and the real world. At the same time, in this hyper-individualized culture, there seems to be a growing unease, loneliness, disconnection, and despair. It seems as if the time we used to use to connect with nature, our families, our friends, our selves, has all but disappeared. Our communities, families and neighborhoods can be the fabric that holds this thing called “life” together. Without it, or with only bits and pieces of it, daily life can seem to have less meaning, less purpose. It is only in context of living in a way that reflects our interconnections, that we can thrive.
The great leader and mindfulness teacher, Thic Nhat Han, refers to this state of interconnection as “Interbeing”. My yoga practice has, over and over again, helped me to get in touch with the magic web, or fabric of connections that impact my lived, daily experience. Coming home from a yoga class, I have intuitively sensed that the plants in my apartment need watering – I have been able to “see through” the actors on TV in my favourite sitcoms, and notice them “acting” – I have been able to sense who was the right person at work to speak with in order to resolve a difficult situation. The connection of mind, body and emotions (or spirit), through yoga and mindfulness, has facilitated my awareness of our “interbeing” with each other and our ecosystem.
These ancient, tried-tested-and-true practices (and now scientifically-studied to boot) have given me practical tools, over and over again that have dramatically improved the quality (and the intelligence!) of my life. I hope you can enjoy some of those benefits too.
Marni Levitt B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed. OCT, RYT
Wellness Educator, Animator, Speaker
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