November 17, 2010

Gossip Girl

One of the oldest and most common means of sharing, infamous for its invalidity, usually of trivial nature .... it's GOSSIP: idle talk or rumor about the private affairs of others.

"Before speaking consider whether it is an improvement upon silence." -Swami Kripalu

I like to keep life drama-free, and am fairly adept at staying unawares of the affairs of others. I admit, though, that when one-on-one with an old friend or on the horn with a distant playmate I can lose all abilities to edit. The words spew out in every direction, often interrupting the poor soul on the other end, with adamant and open opinions on everything. For myself, it's often a repercussion to bouts of isolation and nothing comes out that I wouldn't say to someone's face, but it is unnecessary and by no stretch of the imagination an improvement on the blissful sound of silence.
LOVE the show, though

Gossip "empower(s) one person while disempowering another" -Hafen

Yoga gives us the ability to make space before reacting, to rise above the babbling, to fall in love with sitting in stillness, but most importantly, to operate at a frequency where gossiping doesn't exist, a state where we do not attract drama. I have been there, it is where I belong, and I will return there.
There are times when silence has the loudest voice.
Like being a good listener in order to be a great friend, moments of quiet in a yoga class are doorways to learning, not empty spaces to be feared. "When people come to yoga, they come to empty, if the teacher is filling up too much space with talking, too much music, or too many stimuli, it makes it difficult for people to empty." -Cyndi Lee, founder of OM Yoga Center in NYC. For all the Clevelanders- OM yoga can be found at Evolution yoga in Eaton!