Your life is an acquired taste!

May 31, 2011

I came across article on Yoganonymos written by a fellow yoga instructor in Philadelphia. It’s a light read and great reminder.

Your life might be an aquired taste.

wine yoga Acquiring a Taste for Your Life

Do you remember the first time you had a glass of wine, how awful it was? Do you remember the dawning of awareness, as you realized the depth, the complexity, the beauty? Have you ever listened, as a vintner discussed what goes into every bottle, the effects of the soil and the atmosphere and the wood of the casks? Or as a connesiour encourages you to absorb every last bit of flavor? Have you seen their faces light up as they describe what they love about wine?

This is your life. Your life is an acquired taste!

You have created your life. You have done the best you could, given your particular environment, genetics, and karma. You have crafted something, that just might be wonderful. Sit back, light a candle, and taste it. Savor it’s complexity. Consider the possibility that nothing in your life needs to change except the way you taste it. Extract every nuance. Give yourself a chance to sift through what you may have initially written off as unpleasant. Allow the flavors to open and reveal themselves to you. Let the bitterness, the grit, the swarm of seemingly conflicting impressions melt into a harmonious blend of experience. Marvel at the richness and the beauty

In my favorite Bukowski poem, ‘The Laughing Heart’, he agrees,

‘Your life is your life, know it while you have it. You are marvelous, the gods wait to delight in you.’

Join them, all the gods, masters and holy ones. Join the winos, and the beats. Delight in your life.

Author Daniel Shankin (Sitaram Das) teaches classes, workshops and teacher trainings in ayurvedic and yin yogas, and offers transformational Vedic Thai Bodywork. Sometimes he teaches meditaion, and he thinks that’s pretty fun, too. It has been his experience that his students are the cutting edge of consciousness, and is honored to guide and encourage, to travel the path with them. He mostly teaches in Philadelphia, but if you can cook, he’ll probably travel. Daniel can be contacted through his website


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