by Barrie Risman
True confession: A few weeks ago, I was in Headstand thinking about the subject of my next blog post. As I slowly came out of the pose I felt a slight sensation on the side of my face close to my ear. It was nothing dramatic, but different. I wasn’t sure what had happened. I rested in child’s pose for a few moments. As the strange sensation subsided (it turned out to be nothing injurious, and I think even a beneficial adjustment for my jaw), again my thoughts turned to my next blog post:
“I hope I didn’t tweak my jaw. Maybe I can write about it in my next blog post. It could go something like this…”
It was an interesting experience to be chronicling my experience as I was living it. And, it was even more surreal to be aware that all this was going on simultaneously. Ah, the mind in the age of social media!
There are so many examples of this I could give. I’m sure you could too. At my daughter’s play last week, I looked around and saw that at least half the audience was watching the performance through their phones or video cameras as they were recording. I could relate.
Are we actually living life? Or are we posting, blogging, and recording the moment as it happens?
It seems like the temptation to capture and report on moments and experiences as they unfold will only get stronger.
More and more, I am convinced we NEED yoga. If for nothing else, then to bring us to living a moment, and really BEING there as it happens.