The world needs rebels, crazies, misfits and weirdos to challenge the paradigm. Yesterday the world lost one of the great rebels of our time, David Bowie. He refused to let the world outside define or limit him and he challenged and changed the way we look at fashion, art, music, gender, sexuality and expression. He raged against conformity and limitation. Rest in peace Thin White Duke…you are now Ziggy Stardust watching from above.
All the great teachers and innovators in the world have been rebels. They rebelled against the norm in order to expand it’s dimensions. Jesus proposed the radical idea that we should love one another and treat others as we would like to be treated. A notion that is still difficult for a large part of the world population to grasp. Buddha had the crazy idea that if we accepted that life is suffering, we could transcend it through meditation and mindfulness practice. Gandhi was a small man but a mighty force who stood up to a nation and created a movement of non-violent resistance. Martin Luther King Jr. boldly stood up against racism, hate and segregation. He paid the ultimate price but the wave he started with the civil rights movement could not be stopped. These are some of the larger than life rebels, but there are so many artists, poets, teachers and innovators who rebel against the system every day. They are the ones who push the edges and expand possibilities.
Yoga is an act of rebellion. The practice is to question everything we know and have learned from the outside world. We practice pushing our edges to get into new territory and understanding. In yoga we are encouraged to develop mindfulness so that we can be free and independent thinkers. The ultimate level of practice is when all structure falls away and we are simply living and present in each moment. At that point, there is nothing left to rebel against and we are fully alive and awake.
Find your band of merry rebels who will encourage you to keep growing and expanding your mind and heart. Find strength and courage in all those brave souls who are taking chances, creating new ways of doing things and living outside the boxes and labels. Discover your passion and purpose in this life, develop skill and mastery of yourself and your talents and then VIGOROUSLY SHAKE THE CAGE!!!
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