Monday, June 1, 2015

Cringe-worthy, or Cracking Up?

In case the embedded video doesn't work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kDso5ElFRg

Bam. That's it. That's today's blogpost. Mostly.

So, what do you think about it? My reaction, encapsulated by the comment on the Facebook post I first saw it in was, "giggle...snort..." How about yours?

Does it suck that spiritual people are being made fun of...or does it suck that there are so many 'spiritual' people that you recognize in this character? Unless of course there aren't...Can we sometimes relate to this character? Can we ADMIT that we can sometimes relate to this character?

Can it be OK to relate to this character? I mean, it doesn't make you a total asshole to revert to chakra babble you don't really understand when trying to explain why you love doing a really tough yoga pose, right? Buuuuut, does it make you an asshole to make fun of someone else for doing that? Is it better or worse if you have a really thorough grounding in the chakra system, and can therefor talk about it intelligently, and know exactly what's incorrect when someone else doesn't?

What about his videos on gluten intolerance and vegetarianism, and open relationships? Maybe we can laugh at some of them and not others?

I'm not proposing any right answers to any of these questions. To me, intentionally or not, this guy is holding up a mirror to a lifestyle I tend to consider irreproachable. It's a chance for Svadhyaya, my favourite Niyama: self-study. You can learn a whole lot by observing your reaction to this video, and then exploring the thought patterns behind that reaction.

So, what do you think? What can you learn? And can you find a place of compassion from which to respond if you experience a strong anger reaction?

Live Omily,
~em

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