I originally posted this blog in 2002 and had all but forgotten about it. Then, the other day, I received an email from the other side of the
world... as in New Zealand... expressing appreciation for the article. That compelled me to reread the original and I found that I not only liked
it enough to dust it off for re=posting, but realized what I wrote is as true today as it was 16 years ago. That is just a little remarkable in this
day and age where last year's health recommendations can easily be this year's health warnings. Then again, yoga has stood the test of time... about
6000 years of it by some counts. So here is a reprint of the original, and to add breadth to it, I would like to refer readers to two great reviews of
the benefits of yoga by Jen Reviews (18 Amazing Benefits of Yoga,
According to Science), and John Linden (The Benefits of Yoga). Enjoy...
GS Renfrey - January 9, 2018
In one form or another, meditation has likely been practised throughout the span of human history. Though it is often shrouded in mystery and mistaken for an exotic religious practice, it is really just a means of inducing a focussed state of mind that is as natural to each of us as our breathing. By training the practitioner to remember and cultivate this "mindful" state, meditation can result in numerous benefits including: mental clarity, reduced stress reactivity, and peace of mind. ...
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It is almost trite these days to say that change is the eternal constant, but it is true. Change is in the essential nature of the universe. There is no such thing as stagnation, and nothing is truly stable except that which flows with the current of change. So it is with our lives and all that we do. We are helpless to stop it, but we do have a capacity to direct our path within it. Science tells us that the universe is running down, that its organization and energy are irrevocably moving from a state of order to a state of disorder. This is the principle of entropy. But life appears to be counter-entropic, as it captures dissipating energy from the sun and converts it into our highly ordered biosphere. In doing so, it seems to go against this fundamental law of the universe. In a parallel way, we have the ability to pilot a course for ourselves as we flow through this river of change. In this way, we can direct our destinies. Alternately, we can passively allow change to occur with minimal input into the process. When we do that, life happens to us.Change: will it happen to you , or will it happen for you; the choice is yours. This is the essence of self-determination: fostering change in a desired direction.