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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

AUTHOR INTERVIEW || 365 Daily Meditations for On and Off the Mat: A Year in Hot Yoga

Next month, Ixia Press is releasing my new book, 365 Daily Meditations for On and Off the Mat: A Year in Hot Yoga

Here is an interview I did on their website to talk about my yoga journey, the publishing process and of course, sweat angel competitions.


DP: I see a commonality in your TEDx talk and your book: you provide an insight or meditation and then ask the audience a related question. Reminds me of a teacher. Do you see yourself as an educator?


SG: I have never seen myself as a teacher or educator, although my work often teaches and educates people. Mentor for sure. But not teacher. Mentors model, mirror and motion. That’s my jam. My purpose is to be an example. It’s much more organic and less labor intensive than world domination. Plus I have terrible handwriting, so teaching is definitely out.


DP: How long have you been practicing yoga? Why/how did you start?


SG: For about 10 years now. Started as part of a comprehensive stress management program after suffering multiple anxiety related illnesses when I was 25–27, including a collapsed lung.


DP: Why hot yoga?


SG: I sweat more than any person alive, and finally, I now have a place where I don’t have to be ashamed of it. Actually quite proud. My friends and I have “sweat angel” competitions at the end of class to see whose puddle is bigger. The heat also is highly healing and humbling.


DP: Why yoga? Why not spinning or running?


SG: Spinning is awesome. Running is great too, but I hurt my knees over the years and can’t handle the impact anymore. Yoga, for me, is more communal, more spiritual, and requires me to do less laundry.


DP: What advice would you give people who think they are too fat/old/whatever to start a yoga practice?


SG: I am no longer in the advice business. If people don’t want to do yoga, then they shouldn’t do yoga. Period. There is nothing I can do to change their minds. Go find something you love and enjoy it. The other thing is, welcome to “The Club of Too.” Ten years ago, I was too anxious, too stubborn, to busy, too fidgety, too stressed, too whatever to do yoga. And yet, I found my way into this practice that transformed my life in about 16 different ways.


DP: Your book is very generous and caring. What do you hope that readers will discover about themselves? Others? The world in general?


SG: That we are not alone, that we are all struggling, that life is exhausting and confusing, and it feels really good to sweat out all bullshit that’s coursing through our veins on a regular basis. Maybe it’s through yoga, maybe something else, but it’s all about practice.


DP: It looks like you’ve been publishing your own books. What’s it like to work with a publisher for this project?


SG: Dover/Ixia has been amazing. They have supported and preserved my voice, which is deeply important to me. They will help elevate this book to reach millions of people around the world, and for that I am profoundly grateful. They also took my picture off the cover, which is a relief. If you saw my face, would you want to do yoga?


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Monday, October 16, 2017

It’s not a sign of weakness to feel the gravity of your own struggle

Lewis was more than a professional critic, but also a prolific corresponder. 

More than twenty years after his death, his foundation published an anthology of letters written to family, friends, and fans, spanning from his youth as a student to just a few weeks before his death. 

In one particular letter from the mid fifties, he wrote the following. 

The pleasure of pride is like the pleasure of scratching. If there is an itch, one does want to scratch, but it is much nicer to have neither the itch nor the scratch. As long as we have the itch of self regard we shall want the pleasure of self approval, but the happiest moments are those when we forget our precious selves and have neither but have everything else instead. 

It’s a brilliant primer on the power of pride. Not to mention, a reminder of a lesson that I’ve been trying to learn. 

Pride is the unwillingness to admit that it’s okay not to be okay. 

This kind of mindset contracts our hearts, lowers our receptivity and clouds our vision. No matter how cleverly we rationalize it as integrity. 

I’m reminded of a song lyric from another famous critic. Dylan sang:

When the walls of pride are high and wide, we can’t see over to the other side

Proving, that pride can betray our hearts by masking our real fears, but it can also contract our minds by keeping us isolated with our pain. 

And so, if we’re feeling stuck, the best thing we can do courageously and vulnerably share it with another person. Because how nice is it know that what we’re struggling isn’t an isolated incident? How relieving is it to know that everyone is struggling, some people are just better at hiding it than others?

In times of pain, we have to remember that all healing occurs in relationships. That only through the interpersonal account with another person can we push past our pride and enter into the transcendental healing atmosphere. 

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Feeling a puff of hope

Seuss famously wrote a graduation speech in the form of a book to address the ups and downs of life. 

You’ll come down from the lurch with an unpleasant bump. The chances are, then, that you’ll be in a slump. And when you’re in a slump, you’re not in for much fun. Unslumping yourself is not easily done. 

That’s for damn sure. Because when you’re slumping, it’s difficult to see past the downpour of negative thoughts. Your mind has convinced you that you’ve lost all faith in humanity, that life is a massive black hole of joylessness and despair, and that the impenetrable layer of black, icy futility known as your career is just a foregone conclusion. 

Good luck unslumping yourself with voices like that. 

When you feel that bitter, putting your life in perspective is no easy task. 

The good news is, although you can’t control the dark thoughts that pop into your head, you can choose which ones you give attention to and make grow and allow to have power over you. 

One tool I find helpful in unslumping myself is not only considering, but also calculating the big picture. The long arc game. The fact that whatever I’m going through right now, it’s ultimately a minor blip on the radar screen of life. 

Let’s say my slump lasts for six months. And I live to be eighty years old. Run the numbers, and that isolated period of time counts for exactly six tenths of one percent of my entire life. 

That’s like cutting a penny in half. 

What a relief. Visualizations like that help me feel a puff of hope. 

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Having integrity has gotten me nowhere

I was listening to an interview with the highest paid supermodel of all time. 

Crawford’s thirty years of success at modeling made her an international icon, and so, it was no surprise that she was savvy enough to impart the following piece of advice. 

This business will use you, so you better use it back. 

That’s the story we’re afraid to tell ourselves when we enter into the professional arena. 

That knowing we’re being taken advantage of is the first step in not being taken advantage of. That we don’t owe our allegiance to anybody. And that loyalty is a commodity, not a commandment. 

Look, we have entered the business system of durable goods and supply and demand. Employers and clients and organizations and won’t hesitate to fire us at the drop of a hat for any reason that fit their business needs. 

They’re not into developing careers, they’re into using us like assassins. Like guided missiles. They wind us up, and off we go to help them make millions. 

And so, our responsibility is to choose opportunity, not loyalty. To be absolute opportunists, doing whatever is best for the future in the current situation, unbound by the past. To view the world as a malleable environment, and ourselves equally as such. 

Without this kind of mindset, we end up piling our careers sky high with unrealistic expectations. 

I’ll never forget the first time a client stiffed me. They owed me thousands of dollars and simply did not pay their bills, no matter how many phone calls were made, emails were written and invoices were sent. I was infuriated. Never before had I felt so na├»ve and helpless and taken advantage of. 

But after six months, there was nothing else to be done. I had to take the loss. Even my mentor advised, sorry to tell you kid, but it’s cost of doing business. 

That was the first time the crushing reality of real life fully dawned on my naive consciousness. I realized, wow, people aren’t here to facilitate me. Nobody is looking out for my career. 

I know you believe that your cement stance is a mark of integrity. I know you’re supremely confident with your own heroic moral code. But you can’t remove the teeth from the cruel bite of reality. 

And so, put aside your innocence for a moment. 

It’s not hypocrisy, it’s how you can live with yourself. 

It’s not failure, it’s being honest about what you want. 

It’s not selling out, it’s doing what you have to do to be okay with yourself. 

It’s not about right or wrong, it’s about moving your life in a direction that makes sense. 

And it doesn’t matter if you choose the future that’s cheaper, it just matters if it’s the one you want. 

Of course it doesn’t feel right, but after a certain point, what feels right might not work anymore. 

It’s time to try some wrong. Fuck your integrity. Go do what you have to do. 

Even if small bits of prostitution may be necessary.

It’s a tough way to live, but a damn good way not to die. 

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Freedom is never having to bury your desires

For thousands of years, we’ve been brainwashed into believing that we should be afraid of our desires. 

Thanks to the powers that be, humans have lived in fear that desire would lead them into dark, objectionable, indulgent and shameful places. 

Consider the origin of the word. 

Desire literally translates to mean lustful. It’s one of the seven deadly sins. It’s a capital vice. Dante even depicted it as the first circle of hell, reserved for carnal sinners who subordinate reason to desire, whose unforgiven souls were blown about in a restless hurricane symbolic of their own lack of control to their lustful passions in earthly life. He said they felt for the tormented whirlwinds, damned for their carnal sins, committed when they let their passions rule their reason

No wonder we live in a world that’s been cut off from its own desires. No wonder we keep our lusts in check. No wonder we teach the heart to resist its deepest inclinations. 

Because nobody wants to get caught being naughty. There’s no seat in heaven for those heathens. Better to play it safe and be superstitious, puritanical and repressed, lest we be judged by our fellow man or, worse yet, scorned by the invisible all powerful sky daddy himself. 

But here’s a quick biology check. The human machine is built with powerful dreams and appetites and cravings. And there’s no reason not to honor those parts of our endowment. 

Otherwise, what the hell are we doing here? 

Postponing joy to the afterlife is an insult to the gift of being alive. True freedom is never having to bury our desires. Unless those desires result in hurting people.

Look, our life is a wonderful gauge telling us what we truly want. And it’s time for us to finally decide, as a society, to turn on what turns us on. 

We can’t allow our desires to stay sobbing, awaiting our hand to take action upon them. Instead, we must give those parts of ourselves permission to express in the world. 

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Plug into the field of all possibilities

The viewpoint that it’s all bullshit, that we’re all powerless to do anything and that everything in this world subject to some absurd and inevitable predetermination, that’s not wisdom, that’s defeatism. 

It’s a lazy response to life. A luxury. The weak way out of things. Needless negative thinking that only empowers the problem. 

Yes, it’s more interesting and clever to proclaim that it’s all bullshit. 

Yes, it’s liberating to view life as one long pathetic, purposeless death march on a tiny, hopeless speck of dust lost in an impossibly vast and unfathomably black void. 

In fact, from a purely rhetorical standpoint, it’s also impossible for other people to barter with or talk us out of that version of history. 

But actually believing that it’s all bullshit, that’s nothing more than a cloak of cynicism that cleverly advertises our indifference. 

And not that there’s anything wrong with noticing and accepting and laughing and even surrendering to the profuse amounts of bullshit of the world. 

But the danger is when we start leaning on that story as an excuse to sit home with our arms crossed and not take action on our dreams. 

Obama's final state of the union address said it eloquently:

It’s a whole lot easier to be cynical, to accept that change is not possible and to believe that our voices and actions don’t matter. But if we give up now, we forsake a better future. We can’t afford to go down that path. 


If we want to plug into the field of all possibilities, we have to release our perceptions from the tight clamp of negativity. That’s the only way to expose ourselves to the opportunities that we would have previously overlooked. 

Remember, if it’s all bullshit, then by definition, that would include the idea that it’s all bullshit. 

Stop giving yourself another excuse not to make things happen. 

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A raging individuality that wants to express itself

Moore’s manifesto about the future of healthcare not only teaches providers to preserve their souls, but also reminds patients to preserve individuality. 

If you express your soul, he warns, you will be eccentric. There is no other way. You will rub people the wrong way. They will criticize you. They will be uncomfortable with your individuality. 

After all, heterogeneity is threatening. Especially in an institution, which usually prefers that everyone fade into the background of acquiescence. 

This manifesto is a perfect reality check for anybody inside of an organization, especially those with a raging individuality that wants to express itself. 

And so, if you’re the kind of person intent on standing apart of how society wants to shape you for its own purposes, expect resistance. Because poking the status quo, refusing to adapt, sticking out and upsetting whatever equilibrium has been achieved, well, there’s just something inherently aggressive about expressing that kind individuality.

But only if you’re on the inside. 

Customers, on the other hand, are free to be as quirky and eccentric and individuated as their hearts desire. It’s good for business. 

Deresiewicz, the former ivy league professor and literary critic, calls this the phenomenon the democratization of creativity. He writes that the makers have the means to sell, but everybody has the means to make. And everybody’s using them. 

Everybody seems to fancy himself a writer, a musician, a visual artist. 

Apple figured this out a long time ago, he says. 

The best way to sell people its expensive tools is to convince us that we all have something unique and urgent to express

It’s a balance. We live in the land of rugged individuals with a vision who need to do it their way, but when that individual has a lot of money to spend, individualism becomes a very profitable worldview. 

We must be careful not become victims of our own uniqueness.  

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Head Up, Heart Higher -- Chapter 10 (2017) Scott Ginsberg Animated Folk Rock Opera

People they mosey in their pretty little promise wheels
Send us out into the world just to get our hearts broken again

Take your thunder struck marginal notions

Take your thunder struck marginal notions

Smoke

Like a fish bone
Smoke

I'll be one of the last ones who missed out on the boat to bliss

Begging the rose to unfold faster, you ain't my last sir

Take your thunder struck marginal notions

Take your thunder struck marginal notions

My house feels bigger each time I return
No rest for the righteous we learn
My house feels bigger each time I return
No bread for the spineless to burn



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Monday, October 09, 2017

I want to hammer a hole in the floor and fall right through it

Nothing ever turns out the way you expect it to. 

And nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. 

Think back to your first date. 

Friday night you showed up at the front door, flowers and candy in hand, dripping with sweat and far too much cologne, running through every possible scenario in your head about what she might look and smell and feel like. 

It was the longest ten seconds of your life. 

But then, the moment of truth arrived. The deadbolt unlocked, your stomach sunk to your shoes, the door opened, and behold, the family dog jumped on your leg and peed all over the floor. 

That’s life in a nutshell. The story we rehearse inside of our heads never quite plays out in real life. 

Everyone is disappointing, the more we get to know them. 

But that’s no cause for cynicism. There’s no use in crying like a baby who can’t stand to live in a world where he hears things that upset him. 

If a person is that out of touch with reality, only disappointment and bitterness could follow. 

I’m reminded of my favorite surrealist manifesto from more than sixty years ago. 

Breton wrote: 

Every day brings us new indications of disappointment which we must have the courage to admit, if for no other reason than as a measure of mental hygiene, and inscribe in the horribly debit side of the ledger of life. 

And so, don’t allow each disappointment to breed a cynicism that makes the next effort at change more difficult. Use it as a tool for finding out what you really want. 

Stand still, eat the pain, forgive the world for being what is, try not to get too disgusted with yourself, stick the setback under the pillow, wake up the next morning and go find the next opportunity. 

Because it’s a long winding road, and nobody is going to keep up hope for you. 

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