“Yoga can be the joy of life, and it’s not just about putting our bodies into specific postures. It’s about expressing what comes from inside of you and showing up when you meet other people to create a oneness.”
Although today’s wisdom from beloved yogi Tao Porchon-Lynch is about yoga, you can easily apply it to the everyday – find joy in your life, express your true self and show up for others and let your authenticity shine.
The best experiences I have had are when I have allowed myself to let the odd bits shine out. It is hard to be vulnerable sometimes, and so often we are wrapped up in perceived competitions or over-worried about acceptance that the face we show the world isn’t really our own, but a face we think the word wants to see. Perhaps consider letting that shit go and just showing the world your face every now and then. It might lead to something wonderful.
Desire paths are those trodden, foot created trails you sometimes see across open spaces representing places that lack a proper paved sidewalk or footpath that people (and or goats) use to make their journeys more efficient. Perhaps they signal a certain yearning to rebel against the modern world, forge your own path and thumb your nose at the algorithms of urban planning. On one hand, they are a form of active resistance, dividing planted grassy knolls and designated open spaces, but on the other, they are literally perhaps the “path of least resistance” making traveling across these spaces perhaps easier and less time consuming. Desire paths are the physical manifestation of one of the paradoxes of being human – a longing to be your own, individual person, guided by your own desires, intuition and knowledge that is better than anyone else’s for your experience; however, longing to belong and fit in with others, to experience the stages of life in their proper order and to share your life’s path with others. Perhaps there is no real solution other than finding balance between our yearning for individuality and belonging, and maybe updated urban planning algorithms.