Sunday, June 21, 2015

Michael Says...Life and the Laws of Physics

I don't know which one it is, but one of the basic laws of physics goes something like "An object in motion tends to stay in motion. An object at rest tends to stay at rest".

What if you are the object? Or, to be honest, what if *I* am the object?

My wife wanted to go to the beach, as it was the first day of summer. Before the statement had faded into the air, as if never spoken, my answer was a flat "No.".

I started to explain all the reasons why I didn't want to go; The traffic, the crowds, the drive, the *return* traffic, the errands that we needed to do, the pain in my right hip (don't go there), I was going down the list of every reason why not to go.

What it came down to, was that simple law of physics. The object at rest wanted to remain at rest.

It also happens that today was the first International Yoga Day.

After about 6.43 seconds (give or take .02 seconds), I realized that I was being an ass. My wife wanted to do something that would make her feel good, and I wanted to do nothing.

Fast forward 1 hour and 36 minutes.

As I am sitting on the beach, in Deal, NJ, watching my wife play in the water, and looking for shells.
She was happy. I was happy watching her be happy.

Yoga is about many things, not the least of which is focusing on the present. As I sat there, I was so content to just enjoy that moment. Sitting on that beach, watching my wife, the ocean, the sky...just letting my body and mind be at *active* rest, was a good thing.

So what is all this about?

Staying at rest is bad when it's out of laziness. Don't say no just because it's easy. Don't stay at rest for resting sake.

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