Monday, March 17, 2008

Yoga Exams

So yesterday the people in the YTT were supposed to get their take-home exam. But something happened and we didn't have it to give them.

I am now in possession of the take-home exam. However, I am at CHEO, almost about to start another yoga class, and I do not have everyone's email addresses on me.

So if you are in the YTT and you're checking your email looking for the exam I promised to send you today, you're going to have to wait just a little while longer. As soon as I get home I will find the email list of y'all and I'll pass it on. It will definitely happen today. Just not right now.

Sometimes there's a glitch. Sometimes things don't go according to plan. (Sometimes your cell phone goes off in the middle of a quiet part of a yoga class.) Sometimes you don't have what you need and you can't do what you say you're going to do. What then?

You acknowledge that the glitch happened and you restore the situation. If you don't acknowledge it, it can seem like you're pretending the glitch didn't happen, which doesn't occur as nice for anyone. So you act like you know it happened, you take responsibility for it and you go and correct the situation and put something place so that it doesn't happen again. Until it does. And then you do it over again. Also, as needed, you acknowledge the impact the glitch had on people and even listen to them share how it impacted them.

An interesting thing about integrity I learned recently is that it is always in a state of going out. So it's not like when you get further along in your path that you're going to have permanent integrity, that you're going to do everything perfectly or everything will always go like you wanted it to or that you never have ups and downs in your relationships; it's that you'll be able to restore your integrity quicker than you used to - you'll take responsibility for the situation and restore the integrity as soon as possible.

That leaves everyone feeling "complete" and undisturbed about the situation any longer. It's a way of stilling those "chitta vrittis," those disturbing thought-waves of the mind. If you find you're disturbed but stuff going on, chances are there's a place where integrity needs to be restored. Check it out.

Hey, Oprah and Eckhart Tolle are on again tonight. Also, Elizabeth Lesser is playing a big role in all of this. Cool! That makes me 2 degrees away from Oprah!

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