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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

I resolve...

  • To rest one day per week
  • To make decisions by the litmus test: Does this simplify or complicate my life?
  • To live in a closer circle of yin and yang, not out by the extremes (see point one)
How about you?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. to get divorced, with as little additional pain (and anger) as possible,
2. to get health insurance, somehow,
3. to remember to breathe

I want to write something about yoga, or health, or exercise, but breathing is about what I can resolve at this point. I really like your second one, but I've figured out that I'm not always very good at figuring out which things will simplify or complicate my life (and, really, what counts as either of those things?). I've also realized that my life has been a balance between the closer circle and the extremes--and I don't have a whole lot of control over where I am at a given moment. I find that if I can maintain some internal balance, then the rest of it doesn't matter as much. big "if," though.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

1. to strengthen my relationships with other people
2. to train the elephant brain instead of badgering the rider
3. to have fun
4. to continue not smoking

That last one is to ensure that at least one of my resolutions will be 100% successful.

12:59 AM  
Blogger kStyle said...

Narya and Ann, your resolutions are great!

Ann--I love the idea of making one you can definitely keep. In that spirit, I resolve to visit the Azores in March.

Narya--Remembering to breathe is the most important yogic practice of all! Also,
a) re simplifying life--I tend to be a tad smidgen bit of an overachiever, so it's pretty easy for me (or, really, for G) to realize when I'm complicating life unnecessarily. Por examplo, his family came over Friday. His plan was that we would order pizza. Naturally, by Wednesday I was hatching grand schemes of preparing homemade dough and sauce from scratch. G pointed out this did not align with my Simplicity goal. I was making life more complicated, and moreover, I didn't even have time to cook all that stuff. (I did get a cooking fix later in the weekend, when I had time to do so at leisure.)

b) re a balance between yin and yang, the taiji not only cycles between yin and yang, but also spirals in and out naturally, so that there's a natural flow between living near the yin/yang extremes and living closer to the middle. A goal of Taoist practice is to stay more centered within that expanding/contracting spiral as well as the yin/yang cycle, so that the in-out waves as well as the yin-yang waves stay within a more gentle fluctuation, if that makes any sense. But, in the end, it's natural to fluctuate.

9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It makes perfect sense--it's what I was trying to say! i was already attempting a Taoist practice; who knew?! (what's taiji?)

If you do want to make homemade dough, I have a good formula--the one I use for Saturday Pizza at the bakery. You make it a day ahead (so you get some fermenty flavor), and I like to use half wheat and half bread flour; I also throw some dried herbs in the dough.

10:47 PM  
Blogger kStyle said...

Send the recipe ON!

The taiji (lit. "Supreme-ultimate") is known as the yin-yang symbol in the common parlance.

9:16 AM  

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