I’ve been spending the last two months acting like a teenager, fawning about the magic of yoga. And to be sure, it has felt like an overwhelmingly positive experience that I want to continue.
But I’ve also noticed that yoga makes me feel naturally high, blissed out and carefree. Does this mean yoga is making me lazy in other parts of my life?
First, I work hard in my job and feel better equipped to leave work worries at the office. I perceive this to be a good thing. But I’ve also noticed that I have almost zero desire to open up the laptop at home to spend an hour or two digging out of work email, or doing some prep work to get organized for the week ahead. I take this to be more my relationship with my current job than anything else, but still, it’s something that I’ve noticed.
Second, I’ve noticed that my intellectual interests have changed from where they were six or twelve months ago. I used to be a news junkie, devouring the opinion pages of the New York Times and sometimes the Wall Street Journal to hear the opposing viewpoint. I used to watch the cable nighttime news as a ritual, with Chris, Anderson and Rachel informing me and getting me fired up about Washington hypocrisy and partisanship. I used to take pride on being informed and developing my political and news opinions based on facts, and a sense of what’s right. These days, my thirst for news is low, and in that sense I sometimes worry if I am getting intellectually lazy. At the same time, I HAVE been reading and intellectually curious about other things. But my reading has shifted to Elephant Journal, and books on yoga practice.
Finally, I’ve noticed that I might be getting lazy at home. To begin with, I’ve been more calm and relaxed at home. My home is my sanctuary from the office and the rest of the world. But I’ve also been less productive on home projects, less likely to clean the bathroom, less likely to attempt new elaborate recipes in the kitchen, just less active in general. Maybe I’ve been overworked at the office, but maybe the practice has made me so relaxed that I need and appreciate the quiet time doing nothing.
Maybe it’s just due to the brutal winter, but I’m wondering if my practice has also contributed to these changes. Maybe this is all just part of a necessary shift in my life.
But I really should get better about scrubbing that bathtub.