4 thoughts on “Intention”

  1. Tanya, I read this post right after the previous post I commented upon. It struck me that, among other things, this also applies to my study of Buddhism and my relationships with all people of color day to day. What a path. I wanted to make a difference in the world and I discovered I have to make a difference in me.

  2. I love the “no cookies for allies” article. Indeed, allies are followers, not leaders. Allies who seek credit are not true allies at all. Cultural misappropriation is a slippery slope, since literally everything in America is misappropriation. I think it’s a fine line between honoring and overstepping, particularly when race/religion is involved. But it also seems to be a white preoccupation; another game of “who’s more PC than thou”. Sometimes (usually) call-outs are hot air, but it always pays to be self-aware. I think it’s great that you are being this intentional and striving to educate yourself. Yoga in particular more than likely has a long history of being hijacked and the culture it comes from knows more about colonization than anyone in America could fathom. In the end, it is a spiritual practice that begins w/ strengthening & purifying the body. I’m not an expert, but I would say that all avenues to enlightenment are open to everyone, regardless of who they are or where such a system may originate. But I do understand that while yoga is not like zumba or jazzercise, it all too often is treated this way.

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