Waylon Lewis: How the yoga community can serve
“We really need to step it up, and not out of guilt but out of inspiration. It can be fun, and that’s what the mindful life is: we’re not trying to be spiritual at the expense of the whole world, and we’re not trying to be environmental at the expense of being good people."
Waylon Lewis (founder of ElephantJournal.com) asks whether we, as yogis, are here to be cool or are here to serve. In this talk, he suggests that yoga as "club" defeats the purpose: we as a community have a choice to "pop" external clubbiness, just as our practice helps us to learn to make friends with our internal egos & insecurity. Hear what Lewis has to say on the subject by watching his Speakeasy (click player below to view).
Some of the means Lewis suggests to make this an actuality include the notion that, "Community really is the answer, but community [that] is almost the opposite of cliquishness or clubiness. I was a huge nerd in junior high which always gave me a compassion and empathy for wallflowers, so I think if we could all take that as a mindfulness task - to engage the people who don't seem like they're comfortable and spend a little less energy to talk to the yoga instructor and instead talk to someone who looks lonely. When I go to a lot of yoga festivals, I feel that there is a lot of privilege, and if we can open that up and offer not our solutions to the world, but our openness to help and listen, the environment and the world would benefit."
We are happy to welcome Waylon back to Wanderlust Colorado in 2013: he will be hosting another Speakeasy session on Sunday July 7 at 10am entitled, "Buddhist Meditation for Business, Family & Bliss in Everyday Life: Social Activism Starts at Home" (sign up for the talk here), as well as two hikes around the theme of "God, She is to be found in the out-of-doors" (sign up for his hikes here).
Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassadorby Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoterat Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. Go deeper with Waylon at elephantjournal.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter.
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