This Journey That Takes A Lifetime Is The Journey Of A Lifetime
The journey of Yoga is one of constant learning.
You won’t one day be able to miraculously execute every posture flawlessly. You’ll always have to strive, no matter how experienced you get. In fact, that's why we say that we 'practise Yoga' rather than 'do Yoga' - because you'll never just arrive at a destination and just be able to DO it all. You'll always be practicing - you'll always be on the journey.
Rather than allowing this to be a source of frustration, see it as an exciting opportunity to constantly have somewhere to go. I mean, think about it: if you've already arrived, where else have you got to go? Pretty much nowhere. Yoga is a journey that takes a lifetime, but it's also the journey of a lifetime, so enjoy every minute of it!
“Many people begin practicing Yoga with the belief that one elusive day, when they have touched their toes or achieved a particularly difficult posture, they will be doing 'good' or 'real' Yoga. In truth, it matters little how far you can bend forward or how far you can twist, for wherever the point of resistance is, there lies the place where you have the greatest opportunity to learn and to change. This opportunity exists whether you have the flexibility of an ironing board or the mobility of a gymnast. If you can meet yourself just where you are rather than always looking beyond yourself to where you’d like to be, this attitude of steadfastness and compassion will bring the fruits of Yoga to you.”
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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