"I Know Everything About Yoga"
Oh boy. When I hear a student say “I know everything about Yoga” (and I’ve heard it a few times) I can’t help but sighing. Because I know that, as a teacher, I really have my work cut out for me trying to teach them anything at all.
A student telling you that he or she knows ALL about what you’re teaching is like a person coming up to you with a full glass of water and asking you to fill the glass. But the glass is already full, so how can you fill it? Similarly, if a person already perceives themselves to be filled with knowledge, how in the world can you pass on more information to them? The answer (for both questions) is that you can’t.
No matter how much you already know about a topic, no matter how many classes you’ve attended, the only way to continue learning is to approach that topic and each class with what’s known as a beginner’s mind: a mind ready to be filled - not one already full.
Unless you do that, your learning will quickly grind to a halt. So, for goodness sake, don’t be that student - the one who professes to know everything about Yoga (in other words, the stagnant student, unable to learn). Be the student open to what’s being taught and ready to be filled with knowledge. That way you’ll learn and grow for…well, for the rest of your life!
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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