‘Everything’ can be interpreted, in the yoga sense, as the daily choices we make, both for our own internal environment, and the one surrounding us in which we walk and breathe. Each of these choices becomes a brush stroke in the tapestry of our individual creations, as well as the global picture we all create with our daily awareness (or not) of our collective environment.
Charlie, a magnificent creature of dignity and grace, lived at the Oregon Zoo, a poster child for animals rescued from the jungle stew pot. Calley’s portrayal of him for The Rama Exhibition captures his beautiful being, and illustrates Jane Goodall’s famous observation that “everything we do matters.”
‘Everything’ represents not only our actions, but also our thoughts and words, as they powerfully influence our inner and outer surroundings as well. The very awareness it takes to be mindful of our thoughts and patterns of speech carries into the awareness that allows the world we inhabit to be more pristine, more protected, more appreciated, more enjoyed by ourselves and those with whom we come in contact.
The body hears everything we think and say, and behaves accordingly. If one regularly says, for instance, that they “can’t stand!” something, they might find themselves hobbling along, unable to stand as their knees or their ankles comply with their habitual utterance.
Yoga, in my mind, entails all that we think and say and ultimately do…on the inside and out.
Julia Fairchild – Calley’s Webmaster and Guest Blogger