On the morning of 9/11/2001 I was awaiting the start of a computer training class for email administrators that I was attending. One of my classmates, a network engineer, got a cell phone call and informed us that a plane had hit one of the towers. His coworker in the tower was responsible for the company’s data transmissions from the roof of the tower. He tried to reassure his coworker and advised him to stay calm.
We scoffed in disbelief. At first we assumed it was a small private plane that had flown off course. I also recalled that a plane had once struck the Empire State Building and had only caused minimal damage. These buildings are built to sustain the accidental impact of a passenger jet.
While we assembled around a television set with the live coverage, our classmate announced that he would go down to see if he could help his coworker. When the second building was hit, we knew we were dealing with terrorism.
Later, weeks after the towers came down, we learned that nobody in the upper floors had any escape route out of the building and thus while no one knew it for certain at the time, they had no possibility of survival. I realized that this employee was working on one of the top floors.
It was a sobering thought that so many were trapped and alive and had only minutes to live that day.
I don’t have anything yogic to say about this today. I am still numb from that day, I avoid watching any coverage or documentaries about 9/11 and I find it difficult to visit the neighborhood unless I must. I’m not saying I have PTSD, but their is still a raw scar and it doesn’t take much for the wound to open.
God bless their souls.
You do not mention by name the current hoopla over John Friend and Anusara Yoga. Clearly, as an American businessman, as a yogi trained in a lineage in India, and as a member of Yoga Alliance, Friend knows about business ethics, yamas and niyamas (I have heard him chant Patanjali’s yoga sutras in Sanskrit from memory), and professional ethics.
The reports that Friend depended on staffers and senior teachers to stay mute about his whereabouts during sexual dalliances, and to receive drug deliveries at their studios on his behalf *proves* that he (and they) knew that what he was doing was wrong, unethical and illegal. He compromised his organization, his confidants and his followers, who made significant financial, professional and emotional commitments to Anusara.
On the other hand, yoga centers and ashrams are not the only places where adherents look away from unethical or illegal behavior as we have seen with JFK and others at the White House, Herman Cain at the National Restaurant Association, and “Godfather” knows where else, and in your Catholic diocese, to name only a few.
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I don’t understand what you mean by “you can’t blame yoga.” I don’t think you have acknowledged Wendyness’ point: your article clearly singles out the dilution of yoga in the West and implies that the yoga taught in a pure tradition in Mysore is superior.
Ethics are ethics and humans are humans. I take the point of your article that yoga is more than asana. I frequently make the same point myself, as that was part of the certified yoga training I received. I believe Wendyness would agree that she is not offended by yoga, but that where and how yogis receive their training has no correlation with ethical or sincere behavior.
Yoga schools and yoga teachers like myself who are registered with Yoga Alliance sign ethics agreements when they are certified. That is the acknowledged modern Western version of the yamas and niyamas. All professionals sign them and many professional certification organizations require yearly ethics CEUs — see lawyers, teachers, therapists, doctors, etc. (alas, not yoga teachers, though many centers require them when they hire or contract a teacher).
Wendyness’ post demonstrates (anecdotaly, of course) that direct transmission of yoga, East or West, does not assume ethical behavior, which seems to me an accurate criticism of your otherwise informative and factual post.
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An epiphany on the bathroom floor.
The NY Times has published an article that is meant to be alarming. While the conversation is worth having and the author is entitled to his opinion, there is a lot of misinformation and omission that I feel I must address. Read the rest of this entry »
I would like to test out the idea that you can be more effective when you work smarter, not harder.
The claim – you can get up and running selling something on the web in virtually no time. The key is to come up with an email list that you use to bring people to your site. If the site is designed effectively, with a good story, free stuff that leads you to inexpensive stuff, to more expensive stuff, to most expensive stuff, you can offer a lot of value to people how need your information, while at the same time, you can sit back a watch the sales roll in.
The trick, of course, is putting the model together, then generating the content that provides information people need, and convincing people they need to buy it now before the price goes up or the content goes away (like Disney cartoon movies)
I selected Oprius as my web-based online Contact Relationship Management (CRM) software some time ago, and I would like to utilize it more effectively. There are many features I haven’t explored. My next step is to run through the online tutorials and see what I missed. They also have customer support, so I will ask for some help in using the product most effectively.
Ann has started a masters group with a few friends who have projects they want to implement.
You know how you get a great idea, but since you don’t know the first thing about starting the project, you give up easily and sometimes forget about it?
Well, Ann’s idea was to start a little informal web group with her friends. The assignment is to come up with one question on Tuesdays that you would need to answer to move the project along.
I’m in the club too. Now I need to think of a question!