On the Nuances to Answers


(GOOD Housekeeping) Because low self-esteem has never been one of my issues. (Photo courtesy of Elaine Tupaz.)

(GOOD Housekeeping) Because low self-esteem has never been one of my issues. (Photo courtesy of Elaine Tupaz.)

After texting me last night to tease me about having become a “self-help guru,” my younger sister Elaine posts the above picture on my Facebook wall.

I have to admit it’s flattering, although my original answers to the email interview have been taken slightly out of context. The article mentions the performance of yoga poses or asanas as the means to cultivate awareness of thought patterns—which is not exactly what I meant. When it comes to cultivating awareness of mental habits, few disciplines beat seated meditation. In movement meditations (of which yoga is one example), something else—the movement—tends to be the focus of one’s attention rather than one’s thought patterns per se.

Having said that, you can, of course, still become mindful of your mental habits through yoga. It’s an, um, emphasis thing.

All of which simply means: there are no simple answers.

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