What Pains You?

Hi all, happy spring! Can you believe it’s really here? Today I feel it. Total spring fever. I want to go for a massive walk and get away from the blinking screen so much! But you know, it’s a workday. I’ll have to settle for a shorter walk and some gazing out the window. I’ll take it!

Anyway, I am writing today to ask for your help. I’m working on developing posts and programs and services that more closely match your needs, and as I was pondering this equation, I wondered, what pains you?

That’s right, I want to know what your challenges are, big and small. And really, just what bugs you, what annoys you, what sticks in your craw…so to speak.

Here are a few of mine, just to get you going.

Dogma pains me. Seriously. Dogma is a huge pain in my you-know-what. Whether it’s related to yoga (yoga is ONLY, yogis NEVER, you can’t BLANK if you are a yogi), or food (never ever eat ______, ______is morally wrong, if you aren’t 100% ______ you aren’t doing any good for you/the planet), or health (ALL western/modern medicine is bad, ALL holistic/integrative/alternative medicine is good), dogma makes me mad. It gets in the way of truth and analytical thinking, and generally puts a halt to what could be real, meaningful discussions and progress.

Self-centeredness. People who can’t look around and see outside their little box pain me. This is a stupid example, but when people don’t let others get off the subway BEFORE they get on, I get annoyed. Really, is it so hard to just let them off? It’s logical, they’re making more room for you! Same thing with people who don’t offer pregnant women, the elderly or those with casts/canes/broken limbs have their seats. Yeah, I give them dirty looks. It’s not very nice of me. But you know, I’m pained.

And, I know in the yoga room we’re supposed to be focused on our navels, but it pains me when no one moves their mat aside to let another practitioner fit in the room. With a little shifting, we’ll all fit, and if we have to angle our upavista konasana to the side in order not to kick someone in the face, then so be it. There’s always room for one more.

GMOs and chemicals. Genetically modified foods and processed food with chemcials, pesticides and toxins pain me. And even if you are not aware of it, they probably pain you too. They’re not meant to be in your body. They’re not real food. And because your body doesn’t know what to do with them, they just sit in your system and cause…pain.

So, there are three of mine. Large and small. Now, please tell me, WHAT PAINS YOU???

Send me an email, write a comment here on the blog, message me on Facebook, or write a comment under the status of this post. I want to hear from you and I won’t stop asking what’s going on in your world!

Now, for that walk….

  • Kandi Kizz

    Two of my biggest things that pains me are kind of related.
    1. Inconsiderate people. We share this planet, and our surroundings. Everyone has their own troubles, worries, and Blessings. We do not need to throw ours at someone else. Sometimes all it takes is a smile to help someones day. At other times, it is just speaking to them and let them know that no matter where they are, there are others on the Journey.
    2. When someone thinks that they are better than someone else. And they cause pain and suffering just to make themselves feel supperior. Children learn from their surroundings. They learn how to mistreat people by watching what the adults around them do.
    So with those two things said, I send smiles and Blessing out to everyone. May you know you are not alone on this journey.

    • http://alifedelectable.com/ Laura Olson

      Love it!

  • Milan

    So many of your pains are the same ones I have! One of my number one pains is rude people. I was raised with manners and that you didn’t treat someone any way that you didn’t want to be treated. The train things irks me to no end! Let them get off, you will have time to get on the train. It also pains me when people do not say excuse me. I could go on.
    Another big thing that pains me is boxes, boxes that people love to put each other in. It’s very similar to how you were saying that dogmas pain you. From a yoga standpoint there’s a certain perception people have sometimes. People just can’t let someone be, why do we feel the need to categorize and create crazy rules for everything?! People are allowed to practice yoga, still eat meat sparingly and read trashy romance novels if they want to. LOL. I feel like boxes are limitations and inhibit people from living at their best.
    My last top pain is people’s obsession with celebrities and their feeling of entitlement of knowing everything about their personal lives and that it’s ok to judge them. No one is perfect. I just feel the same energy spent on criticizing someone else’s life could be spent enhancing your own. Celebs are people too, they just make more money than me is all. LOL.

    • http://alifedelectable.com/ Laura Olson

      I love this! Of course, it’s the boxes that are the problem. Not the ideals that created the boxes, but the extra firm walls built up around them over time. So I think what I want to do is to help others, and myself, live to their fullest, embrace their possibilities, and break down the boxes enough to be really healthy and happy! Thanks for joining the voyage!