My apologies for the break in blogging, I was away on a trip to Vegas this past week. Vegas may seem like an unlikely place to be deepening a yoga practice, but we all know that yoga is an internal journey, it isn't dependant on outside influence. I'm a firm believer that we see what we are looking for and in Vegas I didn't see tacky lights, pushy tourists, environmental and monetary waste - though those things were there on the surface. What I did see were kind people willing to help two moms touring the town laden with diaper bags, strollers and toddlers. I saw amazing architecture, fabulous displays and beautiful art. And I enjoyed the delicious food and fine wine. I also saw a lot of opportunities to grow out of my go-to thought patterns. As my bestie and I toured around the city with our toddlers in tow (in case anyone is wondering, Vegas has a plethora of child-friendly activities and is super easy to get around in too) I noticed that there were messages calling for social and environmental change, and educational information on issues like ocean health, the rainforest and fresh water conservation, amongst others, displayed at exhibits and venues throughout the strip. Now, at first glance, my immediate thought was that it was a bit of an oxymoron for a city in the middle of the desert that was built to cater to extravagance and consumption to be touting environmental and social consciousness. I stopped myself from commenting to this effect - I don't think the world needs more negative commentary being spouted, but I didn't argue with my friend when she voiced the point aloud either. But then, when the conversation popped up again while we were showing off our pictures back home, I gave it a little deeper thought. Vegas would have displays and exhibits with or without the information they give. By choosing to display those messages, they bring them to the attention of the over 39 million tourists that visit every year. That's a huge influence, even if only a portion of the tourists notice them and are inspired to make a change. To me, that's a comforting thought. So I choose to change my negative thoughts into positive ones and see the good in it, rather than following my instincts and seeing the negative. That's Vegas baby, drunken debauchery, broken pocketbooks, false light and smiles, and one yoginis step closer to enlightened thinking.
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