“He who chases two rabbits catches none.” ~Confucius
Last week, as you may recall, I announced the launch of a new website for my “Shaloha Yoga” endeavor, and I quickly discovered that– surprise– attempting to manage two separate websites is (at least) double the work of managing one. (Or at least that’s my experience when your management team consists of precisely one manager.)
So– for the time being– I’m consciously choosing to stick to the one website model (i.e. this one) and (cue Tim Gunn) make it work.
Of course, if these were the only two rabbits in the picture this week, my life would be a lot simpler and perhaps I would have written a few more blog posts.
There’s a very large rabbit in the room that refuses to release its kung fu grip on my brain.
That rabbit is called “music”– and despite the fact that I attempted to quit the pursuit of making it last fall– I relapsed this summer, and went on a full-blown, two-day-long production binge last week.
You can check out the result in a little music video that I made by clicking here.
Lest you find the “addiction” metaphor a little uncouth, please understand: I am not making a joke.
All you have to do is go back and read my blog archive from the beginning (September – October 2013) and you will see what can potentially happen when I follow the Music Muse down the rabbit hole (so to speak).
I wasn’t expecting this little outburst of creative energy right before my upcoming travels, and– predictably– the aftermath has unleashed a torrent of potentially-destabilizing energy into my current flow. Now that it’s happened, though, I’m trying to bring my increasingly-effective “mindful management” skills to the mix. After all, that potentially-destabilizing energy could potentially result in some brilliant artistic achievement, and– hey– what’s the point of doing yoga, anyway– if not to facilitate our own personal growth into our best possible selves?
Which reminds me why I started blogging about “my attempt to stay sane in a crazy world”:
It was never merely to attain some enlightened bliss-state and retreat into some monastic solitude, separate from the vicissitudes of everyday life; it was always about learning how to thrive in my own unique way… about identifying and following my bliss and encouraging others to do the same.
In that sense (to bring it full circle), evanjoblin.com and shalohayoga.com were never actually two different rabbits– nor are yoga and music, for that matter.
Both of these projects and these “disciplines” are simply different manifestations of the same One Thing– namely, my attempt to live an authentic, mindful, and creative life in a world that doesn’t always make it easy to achieve that goal.
Anyway, let’s keep it short, and end with a quote that Seane Corn quoted in her thousand-plus-person-yoga class at the Wanderlust Brooklyn Festival this past weekend:
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” ~ Mark Twain
With all due respect to Confucius, I’d argue in the vein of Twain that my purpose in life is to figure out how to catch the two-rabbits-(that-are-perhaps-ultimately-one) that I feel in my bones) I’m meant to be chasing.
Because I’ve spent way too many days of my life chasing nothing (out of fear of failure/fear of success/perfectionism/whatever), and I refuse to relentlessly pursue one single discipline at the expense of those other disciplines that I need to integrate into my life– for my own health and well-being.
And when I finally pull this thing off– on a day-to-day basis– THAT will be the most important day of my life.