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Two Kinds of Lazy
by Deborah Adele, MA



Editor's Note: This piece is short, but meaningful. In yoga one tries to be present and practice mindfulness. The author, Deborah Adele, tells an anecdote that leaves you reflecting on your own ability to be present.


I recently heard a story about a teacher who was instructing on laziness. He proceeded to tell his students that there are 2 kinds of lazy. One is the kind where a person just sits around doing nothing. The other, more serious form of laziness, is the kind where one moves at a frantic pace from dawn to dusk. What an interesting concept to think of oneself as severely lazy because one is moving at such an intense, frantic pace accomplishing so much!

The story captured my attention and formed a serious question in my mind: If the pace of my life labels me as the second kind of lazy, then what am I being lazy in regards to? What is the teacher of this story trying to convey?

There are many ways to not show up to our life; after all showing up to our potential, to reality as it comes to us, to what might be asked of us, is a scary thing. Sitting and doing nothing is one way to avoid our life. Being busy doing tasks that we can wear as a badge of accomplishment is another way to avoid our lives.

But following our truth, getting quiet and still enough to listen to the call of our own soul…now that is the real work of our lives.



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 About the Author
Deborah Adele, MA, has a background in theology, business, yoga philosophy, and somatic education.  For over 14 years, she used her knowledge to build a thriving yoga center in Duluth, MN.  Deborah has made several trips to India for study and currently spends her time writing and teaching.  She is the author of The Yamas and Niyamas:  Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Principles and two CDs The Art of Relaxation and The Practice of Meditation.

Visit Deborah at: DeborahAdele.com or TheYamasandNiyamas.com
Find Deborah on facebook and twitter: TheYamasandNiyamas




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