theory and practice

Theory and Practice

Just the other day, I had a thought to call mom and tell her I love her but I never did. And there were times, I thought to wake up early and sit in meditation for 30 minutes, but when the alarm went off, I would hit the snooze button repeatedly.

I can theorize endlessly about what an orange tastes like, but till I can actually taste it, it remains a theory.

We live in a media-driven, self-help, and instant gratification culture, where we have been taught that consuming huge chunks of information will actually make us smart,  help us find solutions, and find meaning in our lives. This, I have found out to be a lie. For decades,  I have fallen into the trap where I would read self-help books, feel good for a few days and then revert back to the old ways.  I would feel inspired by these magical ideas, fantasize about what it would be like in my head, but never actually really lived them.

The practice of Yoga provides many great tools and principles in which we can truly enhance our lives, but till we can actually put them into practice, take the necessary action,  and actually live them, it’s remains just a good idea in our heads.

Life is not just a string of alphabets that we put together in clever ways.

So what is the purpose of life?  You may ask. It is to live.  We mentalize what life is when the juice is always in the experience.

Theory is splendid but until put into practice, it is valueless

James Cash Penney

Roy Gan

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