I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date. Tricked by the mesmerizing columns, numbers and receipts. Tricked by government forms. Ugh, I meant to get my blog post up on Tuesday but there was a nagging voice, joined by that little obnoxious reminder tab that kept popping up in the upper left hand corner of my screen. Taxes, Taxes, Taxes. Complete, Remind me in 5 minutes, Remind me in one hour, Remind me tonight, Ignore. I just had to stop hitting ignore day after day.
Taxes, that brings me to another trickster, the one that won't share his taxes. Wikipedia characterizes a trickster as: "In mythology, and in the study of folklore and religion, a trickster is a character in a story, which exhibits a great degree of intellect or secret knowledge, and uses it to play tricks or otherwise disobey normal rules and conventional behavior." While, the person that I am referring to plays tricks and disobeys rules, one IN NO WAY can agree that he exhibits a great degree of intellect. Plus, I don't want to think about him. Happy place, lets go to a happy place.
The last couple of days I have been listening to Deepak Chopra while in the studio. This man is no trickster. I have been thinking about my heart, body, and mind, my mind being the trickster. I am trying to become more "aware." As I age, I feel like I need to take heed and pay more attention to the mind/body connection. Along with this comes all the buzz words: mindfulness, intention, deeper self fulfillment. For a cynic, this is a daunting undertaking. I am wise to what is out there, I live in Boulder, Colorado - you can't pedal a mile without passing an ashram and no less than 26 yoga studios. But yoga has become a workout to the masses, not to mention, I cringe when I hear people use the word intention now. It has become so overused it has lost its true intention. Ha! Now that, is an intentional joke. Anyway, as you can see, I am a cynic. My tricky little self wants to tap into something that is not so much spiritual as scientific. I am finding Ayurvedic teachings fascinating and I feel like as with any dogma, one should be able to create their own personal spiritual path, rather than follow something to a T. Tricky. For example, food. I am paying more attention to what I eat, the why of it. Learning about different properties of spices, of plants, and what we can benefit from them on a molecular level when eaten. This beneficial synergy becomes the catalyst to our well being on mental level. I love that. Its all stuff that I have read before, practiced at different times in my life...but the trickster always peeked around the corner at one point. Prod, prod, that bourbon isn't going to bother your internal makeup. Oh, but yes it is. The thing is, I like the trickster, I like the serious me, I like the cynic, I like the healthy me. I just need to take the trickster by the hand and say, "Hey, Tricky McTrickster, not always, not always."