Imitation is not Flattery

Posted: April 12, 2015 in Awake, Pushing my buttons!
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Summary:

Buddhism and other Eastern-based ways of life, habits and cultural aspects such as yoga, etc. have become fads for many. This makes me question whether many are simply imitating without understanding or whether they are applying Western-based undertones and principles that are ingrained to the learned Eastern principles.

Why?

Granted, some believe they’re “doing it right” by studying and practicing, and will gladly announce their successes, titles acquired and upward movement in the chosen way of life. Hint: Yogis do not announce, a Sensei is not a preacher and spirituality is not a tangible thing with a title in many Eastern beliefs. Look it up. While you’re at it, don’t read a Western version of what you’re seeking. Go to the truth, to the source.

From a capitalist perspective, I’m not mad at anyone hocking yoga mats, yoga socks, yoga pants – not to mention the see through pants that show fully formed asses, etc. I’m also happy to know that humans across the world are finally appreciating the benefits of yoga.

So:

Yes, go get all trendy bendy in your see through yoga pants if that empowers you or your ass!

Yes, read a reliable source or ten on Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, etc. They’re wonderful ways of life.

Yes, please appreciate what those outside of the so-called First World/ Western World have to offer. I promise you will be pleasantly surprised.

But please:

Please understand that while I cannot judge you, I also cannot respect you when you make a mockery of my rich cultured history.

Enjoy your journey. May you find the happiness and fulfilment you crave without destroying or “westernizing” my culture and heritage. You cannot buy a way of life.

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Comments
  1. Ritu says:

    So true! My Pops is a Yog teacher… Yog, not Yoga, as the ‘a’ was added by the Western contingent! He says the same all the time, it’s not a fad, but a way of life!!

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