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Are You Sleeping In? July 27, 2022

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1 Cor. ii    Like as there are many members of our body, and every member hath his office appointed unto him, which he must do, not for his own wealth and safeguard only, but for the preservation of the whole body, insomuch that the most honest member must serve the vilest at his necessity ; for the hand would not serve the slow belly, they should both perish together : even so hath God appointed his gifts, and distributed them in this world unto us ( which should be as one body,) that every nation hath need of another, every occupation need of another, and every man need of his neighbor. This is so plain that it cannot be denied. Nevertheless I will more specially touch the matter, because I would have it so rooted in you, that you might endeavor yourselves to fulfil it towards each other.”

– quoted from “The Second Chapter. For What Intent God Giveth Us These Gifts, And That They Are Rather A Charge And A Careful Burthen, Than Any Pleasure To Rejoice At.” of A Treatise Made By the Said John Frith While He Was Prisoner In the Tower of London, ANNO M.D.XXXII Called A Mirror, Or Glass, To Know Thyself

In my most recent “9 Days” video, I referenced the English Protestant priest John Frith’s belief that everyone has a purpose, skills, and vision/perspective that can serve the greater good. While I was putting that video together, a friend serendipitously told me about a series of futurist experiments that are based on the same idea. Of course, the only way we serve our purpose and use our skills and perspective to serve ourselves or others is by waking up and getting to it. I mean that quite literally. After all, there is only so much we can achieve in our dreams.

I know that last statement is a little weird. It’s weird for a number of reasons. First, we can do a lot in our dreams. We can have dreams in which we do an uncountable number of amazing things. Then too, there’s a lot that gets done through scientific dream research (and even dream analysis). Plus, there’s the idea that life is a dream and/or that we want to make our dreams come true.  After all, everything that is made by humans was dreamed up by a human. So, I’m not knocking dreaming… or sleeping.

I wouldn’t ever criticize dreaming… or sleeping, because both are essential to our survival as a species. Also, I enjoy during both. But, even if I had a mind to do such a thing, I wouldn’t do such a thing today, because it’s National Sleepy Head Day in Finland.

Click here to read my post about the history of National Sleepy Head and how the official “sleepyhead” during today’s celebrations isn’t even close to lazy!

Please join me today (Wednesday, July 27th) at 4:30 PM or 7:15 PM for a yoga practice on Zoom. Use the link from the “Class Schedules” calendar if you run into any problems checking into the class. You will need to register for the 7:15 PM class if you have not already done so. Give yourself extra time to log in if you have not upgraded to Zoom 5.0. You can request an audio recording of this practice via a comment below or by emailing myra (at) ajoyfulpractice.com.

Wednesday’s playlist is available on YouTube and Spotify. [Look for “07272021 National Sleepy Head Day”]

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