Recently here in Austin, TX we just finished up hosting the music festival Austin City Limits, better known as ACL. The energy as you walk up to the venue starts to get stronger and stronger and you feel like you are hurling yourself into a world of unknowns, yet you darning enter. If you have gone to any major music festival then you’ll know what I’m talking about. For me this year was different just coming from John of God and not supposed to be drinking or having any excitement or activity. Now there is whole other dialogue I have with myself about the festival and being in the yoga/spiritual community, to party or not to party, that is the question?
So what to do? How can we find the center of ourselves amongst the party? Do we limit ourselves because of our profession as yoga teacher, lawyer, doctor, or school teacher? Why do we put this limitation on others of their humanity? Clearly, you never want to be doing something everyday then that would roll you over into another category. But, it seems like because of said profession that there is somehow this expectation of not being into activities like have a beer or two and getting down to some rock and roll. There is moment of feeling “busted” when you see someone you know in a crowd of 40,000 people while your having your good times. Can we ease up on this? Can we let people have their human experience and also find their truth in every moment and not just while your meditating or at yoga? I think so.
For me I think I learned more about interacting with the collective at music shows than other spiritual events I’ve attended. Music is so raw, primal, and moving to so many of us and all walks of life are at these things. The first note of a song can take you back to places of your memory that you haven’t thought of in years. To me, that is a spiritual moment of awareness and gratitude that someone that has impacted you in the past and now having a new experience in the now and then over time you have these multi layered musical memories and they are so deliciously cosmic.
You can truly see how passionate and loving people can be at a show they love. There is this smile and spark dancing across their face like that of child. I think that is why music shows with a bit of party is a perfectly acceptable way of getting your spiritual connection on. I think the answer is to let go of what doesn’t serve you and stop trying to fight the things that truly make you happy. Just always remember the cardinal rule my father taught me years ago, “Everything in Moderation.” Thanks Dad and also Pearl Jam for rocking the roll right off my face.
Find your own truth and stopping giving your power to other people. You know you best, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Light and love.