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I sometimes got myself thinking why I am posting yoga blogs and why I am trying so hard to write these blogs. Yes, I love to write and I feel as if I was just born to write. However, I cannot keep myself from thinking whether people are really reading the posts or whether they are making a difference or being beneficial to some people’s lives. When these thoughts come to my mind, I stop writing for a while. Then a moment comes and life reminds me why I should write. 

I have not been writing for a few weeks. Besides group and private yoga classes, the yoga teacher training program is so full and I cannot have time to post blogs. Moreover, I have a private life. Whenever I turn on the computer to post a blog, I find myself taking notes for the training or making researches for the training. However, I should write. This is what makes me happy. How could I get away from myself and the things that makes me happy this much and when did this happen? 

Daily flow of life reminded me the answer to this question. One morning, I got the answer when a friend of mine with whom we are training teachers called me. She told me that a woman called the studio, who was suffering from a serious herniated disc in her lumbar spine. Doctors had advised that she undergo a surgery but she instead googled to read about herniated discs. That was when she found one of my blogs on herniated discs and then she found the yoga studio of my friend and called the studio. My friend invited her to the studio for a free trial class and had a really beneficial class with the woman. The woman told my friend that she felt so relieved after the class and she had not felt so well for a long time.  

After the class, my friend called me and informed about the development. That was when I found out the answer I had been searching for a long time. Why was I writing? I was looking for an answer for a long time and I was thinking that what I was doing was just in vain because there was not any satisfying answer to my question. However, maybe I was writing a blog in order to beneficial to only one person. Only one person would benefit from it and maybe this benefit would be today, tomorrow or a year later however that blog would be a healing for “just one person.” This reminded me a story I shared with you years ago. A story by Lauren Tseley: 

“Once upon a time there was an intellectul who used to write his stories on the shore of the ocean. Before starting writing, he used to walk on the shore. One day, he saw a man who seemed like dancing on the beach. He thought that the man could be a person who liked to start the day by dancing and he smiled. He walked fast to catch up with the man. When he got closer, he saw that it was a young man who was in fact not dancing. He was running a few steps, taking something from the ground and then throwing it to the ocean smoothly. He talked to the man as he came a few steps closer: 

– Good morning sir. What are you doing? 

The young man raised his head and answered: 

– I am throwing starfish to the ocean. 

– I think I should ask in another way, thought the intellectual. Why are you throwing starfish to the ocean? 

– The sun has already risen up and it’s the low tide. If I don’t throw them to the ocean, they will die. 

– But don’t you see that the coast is kilometers long and full of starfish. It will make no difference. 

The young man listened to the intellectual politely, took another starfish and threw it to the ocean. 

– It made a difference for this one. 

This answer surprised the intellectual and he could not know what to say. He went back home. When he tried to write for the rest of the day, all he could do was to see the man’s face in front of his eyes. He tried not to think of the man but he could not. In the end, he realized what the young man was trying to do. The young man was trying to be an actor in the universe and making a difference instead of being just an observer and watching what was going on. He felt ashamed. That night he did not sleep well. He woke up next morning, got out of bed and went to the shore to find the young man. He spent the morning throwing starfish to the ocean with the young man.” 

Maybe I am calling it “just a blog” however maybe that single blog will make a difference in the life of “a single starfish” that is just one person. I really want to thank to that person who inspired me again in days when I question why I am still writing blogs. I am grateful for having yoga in my life, reaching people with yoga, helping and extending body, soul and mind support to people with yoga as much as I can, and touching not only my life but also lives of other people. How could one be better than this? 

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2009-2010 tum fotolar 668“Once upon a time there was an intellectul who used to write his stories on the shore of the ocean. Before starting writing, he used to walk on the shore. One day, he saw a man who seemed like dancing on the beach. He thought that the man could be a person who liked to start the day by dancing and he smiled. He walked fast to catch up with the man. When he got closer, he saw that it was a young man who was in fact not dancing. He was running a few steps, taking something from the ground and then throwing it to the ocean smoothly. He talked to the man as he came a few steps closer:

– Good morning sir. What are you doing?

The young man raised his head and answered:

– I am throwing starfish to the ocean.

– I think I should ask in another way, thought the intellectual. Why are you throwing starfish to the ocean?

– The sun has already risen up and it’s the low tide. If I don’t throw them to the ocean, they will die.

– But don’t you see that the coast is kilometers long and full of starfish. It will make no difference.

The young man listened to the intellectual politely, took another starfish and threw it to the ocean.

– It made a difference for this one.

This answer surprised the intellectual and he could not know what to say. He went back home. When he tried to write for the rest of the day, all he could do was to see the man’s face in front of his eyes. He tried not to think of the man but he could not. In the end, he realized what the young man was trying to do. The young man was trying to be an actor in the universe and making a difference instead of being just an observer and watching what was going on. He felt ashamed. That night he did not sleep well. He woke up next morning, got out of bed and went to the shore to find the young man. He spent the morning throwing starfish to the ocean with the young man.”
This is a story by Lauren Tseley shared by a Turkish columnist years ago. So what’s the point of sharing this story with you today? I have not heard about this story until a few days ago. One of my students told the story in a yoga class last week. When I first heard the story, I thought about the changes yoga had made in my own life and the student cited to the story to tell me about the changes yoga had made to her. Neither she nor I could know that this story would make more sense in a few days.
A dreadful mine disaster occurred in our country last week, killing and wounding hundreds. I do not know if it happens to you from time to time. I think of something and it happens. I talk about something, that something happens. I think of someone and I meet him/her. Simply “law of attraction.” That day, we talked about this story and unfortunately experienced this mine disaster. Wish we had not. When I first heard the disaster, I remembered this story. I remembered that one sentence of the story: “It made a difference for this one.” In other words: “We saved one.”
If you follow my posts, you know that I am writing something about yoga every week. After the mine disaster, I decided to write about yoga and life instead of a detailed yoga experience. The aim of yoga is to raise our awareness, look at life from a different perspective, and live every moment with full awareness. When taking a breath, being aware that the air comes in from the nostrils, passes through the trachea and reaches the lungs… When eating something, being aware of every chew… When drinking tea or coffee, being aware of each sip… Shortly, living with full awareness…
When something happens in our country, trying to find a solution with full awareness instead of remaining silent or being just an obsevrer… Or taking a step and taking action…
At this point, we come to the main idea of the story: “Being an actor and making a difference instead of being an observer and just watching what’s going on.” Throwing starfish to the sea if we need to… Or trying to create a comon consciousness through blogs or posts if we need to… Or doing and teaching yoga and meditation to raise awareness of more people… Or writing and composing songs and reaching people this way… Whatever your way is… A difference makes new differences just like domino effect. What is important is no more be an observer or a spectator but to take action. Being aware, seizing the moment and making a difference… Not saying what will happen only if I change. After all, “united we stand, divided we fall” or “two heads are better than one.” One difference makes two, two differences make three…