The third mind

posted by ebean

Great article about India, Asia, yoga, the west, art…

[originally published feb 2 by “Embodied Movement“]


“LET EVERYBODY IN THE CITY THINK OF THE WORD ‘YES’ AT THE SAME TIME FOR 30 SECONDS. DO IT OFTEN.” –YOKO ONO, EXCERPT FROM “LET’S PIECE I” (1960)

My generation is under the delusion that we are madly original. Such hubris! Wandering around the spiraling ramp leading through the Guggenheim’s latest exhibit, “The Third Mind,” I was appalled at how little I knew about the history of how Asia infiltrated into the American psyche, impacting art, literature, music, and philosophical concepts. I am teaching yoga, and yet, I have no idea about how yoga has come to be an “acceptable” – and well-known – tradition. This is due, in part, to the fact that yoga is a largely oral tradition. The term is also used in a broad sense to mean a whole host of things that elicit various translations such as union, yoke, really intense physical exercise in a 100 degree room, relaxation, meditation, boring, breathing and movement, India, exotic, etc.  read more

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