Have you seen that new ad on TV with the woman in the yoga studio?
I just saw it last night.
Apparently, she is in the middle of a yoga session. At some point, her phone buzzes to alert her that, for some reason, at that very moment, her bank balance is low. She uses the yoga pose to stretch into a new position that allows her to transfer money into her account before she gets back into the proper pose.
The guy next to her seems to be struggling, but her smug look obviously comforts him…or something like that.
Anyway, when the teacher walks by, she is supposedly blissfully unaware of the clandestine transaction that has taken place directly under her nose. Such a clever student!
I could only groan when I saw this. First, if this woman is thinking about her bank balance in the middle of a one-hour yoga class, then it doesn’t matter what stretches or poses she does…she obviously needs to re-set her focus. Also, I’m sure the other people in the class are really appreciative of her transferring money on a cell phone during their one-hour break in the day.
Obviously this rant is not about a commercial. I know it’s just a Hollywood bit. But the point gets back to our previous commentary on courtesy, taking it a step further. Not only has common decency gone out the window in many places (restaurants, movies, etc.), but I am sure many of you out there have stories of how this goes on in church, synagogue, yoga class. The list goes on and on.
If you have ever tried to meditate, you know how much concentration it takes. You know how the mind is…”un-stilled”…with just the slightest provocation.
And, you know how hard it is to stay away from the phone and email, even when you are supposedly quieting down.
Therefore, let us all take this ridiculous commercial as a wake up call. Let’s try to use some portion of the day for relaxation and calm, despite the pull of the world. If you can’t devote an hour, devote a minute. Stop listening to the TV and listen to your breath for a second. Walk to the fridge to get an apple and count the steps. Take a drink of water and feel the swallow. Iron a shirt and see the wrinkles disappear.
You know what to do. Once you put the cell phone down, it should be clear.