The Mind does Yoga in Barcelona

These good folk are not doing yoga at Las Ramblas.

I had a dream just before waking. There were hundreds of people in a large open space at Las Ramblas, Barcelona. We were practicing Tibetan Yoga, and having a great time.

Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once said that Las Ramblas was ‘the only street in the world which I wish would never end’. It is a tree-lined pedestrian mall between Barri Gòtic and El Raval, connecting Plaça Catalunya in the centre of Barcelona with Port Vell. Las Ramblas can be very crowded, especially during tourist season.

This was a most peculiar dream. I’ve always loved Barcelona, and especially Las Ramblas, but I don’t really like practicing yoga outside, as there are so many distractions. But in this dream i was really enjoying it.

You see, i am here in North Texas, dealing with the oppressive heat and reworking my yoga class schedule. I’m juggling different locations, days, and times, and my mind says ‘go somewhere else’.

It’s always better somewhere else, until we get there, and then it is not somewhere else any more. It’s here. And that’s where we started, isn’t it?

“Wherever you go, there you are.”

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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