The weather is quite pleasant, and we let the dog out and he is of course being spoilt with all the walks. He hears the word walk and gets ready no matter the time of the day. The little rascal has figured out we are all home, all the time and is not getting much car rides anymore. So, walks it is! On the days we let him out, he is having so much of fun that he refuses to come back in – like today! Family tries everything - talking with him, tempting him with treats, even yelling at him, closing the door etc. He has decided that the front yard is the place he is going to stay put. Afterall he is getting his way with the walks. Maybe has found the joy of socializing, being outdoors along with neighboring dogs, squirrels, bunnies, birds, not to speak of the sun and the gentle breeze! Finally, I come out, open the door completely and ask him to come in. You should see his face when I talk to him - he is of course assessing my mood, has a vocabulary of about 70 words, not kidding at all, evaluates my tone and decides to sit there stubbornly. Little does he realize I am the mommy. I open the door wider and standing right there at the door, ring the doorbell! He hears the bell and comes dashing into the house, acting on his reflexes, looking to see who has come home, confusing himself, making us all laugh. After seeing him get all excited, looking at our excited faces jumping up and down to get more of our attention, we decide the least we can do is go out for a spin in the car taking him along of course! We end up at a nursery, buy some plants and on our drive back, see a couple with a huge sign in their yard hand written and plopped there “You honk, we drink” – I honk, I get a cheers with mugs raised and they take a sip from their huge beer mug, making us go “really” but definitely making us happy and smile. It feels like we have helped someone, somehow and that couple feeling the same I imagine, that they got us smiling as we honked! The phone dings perhaps with a message. We all know the story, you know the story of how we are constantly watched by the digital media giving a whole new (eerie) meaning to that old quote “What you seek is seeking you”. My phone no less smart than other smart and smarter phones, also operates the same way. I oscillate like everyone else perhaps with frustration feeling “WTH?” or go “Oh well, so?” always thinking of the poem “The road not taken” hoping that that has made all the difference with either of the choices, hoping that the one I have taken is the less traveled one at that moment anyways. Believing that "When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge" - as said by Tuli Kupferberg. It has always consoled me. Anyways, the reason I started writing is to make a point and I will get there, eventually by taking the road less traveled, hopefully! So thanks to my smart phone, I had chanced upon or so ‘I think’, an article about how all of us cope/can cope with stressful situations by either framing them in a ‘comedic frame’, ‘story telling frame’ or a ‘stoic frame’. A nice conversation with kids while driving had me nodding that we do not fit into ‘a frame’ all the time. Different situations make us choose different frames to process but process we must and to process we must learn to be an observer, an observer of ourselves and our surroundings. As hard as it sounds, I know for me personally, yoga teaches me to be an observer. Often in my practice I realize that when my mind wanders, my pose wanders too – unbalancing me. As I practice yoga with my students, thanks to the same social media, I tell them how much I love Vrikshana and tadasana. As we stand firm rooted in one leg, bringing movement to the rest of the body, I tell them that all that movement is only to bring steadiness to the rooted leg. Everything that is happening to us and around us as movement should only be bringing steadiness to us and that happens slowly as we continue to observe ourselves and our reactions, framing away our experiences. We must all like in that mountain pose tadasana standing always in the center of a circle, should be reaching out to the various and infinite points at the circumference to receive what we must only to come back to the center – focusing on those tapatrayas of the self, bringing growth to the self, framing away those little and big experiences, expanding that circle, not reacting continuously and constantly to the stimulus so that we may contribute effectively to the immediate world around us, and then going beyond widening the circle of our influence.