Artist Yue Minjun
Yue Minjun is practicing the final phase of Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana or Hand to big toe pose. This pose requires a strong core, open hamstrings, and a solid foundation for balance. But the most important part of this pose is breathe. If you go into this pose without the proper awareness of your breathe and foundation, all stability is lost.
This mentality is important to take off the Matt as well. We have a tendency to go after things so fast. As Yue Minjun has said, "just slow down a bit maybe, so as to let people catch up with the same pace and so as to live in a rather stable way. Going to fast would just make people lose balance, and somehow feel being abandoned and isolated, which is not good to the society as a whole." Minjun was referring to his country's pace of social change, but his words can be applied to many aspects of life.
Take the time to slow down, breathe, and do your best to become aware of the environment you live in. Accept change, embrace change or be a part of the change. Whatever it may be,
Peace, Peace, Peace.
*Source : "what's behind the grin of Yue Minjun?" April, 7 2010. CNN.com Part of complete coverage on talk Asia.