10 year old boy with 28 years of experience4/7/2015
My first article in the Sensa Magazine, about two years ago (autumn 2013). :)
Dear reader. My name is Jocke Salokorpi. I'm a 10 year old boy with a 28 year experience. In other words, I'm 38 years old but like the case is with most of us (more or less everyone) my progress got stuck in the level of the ego and in one way it could be said that I haven't even been born yet. We are spiritual beings but if we keep living in the level of the ego, we can't really claim we have grown at all. If this sounds a little confusing at the moment, don't worry I will be explaining it a little more in the months to come.
I'm a yoga student. Some see me as a teacher. I don't. I really honestly don't have any desire to teach anyone, anything. I used to. Then I learned some more and became aware of not knowing anything anymore. Mental concepts, beliefs, thoughts, ideas... All unreal. Not the truth. Do I know the truth? No. So what would I teach? Nothing. Wow! I really don't know where this is going, but I really like the feeling of it. Juno Reactor is playing on my earphones and I just let this introduction flow out of me. What introduction are we talking about? The introduction of me and this column I have in this magazine. For the next 12 months I will be here with you and write about things that matter to me. Like you hopefully understood already, I'm not here to teach you anything. I'm not trying to make you believe anything. I'm just sharing ideas that resonate with me and experiences I have had as a student of yoga.
Who am I?
Most of you probably don't know who I am so I think it's appropriate to try to give you a little more than what you got from the free flow above. I was born in Sweden, lived most of my life in Finland and the past seven years in Estonia. I love it here! I have a yoga school in Tallinn and to clarify what I wrote above... I'm glad to guide you and support you in your path as a yoga student, but the process is yours. I can be your friend as you move deeper into the self, into what it means to be a Human Being, into the ego and what's beyond, but I'm not teaching. Not anymore. I'm sharing, I'm guiding and I'm supporting.
I come from the field of sports and fitness (health) but around eight years ago yoga took over my life and transformed it in many ways. And now I'm here. I talk to people, big groups of people, about life, yoga and spirituality. And they listen to me. I tell them that the concept of Ahimsa (non-violence) doesn't mean anything, that it has no value. Some are shocked. I tell them yoga is as holy as the hammer in their toolbox, that the practice is in no way mystical, but very practical. Again, disbelief. My goal is not to get people offended, my goal is to make them think, and eventually to not think.
I wanted to move on, but I understand that I have to do another clarification. Ahimsa is real. And it's a great thing, but it's only real when it comes from within not when it comes from a book or a teacher. We will talk more about this in some of the future issues. Shortly said, all concepts and beliefs are meaningless. You don't have to try to be a better person. When you become connected with who you really are (not the ego) you will be a better person. It's just a side effect.
Like you might have noticed, my style of writing can be a little different from many others. It's because this is all very personal to me. I'm writing about my thoughts, my experiences, in a very straightforward, honest way. I might be a little provocative sometimes because I want to activate your own thought process. I write about themes related to life, yoga, spirituality, health and happiness... or something else. It all depends on you. How is that? I want you to participate. I'm going to use my twitter account to connect with you. If you have questions or ideas, you can reach me here http://www.twitter.com/jockesalokorpi. Maybe we can even do some fun experiments together and stay connected to share the progress of them. Creating a conscious connection to the ground, could be a good example of an experiment we could do together. Some of the things we do on twitter could become part of our monthly column, so please dear co creators. Let's tweet!
The next article and in a way the first (this was just an introduction), is about happiness and why so many of us are unhappy. Finding true happiness shouldn't be that difficult and in the next rerelease I will explain how to do it. It has nothing to do with the outside world and everything to do with the inner world.
Dear readers, have fun, enjoy and see you soon!