ruby’s tuesday | finding om on the go
posted: January 7, 2014
Being busy, we’ve long thought over here at lululemon, is a choice.
Recently, the New York Times appeared to agree, calling being busy “a trap.” The Globe and Mail went on to debate what exactly being “busy” includes, while The Economist zeroed in on young professionals in their 30s and 40s as undoubtedly the busiest generation. Meanwhile, over at the Harvard Business Review, whether you are truly busy or not, they just want you to stop complaining about it.
In case you’ve been too busy to notice, the state of being busy is a hot topic. And the bottom line here is that being busy has definitely lost its cool factor in 2014, and idleness (not to be confused with laziness) has taken its place.
How to how to find idleness in our manic, faster-and-faster world? The answer may, ironically, lie in your ability to source it while on the go.
In Om on the Go, her new show for ulive.com, NYC-based wellness and maternity guru Latham Thomas interviews friends and colleagues including Venus Williams, Gabrielle Bernstein, Tara Stiles and Kris Carr about where they find ‘active solace.’
Ruby sat down to chat with Latham on the subject.
Latham finds solace just hanging out
Where did you come up with the term ‘active solace’ and what does it mean exactly?
“Active solace is about finding peace within while being in the midst of your busy life. It’s often about embracing movement as the answer, and the idea that whatever moves you is your yoga—so your active solace.”
Where do you personally find om on the go?
“I find it wherever I can tune out the world and go inward. That may be on the yoga mat, but sometimes it’s on the C train during morning rush hour, where I just close my eyes and breathe. I believe that the Om lives within each of us and that there are many ways to activate that peaceful energy within. The idea is that you don’t necessarily have to be [physically] still to find stillness; you may experience it in a kickboxing class, kayaking, or even at your desk.”
What tools from your yoga practice do you use most often to achieve this?
“For me breathing is everything. Your breath is your freedom from external pressures. Visualization is also a powerful tool, as the idea of focus and the single pointed gaze can be so helpful for tuning inward.”
What were the common themes about achieving active solace that came up in your interviews?
“Each of the episodes really focused on a theme: empowerment, overcoming fear, taking risks, stepping outside of the box, resilience… and each person had a practice of constantly working on themself, of self-improvement. Each guest shared their personal story and that allowed me to explore their journey to inner peace.”
So what were the most useful takeaways for you?
“I loved the way Tara Stiles spoke about coming from a small town and starting her yoga empire in her living room. She kept the faith and look where her brand is now. Kris Carr spoke about her journey living with cancer and embracing it, becoming a “cancer thriver” and reframing the way she saw her illness. These stories are relatable for everyone at any stage in their life, but what I love is that every guest was vulnerable and showed their ‘growing edge, ’a part of them that is still developing.”
How can we pass this message on to our kids? What tools for finding calm and peace are most useful for them?
“Kids can learn the tools for mediation just like any adult and they benefit from applying these to their lives during testing time, or before competitive sports. Kids need help with concentration and that is also one of yoga’s biggest gifts.”
Om on the Go with Latham Thomas debuts on ulive.com today.
Whether it’s interviewing Lady Gaga, unveiling the latest trends in fashion, or getting under the skin of our most neurotic social trends, Ruby Warrington is at the forefront of it all. She’s a British lifestyle writer, the celebrated creator of the blog The Numinous, and a regular contributor to the lululemon blog.