Camille

Reflections

Some of my thoughts and observations about yoga, life, within and outside work.  All of the views expressed are my own.

Codex Vitae - The book of life.

I stumbled upon a really interesting entry for the new year ! It is a  Codex Vitae written by Buster Benson. This was heavily inspired by the book, Mr. Penubra’s 24 Hour Bookstore. The idea is to write a book on beliefs about life, to codify these beliefs, and hopefully, audit, refresh, and keep on coming back to them - in the hope that the life that we lead will follow through with our core belief systems. It is a wonderful idea, worth giving a shot.

This is my first Codex ( Hopefully with more to come in the future! ) and I’m so excited to share it with you.

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If you are (Camille):

  • At any given time, remind yourself of your principles especially when reviewing this monthly

  • Respond to evaluations as objectively as possible.

  • Treat this as an exercise in authenticity.

  • Don’t be too hard on yourself.

If you are not (Camille):

  • Read this with the understanding that you are different than Camille— the way she lives her life may not necessarily be the way you live yours.

  • Consider creating your own Codex Vitae. It might be of benefit to you too.
    Here’s a template to get you started.

Metabeliefs - Beliefs about Beliefs

  • This document is always a work in progress, and will never be complete.

  • Beliefs can change over time.

  • Beliefs correlate to one’s integrity as a human being.

  • Beliefs are a product of a person’s environment and upbringing, but also how individuals perceive themselves.

  • Beliefs are never right or wrong, or could never be 100% proven right or wrong.

  • Beliefs are somehow beneficial when they are benevolent to everyone involved.

Principles - Some broad strokes about how I see the world.

  • There’s always something bigger than the ego self at play. Divine provenance, the universe, prana - All of these eastern beliefs is something I adhere to.

  • Believing in a higher power helps propel humanity forward. It is also prone to misuse.

  • We are a product of different forms of stimuli - These stimuli work as compounded illusions at times. They influence the way we respond to situations.

  • The mind (manas) is always a cheeky monkey. The only way to tame it is through meditation.

  • There is a difference between the seer - and the maker of thoughts.

  • Objectivity is not indifference.

  • Karmic absolution is a bloody long process. And sometimes it starts with forgiving yourself.

  • Kindness is the best policy. At all times

  • There is no excuse for bad behaviour, especially when you empathise with people.
     

On work

  • It is better to not do something at all, if you are not going to do it properly.

  • An old Benedictine maxim is “Ora et Labora” - meaning prayer and work. If you’re doing work properly, you are basically treating it as a form of prayer.

  • Kindness and compassion goes a long way, especially when you’re under stress.

  • Problems are opportunities to do the right thing.

  • There is such a thing as doing the very best with everything you possibly can. 

  • Work, like love, also has moments of euphoria and rejection.

  • Temporary breaks from work actually makes you more productive later on.

  • It only takes one person to believe in you to give you a head start.

  • It is also your duty to believe in others, in the same way that other people have believed in you.

  • The only purpose of knowledge is to pass it on.

On friendships

  • And you stand by the movie “Almost Famous” when they said: “The only currency you have in this world are the moments you have with friends, when you’re uncool.”

  • It is possible to have friends who are physically away - and yet spend the next meeting like as though they’ve never left.

  • Friends are people you can be perfectly yourself with.

On Commitment

  • It is possible to find yourself with someone who feels like home

  • Choosing to love this person every day is integral to making it work. Choosing this person means you choose to fall in love with them, every single day.

  • We shouldn't take ourselves too seriously.

  • Nobody has the answers.

  • Passion fuels love.

  • It is possible to learn how to love, despite not necessarily having the right role models for the type of love that you deserve.

     

On Practice

  • Every time you practice, you will feel different.

  • Intention for the practice affects the results

  • The perfect yoga pose is the pose where you're in. Not what they show in the photos. 

  • Practice always begins with starting where you are. Not waiting for things to happen.

  • Practice is always about being in the sweet spot in between "too much" and "not enough". Moderation is key.

  • Not everyone will understand what you're going through, and that is ok.

On trying new things

  • It's always an uphill battle until it's done.

  • Everyone makes time for the things that are truly important to them.

  • Ritualizing gratitude and forgiveness makes you more human.

  • This 2017, come back to the things that make you feel alive and in the "zone"