The Power of Romance

In the October 2009 issue of the Yoga Journal, there’s an article by Sally Kempton called “It’s All in Your Mind.” It’s about seeing our imagination as a powerful and creative tool that can transform your life (something all writers know ;-).

Down at the bottom of page 63, she has the following paragraph:

Even an escapist fantasy can be life transforming: In her memoir, Infidel, the Somalian-born women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali describes how her journey beyond Islamic fundamentalism began when, as a schoolgirl, she read Harlequin romances and for the first time began to fantasize about the possibility that a young woman could live a life not determined by her family and clan, and by the strictures of religion. Years later, escaping from an estranged marriage, she sought asylum in Holland. There, despite bad academic test scores, she fantasized about studying political science at a university–and she did.

Of course, you have to follow imagination with practical steps as Ali did, but first you have to have the dream. It is better to try and fail than never to try at all. Be prepared: something wonderful may just well happen to you.

The wonderful t-shirt with Ganesha above comes from a wonderful organization called Street Yoga. They bring the power and discipline of yoga to homeless and disadvantaged young people learn mindfulness and wellness. Buy a t-shirt and support their work while you look fabulous!


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