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Last night, I spent a good 45 minutes doing yoga (beyond the 90 minute class) in preparation for regionals. Yes, I got to watch Captain Kirk have another sexy adventure. This time someone made a robot duplicate of Kirk. For some reason, you have to be nearly naked to have a robot duplicate made of you. The scientist making the robots didn’t explain why you had to take off your clothes. Maybe he didn’t want to bore us with the details. Who cares why Captain Kirk isn’t wearing pants?! Let’s just enjoy it. And why is the real Kirk kissing the sexy robot that he knows is a robot? Oh – so many philosophical questions raised by Star Trek.
Watching Star Trek is very important to my yoga practice. Would you believe I could do all the yoga I set out to do AND I was able to follow the story line AND see Kirk mostly naked? You would? Yeah – it’s not that hard to believe.
But watch Kirk closely, and you will learn something. No matter how difficult the situation is getting Kirk keeps focused and cool. For example, recently I saw an episode where Kirk’s men got stranded on a planet that got down to something like 100 degrees below zero at night. All they had was something that looked like a tarp, and for some reason they did not die. The transporter was screwed up. Did Kirk panic? No. Did he freak out? No. Well, he couldn’t freak out because the transporter had made a duplicate Kirk that was really his “evil” side. So that duplicate did all the freaking out. Man – I am really getting into this. Also, what’s up with the constant duplicating of Kirk?
Back to my point.
Kirk stays focused, calm, and collected. This is exactly what we want to do in our practice and, I think, in our lives. In facing difficulties, like how to handle having a robot made of you, you want to deal with the situation as reasonably as possible. In the case of the duplicate robot, Kirk had to accept that the evil scientist was making the robot. Nothing he could do about that. He was a prisoner. So then it became about how he dealt with his new reality and went forward. He made decisions that ultimately led to the destruction of all the evil robots and the mad scientist and saved all the people (except for the two red shirts who were destined to die anyways).
From all this, I ask:
– How do we deal with our lives, particularly with things that are out of our control?
– How do our lives influence those around us?
– How do we respond to the challenges we find in our practice?
– How should we respond to sexy robots? Is it ok to kiss them? Will we be electocuted in real life?