And a yoga retreat/campus center to boot. Since yoga is derived from Hinduism and Buddhism, I have learned some of the tenets of yoga. One is an empty mind. Yes, the goal is to have no mind. Siddhartha Gautama, also known as the Buddha, described the mind as a drunken monkey bitten by a scorpion tied up in a hemp bag. Memories from long ago, shots of memories from 5 seconds ago. Angst about the future. Worries about what you don’t have, what you haven’t done, what you might lose if….all swirling around in a blob of evanescent organic matter called your mind. Everything you are is created right in there.
Hans Costorp had originally intended to stay here three weeks. He was a patient man by nature who could spend long hours doing nothing in particular and loved his leisure time, with no work, no other amusements, no numbing activity to demolish, banish or overwhelm it.
“I will not attempt to gloss over the specific forms of life’s natural cruelty takes in your society, Ted. What was the term you used most kind sir...detached? Fine, but what does that really mean? That means hard, cold. And what does hard and cold mean? It means cruel. The air in the mainland is cruel, ruthless. And within a year here, at the most, one will never be able to take hold of any other sort of life, but will find any other life cruel-or better, flawed and ignorant. You have to have lived here to know how things really are.”
Hans Costorp exhaled and returned to his favorite topic:
Hans Costorp let meander through his mind the idea of Joseph with 15 minutes with nothing to do.