Saturday, January 15, 2011

Yoga sets for prisoners free - a crazy wonderful misfit idea

"Prisoners in a prison in Madhya Pradeh, India, were offered reduced sentences for attending yoga classes because authorities believed the lessons would improve their self-control and lessen aggression. For every three months they practiced salutes to the sun, deep breathing and balance postures, they received 15 days off their sentences." (The Week)

I love this idea, and it´s so fresh and in line with time. Very impressed by the people who dared to introduce the program! I find it hard to see Julia Gillard suggest something similar in Australia; I believe too many will find the idea flippant. But the silly, unexpected ideas are often creating revolutions. 

Remember the wonderful lines of Jack Kerouac:

Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels.The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently.
They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things.

They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that's never been written?
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.

While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world, are the ones who do.

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