This is not the first time I have come across a question like this. Throughout my education, I have answered this question many times, but have never felt fully satisfied with my answer. In the past, I have felt obligated to provide answers that include people like Rosa Parks, F.D.R, and Abraham Lincoln. While surely dinners with these individuals would be monumental, I feel obligated to pick someone who I feel more of a personal connection too.
So I did some research. I did not input specific individuals in my search bar, but rather searched for ‘mindful living’. Why? As I prepare to go abroad next semester, I have been having this feeling of time limitation. I want to breathe in and experience every single part of this semester as I can. Several names corresponding with this theme seemed to pop up, but Seane Corn, a master yogi stood out to me. Click here to see ten inspirational Yogis.
Corn is an individual who has found peace with her practice and has used her international spotlight to make changes in the world. Some of her activist activities include raising awareness about HIV/AIDs, specifically focusing on the affected youth, and underage prostitution. She also is the founder of an organization called, “Off the Mat, Into the World,” which utilizes yoga to inspire activism.
First, I would ask her how she got into Yoga. I recently have been dabbling with a couple classes here at Bucknell, and find that I feel un-winded and relaxed after each hour session. It gets me to look at my tasks in different lights and allows me to embrace different experiences that I may or may not have come across. I’m sure there is an interesting story there, as often times people use yoga as a coping method for several different personal troubles.
Next, I would seek advice on how to turn my inner passions not only into a career, but also use them to make positive changes in the world. Corn is someone who has practiced ‘mindful living’ and has made it a part of her daily lifestyle. I would ask her about her daily inspiration, and what aspects of yoga have opened her eyes to novel ideas and possibilities.
In the end, I believe that inspiration can come from all different realms of the world and different kinds of people. Some of these individuals have received great success prestige for their actions while others have flown underneath the radar. I would want to eat dinner with Seane Corn because her opinions have not been over-analyzed and assumed. She would offer a fresh perspective on the practice of mindful living, and would probably be humbled by the fact that I, a student in bumble-ville Pennsylvania, stumbled across her name.