By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
BASN Classic BlackBox: Ricky Williams’ Inner Peace
Last Updated:March 02, 2007 RICKY WILLIAMS’
INNER PEACE ” I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW ”
Ricky Williams is back
Sort of back anyway
Back in the USA for sure. At the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm In Grass Valley (YES Grass Valley) California. OM . Ever been there ? Ricky is there very full time these days teaching and studying Yoga and meditation and spiritualism and positivism. OM . Back from detention in Canada playing football in the Canadian Football League for failing his drug test until he broke his leg anyway.
Now Ricky is healed
body and soul in
We thought Ricky deserved another Box. He’s a regular here and it’s been more than 6 months since his last visit here. Don’t worry we made him take a urine test before we let him in. He’s clean. Although we’re still waiting for the official results from some very inexpensive lab we found on the Web in Outer Mongolia.
Here at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley life is beautiful. All the time every day. That’s why we too are here with Ricky. OM . In Grass Valley in California where it is always sunny even if it vibrates some times.
So here’s the Deal
You’ll be glad to know Ricky is doing fine. Looking fine. OM .
Apparently we aren’t the only ones who asked Ricky to take a urine test. OM . He tells us some guy in dark glasses from the NFL drug testing lab shows up 2 or 3 times every week to get a urine sample from Ricky here in Grass Valley. OM . Ricky says he does not mind he is at peace with the Universe and his urine.
And soon very soon Ricky will be signing a Petition. NO not a petition to legalize marijuana or glowing mushrooms but a petition to the NFL to let him play in the League again in 2007 after his 4 drug test failures.
Ricky does not actually live at the Farm. We’re staying there while visiting him but Ricky bought himself a nice house less than a mile away so he can walk to the Farm back and forth every day. No carbon credits needed. He lives there with his companion Kristen as in Hare Kristen and their two all American children Prince (named after you know who) and their new bundle Asha. OM .
Now it’s about time you hear from Ricky himself
we’re sitting with him here under a Buddha Tree
where he talked about his former marijuana use
“One of my biggest problems is that I’m always so influenced by what other people are thinking about me. When I smoked, I would achieve some kind of peace, regardless of what people around me were thinking about me. I came here and I was able to manufacture that kind of peace without having to use any kind of substance ”
“Here, we don’t talk about social anxiety, about things being clinical. We see that it’s much deeper than that, it comes from identifying yourself with the wrong thing. If you identify yourself as a great football player, anytime anyone challenges that, you’re going to have some kind of problem.”
“The reason I was smoking was to find that place of clarity. When I realized I could get it through this yoga, a light went on. Because it was a habit of mine for a couple of years, the thought does come back into my mind. Fortunately for me, the thought that comes right behind it is that there’s a better way.”
Now here is the real good news
almost an exclusive in the Box
Ricky Williams as a result of his years of Yoga now realizes his Purpose. He sees his football career as nothing more than a tool he has been given by the Universe itself so he he might be the focus of people’s attention and doing so use football as his “pulpit” to use his life and himself as a temple from which to teach by what he says and what he does the value the benefits the meaning of Yoga. OM .
For those of you who are Cynical don’t be. Maybe you’ve been watching too much football and other Sports rather than practicing Yoga yourself. Yoga has been around forever. A lot longer than football and yoga will outlive football. Well maybe it might. In any case it can do much more for you. OM .
Here is Ricky again ….
“I think I’m in a perfect place to help spread news of one of the ways to find happiness. If I can take what I’ve learned and somehow be able to efficiently, consistently express it through a whole football season, it says a lot for me and where I’ve come from, and it says a lot about the teaching. I think a good teacher has to be a good practitioner of what he’s teaching, and I think this is a great opportunity for me to see how far I’ve come.”
Back in the real world of NFL football Ricky Williams does not only expect yoga to give him an edge over all the carnivores in football uniforms and helmets looking to rip him apart every time he carries the ball. Now Ricky even has more on his side he has recently become a Vegetarian. OM .
Over a lunch of grilled tofu Ricky’s face glowed he radiated peace and joy the earth was at One with us the gentle breezes swayed through the trees singing to us and the aromatic scent of perfumed incense caressing us.
Then Ricky excused himself
and said good bye to us
the guy from the NFL
was back here at the Farm
for another urine sample
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