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January 24, 2017
I don’t generally talk about politics on my blog, however, it’s hard to look the other way when the past few months and especially the last few days have been such a pivotal time not just in American history, but world history. And, as a yogini and artist, I do believe these are the times when we should do our practices regularly, but also stand up, speak out and come together.
As a yogi I remind myself daily, “you are not the doer, merely a vessel for the divine to work through you”. These words have always provided me with perspective, faith, humility and a gentle nudge to let go of whatever was sitting heavy in my heart. Yet, since November, it’s been hard to fully wrap my “mind” around how universal morality of truth, compassion, generosity and peace was being pushed aside for dishonesty, greed, selfishness and deep-seated aggressions. At times I’ve felt like I was losing my faith in humanity.
Then this weekend happened.
A coming together of millions, standing together in peace, love, compassion and kindness. A large part of humanity saying we don’t want to live in a dark world, where fear rules and immorality dominates. Can you believe 3.5- 4 million Americans rallying together, without a single arrest or outburst of violence? It’s phenomenal.
As I’ve been reflecting on the past few days and what it all means, I see this outpouring of love as an example of yoga at it’s best. Patanjali, the father of the Yoga Sutras, explains that the very first limb that a yogi must learn are the Yamas that represent Universal Morality. Five basic characteristics that remind us that our fundamental human nature is that of compassion, generosity, honesty and peacefulness. Which, if tended to, purifies human nature and contributes to the health and happiness of society.
The yamas are broken down into these five characteristics:
We’ve definitely seen the opposite of these tenants being acted upon by tyrants that have wreaked havoc in large and small countries. But, we’ve also seen them put into action by visionary activists and leaders, like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.. Proving that deep shifts can take place when compassion, generosity, honesty and peacefulness are the instruments that people choose to break walls down with, rather than weapons that inflict pain, create divisions and ultimately cause destruction.
Whatever lies ahead, I know “the road will be long”, but I am hopeful and inspired knowing that the Womens March and other sister organizations are following suit of these great leaders and being a beacon of hope and light. Because as Dr. King so beautifully said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”.
With lots of love,
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