“Whatever you are physically...male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy--all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.” - Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
Who'd a thunk we'd make it this far?
Who could have predicted that this year would bring the things it's brought: that the world would implode around us, that society as we've known it would begin to crack, that everything we thought we held dear is threatening to fall to the wayside.
And we're only halfway through.
I can't tell you what we will face in the next 6 months, but I can tell you this.
Everything that we are doing now is connected to everything that we've ever done.
Black Lives Matter exists because the founders of the USA didn't hold that to be true and our history has continued to perpetrate that belief.
Coronavirus has existed for ages, and mostly doesn't affect us. But the destruction of ecosystems, the close proximity, handling, and butchering of infected animals, and the greed of capitalism threatens to destroy us.
Wars are still being waged, the gap between rich and poor grows wider, our world has become small and accessible due to globalization, but some find the beauty of the melting pot something to fear.
I don't have answers. I do have thoughts.
In yogic philosophy, there are the concepts of Brahman and Atman.
Brahman is the ocean, the sea of universal intelligence, Source, Spirit, Universe. The creative principle which lies realized in the whole world.
Atman is the drop of the ocean, the soul, the self.
Everything that is Brahman is contained also within Atman.
Atman is us, our soul residing in this human body.
We are complete within our little drop, as we contain all that ever was and all that ever will be within us. And when we cease to exist, our drop goes home to Brahman, melding seamlessly into the ocean once more.
We hold all that is possible within us.
That is what we are. Possibility.
And how we run with that, the choices that we make, the steps that we take, and the beliefs that we fight for put us along one path or another.
I'm not here to tell you what path to take. We are each on our own journey.
But I am here to supply the support of the yoga practice.
So this week's free class will move you gracefully from strength to rest, and is one you can practice time and again when you need to replenish your stores and build up the resilience to keep coming back.
Whatever you're fighting for, let it be founded in love.
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti