I just finished teaching my Yoga and Ayurveda workshop with a wonderful group of people that opened their hearts and contributed to some wonderful conversations. On our last week together we spoke about Anandamaya Kosha – The Bliss body. As we shared I realized just how important this teaching is in the world today more than ever.
If we look around today in the world, let alone in our own country, it seems that we have forgotten the fundamental teaching of Yoga that our true nature is bliss and peace. We have allowed external circumstance to dictate whether we are at peace or not. In other words, we are constantly seeking outside of ourselves to find it when it has been inside us all along. Does that mean we never experience anger or grief? Does that mean that we no longer get angry when we see injustices in the world? Does that mean we stand by and do nothing to create change? No.
I can only share what I feel personally. I understand that we all have our own journey in this life and the desire to find our own path. If I am to truly practice yoga in my daily life than I choose to practice peace. I choose to meditate daily on love and to come home to my true nature of bliss. Does this mean that I never feel other emotions like anger, frustration, sadness or grief? Of course not! I can allow myself those emotions AND I know that they are not me. They are not my essence. They are fleeting. I don’t get stuck in them.
What I do believe is taking action. That looks different to different people. For me, I choose to go within and work on myself. I choose to be the change as opposed to going “out there” to change anything. For others, it means being an activist and we need them too. File petitions, go to rallies, marches and protests. I am very comfortable knowing that that isn’t my role in this lifetime and greatly appreciate those who do. Both are needed.
What do you choose? What action do you find effective? Please feel free to share.
Om shanti, shanti, shanti