Good ol’ Bob Dylan. He nailed it for us. Times for sure are changing and even more rapidly now. More than ever it becomes important to nurture ourselves so that we can be strong and steady through the acceleration. And yet with this strength and steadiness we also need to be flexible and open.
Yoga can help us contribute positively to this world. There are many, many wonderful things going on on this planet, but there sure are some that aren’t. There are ‘powers that be’ that simply don’t care. So it is crucial that we connect with our personal power and build on this with people power. Huge changes have been made over the past hundred years with sexism and racism challenged. Now inequality is especially being questioned as more truth is revealed about the greed and recklessness of the few. Our beautiful planet needs us to stand up as One.
And here is where Yoga gets really exciting. Long have the rishis, the sages, advised us that in essence we are all One. Our separate little selves are an illusion. Ultimately on a more subtle level we are one big mass of energy, each and every action we make will affect the whole. Each thought. Each belief. We all have a responsibility = a response ability.
Although yoga practice is a deeply personal experience it has a huge effect. As each one of us loves and respects ourselves more so we are able to open to being more compassionate to others. And the collective unconscious is nourished with a more positive intent. Spiritual leaders talk of a tipping point. Much like the hundredth monkey effect, where it took just a small number of monkeys to learn how to use a tool and then hundreds automatically ‘learnt’. Or where some blue tits learnt how to pierce milk bottle tops and the next day thousands over England were freely drinking on our doorsteps. The more of us that deliberately choose to look after ourselves, each other and our planet the better. And the more of us that do this deliberately, with intention, the more magnificent.
In 2018 each event I host will be aimed at helping people empower themselves but also at helping at a deeper, greater level. Earth warriors, with peace, we have work to do and play to get on with. United we stand. And sit. And lie down. And yoga.