Sandy's Yoga Blog
Lately I've been struggling with the concepts of practicing non-judging and acceptance as it applies to our upcoming elections. I've found myself getting angry, fearful, worried, and very judgmental -- qualities that aren't exactly yogic. So I dedicated Sunday morning to figuring out how to apply yogic principals to our political situation, and I'm sharing this with you because the process can be helpful in all aspects of our lives -- not just politics.
First I pondered this question while I was doing my morning rounds of agni sara and kapalabhati breathing. I was looking out the window while practicing, and I noticed a flash of brilliant blue. It was a magnificent Blue Jay. He was almost purple, and looked very grand with his black and white face paint. He was nebbing around the bushes and stopping often to listen to the other birds. I realized that no matter who the president is, he will continue to go on with his Blue-Jay business. He will be his magnificent self regardless. And likewise, we can be our best selves and live according to our values regardless of our circumstances. As the Buddha said, we can make a light of ourselves. This realization helped me a lot, but I still had questions. After all, the Blue Jay will not have to pay taxes or send his kids to war. So I sat down on my cushion to meditate on it. I do this whenever I need clarification, whenever I am struggling with a decision. Here's my process:
Now that I've been home for almost two weeks, I'm ready to write about my experience at Kripalu. My 9 days there was like going home to an old friend -- and that old friend was me! I got to spend quality time with myself without any interruptions, without other people's expectations of me, without the labels of mother, wife, and teacher. It was wonderful to go inside and connect deeply with Spirit and deeply with others. Being surrounded by incredible people who want to help others and change the world was inspiring. Meeting people from all walks of life was eye-opening and confirmed that despite our differences, we truly are one.
Spending most of my time practicing yoga, meditation, or some other inner work allowed me to go to much deeper levels and experience the immense magnificence that we are, and this is something that I want everyone to know and experience for themselves: We are capable of so much more than we can imagine. Underneath all the busyness, insecurities, and conditioned thinking we are radiant, beautiful creatures -- magical creatures. We are limitless. Despite the way things may appear, there is really magic and beauty to be found everywhere. Going deeply into yoga can help us to break through the limitations that we've put on ourselves and we can tap into our inner knowledge and creativity. We can transform ourselves and live a more vibrant, more awake and aware life. We can drink up the joy in life and be OK with the not-so-joyous parts.