With all the upset in the “blue states” over Donald Trump winning the Presidential Election I have been asked to write an opinion about this in relation to Yoga.
As a general rule I try to stay out of politics mainly because I really do not trust politicians in general and I am so busy with my own life that my time lately has been very limited. I also have students that are in both parties and as a teacher I am aware that they both come to my studio to find peace. That cultivation of peace is my main focus when I teach.
As we are reminded in many teachings. This one’s influenced is from the Zohar but is also in just about all the other texts on spirituality.
When a man or woman wishes to be purified and strives for peace, the good Inclination that joined her/him overpowers the Evil Inclination and makes peace with it. As a result, the evil inclination becomes a slave to the good inclination.”
The more you focus on something the more it becomes your reality. Your anger is just that it is yours. When you feel the need to go out and protest by all means go out and do that. But when your anger consumes you and you start to destroy property and block traffic and effect the peace of many people that have nothing to do with the Federal government and their actions or decisions at that point you have to ask yourself what am I doing?
Am I now cultivating evil? Is this not the very thing that I am against?
Go within yourself and see the root of the disturbance. From the sanskrit sutra Yogas chitta vritti nrodha. Yoga is practiced to make the mind calm.
We are all in for a lot of change these days some good some bad but lets do our best to cultivate the good in ourselves and others. Try to instill a dialogue not an argument or a judgement because that will get you nowhere in your attempt to sway opinion.
When you practice Yoga you are cultivating peace under varied circumstances. These times may be a perfect time to really practice this.
“When I am peaceful the world around me is a little more peaceful.”