With the US Presidential election upon us our society had been deeply agitated, it has divided people and caused stress and unease in many otherwise calm people. Personally I have been deeply affected by this election, my first as a US citizen, I have been searching for a way forward both as a citizen and a yogi.
Living in Harmony may seem utopian for a modern diverse society such as the United States, however the great teachers of the East have stated over and over again that humanity’s destiny is to realize this lofty vision, eventually. For this to transpire we need personal commitment and courageous leadership.
What is missing in today’s society is effectively a spiritual revolution and a sense of underlying unity in our diversity. That may sound pie in the sky to some but Yoga philosophy provides a framework for us to move in that direction. So what on earth can we do to move things in the right direction.
Understanding Dharma – living in harmony through right action.
For every soul that evolves dharmically is akin to a vote placed for a more evolved society, one bound by principles of harmony and sustainability.
As developing yogis and spiritual seekers each one of us has a personal duty to fulfill our dharma, that is to live harmoniously with others, with nature and with the Divine. Our personal duty is to uplift our consciousness and purify our selves and in doing so this uplifts the collective consciousness, locally, nationally and globally. It is said there is a tipping point where enough individuals affect the collective to transform itself.
Support each other and find sanctuary in your local community, this can be healthy friendships that transcend politics and form small meditation groups with people you connect with. In the yoga tradition we call this satsang, a gathering of those committed to truth. In this way your collective energy acts like a shield to negativity and enhances your inner experiences.
For us at Eastside Yoga it is our hope that our space becomes a sanctuary as well as a practice studio. There is more to yoga than personal practice, there is fellowship love and support each step of the way.
Being a yogi and a seeker does not mean you turn your back on the world, quite the opposite many Yoga Masters have been outspoken about social change, we can stand up passionately for what we believe in yet have dispassion not to be so attached to our opinions and projection of those opinions onto others. There are five guiding principles for Yogis that fit well into election season.
The Yamas, restrain negative behavior.
- Non-Harming – in thought, word and action. State your opinion without insult
- Truthfulness – Search for the truth underlying political differences, we must re-cognize our actions and remove bias.
- Non-coveting – avoid trying to coerce others, the more you force, the more they resist.
- Non-attachment – see others point of view, they have their reasons.
- Resist selfish tendencies – consider things impersonally
Lastly, meditate on unity and celebrate diversity. 🙂
Many wise teachers have stated we go round and round in circles trying to force things intellectually and politically but that will not transform society. A spiritual revolution is needed, yoga gives us the tools for that to transpire one person at a time.
Thanks for reading, know I have my work to do on all of this , we have an uphill battle but one we have to undertake.
This Friday evening ESY holds its first Community practice and Potluck, a chance to have healthy food and healthy conversation with others.