to help navigate uncertain times . . .
The title of our study for August Yoga Philosophy was “Preparing for a New Reality”. I offered this subject to help inspire a positive focus during the continued uncertainty of COVID and a divisive election year.
It is more important than ever for us to know “who we want to be” but, first, we must figure out “who we don’t want to be”. This practice of “doing no harm” (ahimsa) takes awareness, courage and letting go of the old wounds and patterns that serve no one. The most common patterns worth letting go of are not feeling good enough and needing approval (weak ego), and judging or needing to fix/change others and/or the world (strong ego).
On my walk in the woods, the red spotted newt affirmed this possibility for positive transformation, as we allow the old parts of ourselves (and of our collective culture) to fall away. The newt can regrow a new limb if one falls off! What might our new limbs look like? Try on these new limb thought patterns: Un-doing, Not doing, Being. How about “Let me see every person and event as an opportunity to become a better person myself, and surrender the rest”. You’ll be surprised how much more goodness you bring to the world this way!
With great love,
For further encouragement, please click on "continuing reading" to read the heartfelt wisdom from our Yoga Community, based on this month’s Yoga Philosophy Course discussion: