When the shelter-in-place and quarantine mandates were implemented due to the COVID pandemic, I began offering Free BodyAwake Yoga sessions online to help people stabilize and ground the energies present during this uncertain and challenging time.
Recently this past week, as turbulent energies and upheaval are spreading across the United States, I’m even more dedicated to offering this sacred practice at a time when it’s needed more than ever.
In yoga, one often hears the phrase “Namaste” spoken at the beginning or end of each class. Namaste is a traditional Indian greeting, meaning, “The Divine Light in me recognizes and honors the Divine Light in you.” The term literally translates to “I bow to you.”
In this moment in time, I encourage the phrase “Namaste” to become an unspoken mantra in each of our hearts. Because I do see the Divine Light in You – in everyone and in everything taking place right now.
We can all see the Divine in Humanity… if we allow ourselves to.
The COVID pandemic of the past few months has brought a stillness that is calling us home to ourselves. In this same moment, there is also a stillness that is rising from within. In its wake, an uprising of everything unlike itself becomes obvious.
What we are seeing and experiencing right now in this moment of upset and upheaval, is humanity searching for this stillness rising.
As it does, now is the time to focus our collective intention and conversation on another yogic term, Ahimsa, or “non-violence.” For what is underneath violence is love, peace, understanding, fortitude and much more.
It’s the humble warrior. The one who brings love no matter what.
We must not succumb to the “movie” being projected outside of us, but instead realize that when the movie is reflecting pain, there’s a good reason for it.
And that pain must be met with LOVE. It cannot be met with more pain.
This, is the greatest task before us…
Given free will, what do we choose? What do we choose when we see unjust things happening? When we witness suppression and non-love?
Do we choose acting in a non-loving way in order to eradicate the non-loving actions of others? Doing that changes nothing.
To heal the lack of loving actions in this world, we must assert love, compassion, understanding and listening – and take actions in peaceful ways.
In the United States right now there is a great upheaval, because there has been a tremendous amount of injustice for too many years.
Those who have been suppressed are rising with all they know to do – with anger, fear, frustration. We want to invite everyone to RISE, and use that energy for passion, cultivate it and draw it upward – to reclaim it and use it as fuel for the fire of the highest good.
The heart is a blazing bonfire and we are here to throw everything we can onto it, so that the fire of Love blazes bigger. As that fire blazes bigger, it becomes a transmuting presence on the planet and we become leaders instead of frustrated and angry.
When we feel afraid, angry, or frustrated because we can’t control our environment the way we want to – it’s our moment to claim it back to our core and just come home to ourselves, being compassion and love. When we do, we provide a vibrational frequency out into the world that allows the world to sense and feel some kind of nurturing in the midst of the pain.
As we come together, we can create a transmuting quality that allows EQUALITY. That allows our mind and our heart to be of equal value, which allows the Soulful Self and the outer world to have a collaborative relationship of equanimity.
When this happens, the outer world does not roll us over and suppress us, and we do not try to push our way into it. Instead we transmute everything we encounter, both within ourselves and in the world around us.
This is our great task – one of coming home to ourselves and cultivating love. This is how we create peace within ourselves, and offer it to the world.
Join Panache Desai each weekday morning for support in reconnecting to the wellspring of calm and peace that lives within you and that has the power to counterbalance all of the fear, panic, and uncertainty that currently engulfs the world.
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