Today, June 21, 2016, we celebrate the third annual “International Day Of Yoga”. As the world celebrates the transformative powers that yoga has on the individual and collective consciousness, we are reminded how fortunate we are to have the freedom to practice yoga – in all its varieties & manifestations in order to improve our lives – to live as the healthy, happy, holy beings we were meant to be.
Yoga is a practice that invites us to look inside at all that lives within us – it invites us to love, honor & cherish both the light & the darkness. Yoga shines the light of awareness on all the places that are calling upon to be healed, so that we may continue to learn, to grow, to evolve in this lifetime and beyond.
Yoga invites us to walk fearlessly through change, knowing that we have within us the power to create miracles – we have within us the power to create real, lasting change both internally and externally. Yoga invites us open our hearts and love ourselves and the world – whether we like what we see or not – because it reminds us that we cannot have light without the darkness. Yoga reminds us that balance and flexibility are characteristics that we can cultivate spiritually, emotionally AND physically.
As the Spirit Voyage Family celebrates this important day at Guru Ram Das Puri for the 3HO Summer Solstice Sadhana this year, we are reflecting on what yoga means to us and how it has transformed our own lives. As many of you know, the sutra for 2016 is “Understand through compassion, or you will misunderstand the times.” Throughout the last 4 days, we have had many opportunities to practice compassion and to witness compassion, and we give thanks for each and every moment. This Summer Solstice Sadhana reminds us LIVE our yoga practice.
It’s not enough to practice yoga on your mat every morning. We are being called to live our yoga in every second of every day. We are called upon to be lighthouses in this world – we have been asked to elevate every single person we come into contact with. To live each day with love & compassion in our hearts for everyone – no matter their spiritual beliefs, yogic beliefs, race, gender, lifestyle or any affiliation that agrees with our own or not. We’re reminded that “If you can’t see God in all, you can’t see God at all.” It has never been more important to remember those words than in this very moment.
Part of seeing God in all is seeing the divinity within yourself. Unless we love ourselves and honor the miracle that we are, we do not have the bandwidth to love and honor others.
Enough of the hate and jealousy, enough of making people who do not agree with us the “others”, enough of looking our noses down at people who hold beliefs that are different from ours – whatever they may be. Take your yoga off the mat…love yourself….love each other…love this earth and every being that resides here.
See the perfection in every moment – and realize that even when things seem the hardest, we are being broken open in order to create space to experience something completely new and even more magnificent than we could have imagined possible. Allow the miracles to flow into your life. Surrender and accept all that is – with love and grace – and witness the impact of moving through life in this manner.
It’s not always easy to live your yoga. It’s easier to fall into old habits and patterns. It’s easier to judge than to love because loving leaves us exposed and vulnerable. But when we acknowledge the perfection in every moment, being vulnerable does not seem quite so scary. So be brave. Be the lighthouse. Be the forklift. Be kind. Love yourself. Love your neighbor. Love this life. Live your yoga.
Sat Nam. Namaste. Hari Krishna. Praise God. Thank you Jesus. Praise Allah, Jehovah, Rama, Sa Ta Na Ma. Love, love, love, and love some more. Wahe Guru.