Now there is a title. Really, I just wanted to let you know that this entry is all about everything, and that everything is connected.
So, I went skiing on Saturday. Haven’t been in 3 years, and I admit that I was a bit concerned about my ability to stay upright on those skis. I was afraid of getting hurt (no time for that), and at not being as good as I used to be. And the good news is, the skiing was wonderful. It took a couple of runs, but I found my rhythm and I let go into the joy and beauty of the moment. I realized that I had let my attachments to the past and my fear of the future keep me from doing something I truly enjoy. I had also let the business of my life get in the way of my living of life.
On Sunday morning I was back at Village Green Yoga for my Sunday Salutations Class. This class combines yoga asana with philosophy and spirit. My day of skiing had left me neither sore nor tired. In fact, I was stronger and more revitalized than I had expected. Taking time off from my routine had restored my energy. I was reminded once again of the importance of staying present and living in the moment. And I was reminded that our connections to the divine are invigorated by our joyful participation in life. Class was amazing, and all of us were renewed and inspired by our practice together.
In the afternoon, I attended an Interfaith Gathering called Tending Adam’s Garden. Jews, Muslims, Christians and Buddhists came together to discuss what we can do together to help repair the world. This is a monthly meeting that brings members of different faith communities together to address the critical issues that are confronting our world today. At the heart of it, is the understanding that while our faith traditions may be different, our hopes and dreams for a life of full-fill-ment, wholeness and connectedness are shared. Here are just some of the responses that were given to the question “What are the essential qualities that are needed to repair the world?”:
- Open-heartedness, commitment, courage, education, self-awareness, recognition of our interconnectedness, respect for one another and ourselves, compassion, the willingness to listen, patience, belief in our capacity to do good, and a connection to the divine.
As I listened to the group discussion, I was brought back to yoga. Not only are all of these qualities identified in the 8-fold path, but many of them are also specifically identified in the yamas and the niyamas. And as I think about our practice of yoga, I am reminded that on the mat we are encouraged to practice with compassion, to study ourselves and the teachings, to listen with an open heart, to practice with ashimsa, and at times we need both courage and patience to find the next pose. And certainly we must practice with compassion. If all goes right, and we stay very present, we can’t help but feel our deep and abiding connection to the eternal divine wisdom that lives within all of us.
So, skiing, yoga and interfaith. It is all connected. Have a great week. Do something you love. Share it with someone who nurtures your spirit. Practice your yoga with an open hear, both on the mat and beyond. Look at the world and pitch in to make a bit better. And rejoice in our interconnectedness – with each other and the Divine.
Shalom & Namaste,