In our Yoga practice we are encouraged to “go within”…
Visualize our breath and alignment from within; focus on the third eye, Dristi from within…
All good instruction and reminders for our deeper practice.
But when there is so much happening around us, and far away from us and beyond us, shouldn’t we use these skills and tools to bring those experiences closer for our consideration ?
Just a few days ago, scientists all over the world noticed, recorded and thrilled to the amazing fact that a collision of two “dead” stars occurred in the universe around us! There was actually a recording of the collision, a SOUND heard and recorded on earth by devices that had been invented and installed to be able to record exactly that occurrence!!! Thousands of astro physicists, astronomers , theorists and scientific practitioners all over the globe were paying attention and were a part of this beyond thrilling event.
How many heard about it in the news? On TV? NPR touched on it; the NYTimes had a large and compelling report (which is where I learned about it)…but for “mainstream” American news junkies and just regular folks, this was hardly a blip on the radar…An example of how limited our knowledge and experience can be when we rely only on the most available and “popular” sources.
We can call upon our Yoga practice to help open our hearts and third eyes and minds when off the mat….ESPECIALLY off the mat. The change we want to see in the world truly begins with us, within us…the status quo or worse can happen too easily without us, and that would be a waste of the power we are learning to embrace and put to good use.
As we deepen our practice and the relationships we form through Simply Yoga, let’s not forget how wide we can spread our arms, our hearts and our energy to heal the planet and the communities in which we live. SW