I saw a great quote today from Martin Luther King Jr: “Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.”
It would seem that those who love to fight, create conflict, and wage war have a special skill in organizing. They are masters at collecting people to their mission, engaging people in negative rhetoric, & setting fire to communications so it spreads wildly & rapidly. Perhaps because they themselves are so passionate, they spark dark emotions & transform benign words into malignant ideas that rile, enrage, and unify.
The word yoga comes from the sanskrit base “yuj.” This means to yoke or unify. We think of it as a unification of body, mind, and spirit or a yoking of an individual with the Divine. Oneness. And while these interpretations have created amazing growth & awareness in my life, it occurs to me that this may be a season for a broader view.
If our individual impact is truly greater when we are part of a whole versus a solitary force, then our yoga calls us to activate community. This is more than being part of or belonging to… activation implies mobilization of a shared vision. And I might argue that our yoga community shares a vision of peace, inner strength, and vitality.
Imagine if the chambers of Washington DC & the street corners of our inner cities were grounded in peace, inner strength, and vitality? Imagine if “yoga” was the path – a coming together, a union of unique and disparate views and beliefs committed to a better way?
Today, I may not have direct influence over the actions of those organized for adversity; however, I can take steps in my life to mobilize myself and my community to overpower ego-driven battles with heart-driven motives. Imagine if we all did just one thing today?