Hello Yoginis and Yogis!
We are a great Sangha... a great community across the whole Nation. We are like-minded souls who want peace and love to prevail. In this moment, we are shocked... we really thought this time we could have back to back democrats in office. We really thought we had a chance to push forward our more progressive ideas about Race, Sex, and the Environment.
We all know what we will do. We will keep trying. Have you ever been the type to quit? To build a wall? I doubt it...especially since you all love yoga so much. You love tearing down the walls. You know it's hard and painful and seemingly endless.... but you keep trying. You continue to look for new insight. New ways to move towards peace and love in your body, your mind, your work, your families, and with our Earth Mother.
The past 8 years and this election has taught this country so much. It has removed the veils from our eyes. The biggest veil is the belief that we can separate ourselves from others and simply be left alone in peace. Whether you live in the woods in Michigan or surrounded by millions of neighbors in the Bay Area.... We cannot keep building walls.
Why have I always trusted in Yoga? Because at its' core teaching - all unrest and confusion (Avidya) is caused by the belief that we are separate from anything else. My life mission is to constantly work towards connection and seeing the interdependence of all things and beings.
I know you are doing this as well. Please hold your hearts up high. Please take care of your bodies and stand in your steadiness as we keep pushing forward for what we know is the only conceivable future.
Maitreya is a bodhisattva (a person who is able to reach nirvana but delays doing so out of compassion in order to save suffering beings) who will appear on Earth in the future, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma. Many believe now that the Maitreya will not be just one person, but a whole community of beings. That's us. Yes, Let's be the Maitreya.
Hold your hearts up high!
I love you,