Yoga and the World
How can we just sit in lotus position when there’s several wars raging right now in the world, our nation is on “high alert” again, we’re gobbling oil faster than we’ll ever be able to replenish it and women and children’s lives are still at greatest danger in their own homes?
In the past 6 years of my graduate studies in San Francisco I have met many amazing individuals who have inspired many others in a strategy that can only be described as Spiritual Activism. That means that you do not have to abandon such spiritual beliefs as seeing goodness around you in order to enter the often painful public arena where injustice, violence, hatred and abuse may also exist.�
If anything, we need these beliefs more than ever so that we don’t despair and surrender to huge political forces that often act without our consent as citizens and compassionate human beings.
Sitting in lotus position allows us to step away from the frenzy of media coverage that produces a kind of blind reaction filled with more anger and hatred. Then, when are ready to reenter our duties in life, we know that our decisions to be activists, artists, parents, teachers and lovers arise from our own peaceful, and hopeful, hearts.