“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi
This month has been such a powerful time of self-reflection, hard work and difficult decision making. I'm excited, exhausted, angry, afraid, frustrated . . . you name it, I have probably felt it over the past month. Perhaps you can relate. What an opportunity for growth this month has provided for me, then, each time I step on to my yoga mat.
Just as we as humans act as a mirror for the world around us, as Gandhi said, so too does our yoga mat act as a mirror of our own reflection. It allows us the opportunity to observe our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as they are happening, rather than be sucked in my them. We choose what to give power to. We choose to let go of what is no longer serving. But in order to do the work, we first have to show up.
It might not be in the form of asana, but perhaps meditation, prayer or some other practice allows you to mindfully observe your own inner workings. I shared with you last month about how I was awoken to my own difficulty with letting go of things that are no longer meant for me, through the practice of meditation.
Just as our yoga mat serves as our own personal mirror, so too does the world outside of us. It is so easy to lay blame on the shortcomings of others, but we cannot expect change if we are not willing to show up and do the work ourselves.
Heather Hayer certainly paid the ultimate price for standing in her truth. She didn't sit on the sidelines waiting for someone else to right the wrongs she perceived in the world. Heather might have been angry, maybe even afraid, but she didn't back down. She chose to show up. I hope that she can serve as a reminder to all of us to have more courage than fear in our actions, and more love than hate in our hearts.
I hope that you'll share with me what you have learned from your own yoga practice, and how you are showing up, so I can cheer you on.