There is much going on in this world that stems from wrong or confused thinking. That is why we need yoga. To process information and discover the TRUTH. That is what the yoga postures do; they open the body, and in turn open the mind.
Recently, someone told me they had been abused. This had happened in the past, and the authorities were pressing this person to prosecute. She thought it would be a big hassle to step forward. There might have even been some thoughts on her part such as, “Maybe I’m over reacting”, or “he said later that he was only kidding around.” The advise I gave her was simple. It is NEVER right to cause harm to anyone else, whether it be physical abuse or verbal abuse. She had to step forward. She had to be the one to stop this person from causing someone else harm in the future. By stepping forward, she would be the one to make a stand, and say, “This is not right”.
The yoga philosophy is very clear about this. We should step forward, speak up against untruths, injustices. But there is a catch. We don’t need to use anger ourselves, or bad mouth anyone else to get our point across. It is never right to put another person down either with our words, or actions. We should stand up with women or men who have been verbally abused or sexually harassed at work. We should stand up and speak against any racial discrimination we see in our society. We should treat the elderly just as special as a newborn baby. Every person is a treasure, a gift to the world and society. Using anger to get our point across will plant more bad seeds in our mind. Talking ill about another person’s mistakes will also do the same.
Lately, I’ve been really censoring what comes out of my mouth. It is not easy. I try to think about what I’m going to say, before I speak. Do my words uplift others, or do they cause harm? Even a slight criticism would hurt someone else. Pointing out the obvious might make someone else feel stupid. The more I refine my actions with my voice, it is easier to forgive others for their mistakes. This is something we all can and should work towards. Being kind. Loving others. Loving ourselves.
See you on the mat,