I don’t know how it feels for you all, but I find life to be extremely complicated. Whether I am navigating the logistics of my everyday experience or when I step back to look at the challenges that we face on a global level, I often feel overwhelmed with what needs to be done.
In today’s world, it has become a common experience to feel overburdened in our over-scheduled daily lives. It has also become common to view the planetary issues as so complex that it seems it is impossible to find any real, viable, and lasting solutions. Collectively our inner imbalances create the complexity of our outer environment resulting in a numbing apathy within us that says, “what can I really do that will make any difference?”
I recently read an article by Daniel Goleman about the Dalai Lama on this topic. “…there are no instant fixes for issues that have built over centuries into our present predicaments. Solutions will unfold over generations, reinventing the future.
But we can start today toward a compassion revolution. Learn, plan and then act, the Dalai Lama tells us. Question givens and hidden assumptions, delve into the facts, and be flexible in response.
The Dalai Lama views the world’s problems through the lens that accentuates interconnections among us all, and between our many crises. Since the difficulties reach everywhere and everyone, some part of their remedy lies within the reach of any of us. And so each of us can take part in the solution.”
During the month of July, I am offering $20 off for you and a friend for The Story of Yoga Retreat II; The Path of Action, August 7th-9th. The focus of the retreat is to “learn, plan and then act” as the Dalai Lama suggests.
We will begin Friday at 4p with an afternoon practice to help you unwind and ground into the weekend. Saturday and Sunday will be your opportunity to dive deeper into your asana, pranayama and meditation practices. We will explore the contemplative aspects of yoga as a path of action while connecting with other lovely and like-minded yogis.