I read the following passage from How Yoga Works by Geshe Michael Roach to my students this morning which is so relevant to the current divide in our country and around the world. This deep divide painfully saddens me and exists even within our own families and close circuit of friends. How many times have we excluded someone from a group because of their race, social status or religious affiliation? I remember my mother sharing with me that some of the family members did not attend my parents wedding because it was an interfaith marriage. Although she suffered her own personal prejudice in this situation, ironically she herself took offense to same gender unions. Kindness and acceptance starts within our own families. What are we teaching our children? Are we teaching our children to only play with those children within the same socioeconomic community, or do we encourage acceptance of all communities? Are we threatened with envy to those people with more money and a "higher status" or can we see that we are all One in the same? I am so grateful to the yoga teachings that continually celebrate our "Oneness".
Reflect on the beautiful passage below....