As I learn more about the path of yoga and become a part of the revitalization of sound and yoga, I am struck by the way many yogi’s and the yogic tradition have a flexibility that allows for new input of information and can include and actually add to the depth of other spiritual traditions while still maintaining the integrity and essence of the original teachings. In true reciprocity, they accept the limitations of their own tradition and remain open to growth and receiving from other traditions.
I have found this to be true in Buddhism as well as in the Andean traditions and it is part of the attraction for me. The Dalai Lama includes the scientific community too.
“If scientific analysis were, conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims.”
Even as a small girl, I saw how there could be strength in traditions coming together and learning from each other. I remember trying to imagine what our country would have become had the Europeans truly befriended the native people and had a sharing of our collective wisdom. In my opinion, it is beyond the beyond of what I could and even now can imagine. Yet, I continue to create this vision of cooperation, evolution, peace, harmony and integrity to the best of my ability.
In the midst of all the chaos and confusion around the world, we can all keep dreaming in order to create the kind of world in which we want to live. Just because it has always been this way does not mean we cannot evolve, learn and create something new. It starts within each of us as we love, honor and respect ourselves, while standing up to the bully, the naysayer and the doubter within. Yes, I know, easier said than done yet it can be done.
And it starts with our imagination and ripples out into words, poetry, art, dance, intentions and even mundane actions. Small dreams count as do small actions so celebrate every victory, even a moment of love for yourself or another that replaces a moment of judgement.
Keeping our attention on the world we want, while staying realistic and working with what is, including the connected world that others want, is what these traditions have been teaching me. It took a lot for me to be open enough to let go of some strong but inaccurate beliefs so I know it is possible even for the most stubborn of minds!So keep dancing or start dancing, singing, creating or whatever it is you do that brings joy to fuel the times that seem mundane, stagnant or downright impossible. Eventually we will come out the other side into a world of cooperation and peace. One we haven’t known recently, but may remember in some deep recesses of our being.
Let’s keep dreaming!