I’ve just returned from adventures in Ecuador over the last 4 weeks. It was a truly wonderful journey, especially my time in the Andes, which I had visited 20 years ago and was thrilled to return to. My old memories and photographs didn’t at all do it justice and I’m still basking in the immense and vast beauty that I was blessed to trek through over the last month.
During my travels, the topic of the US election came up often when meeting Americans, Ecuadorians, Europeans, etc. and everyone was very concerned, holding their own hard and fast opinions.
On the eve of what is being called by many the most divided of all US elections, (even though I am Canadian by birth and I’m actually not that up on American politics and history) I feel called to send out a message to my yoga communities to remind us all of what we can each do to rise above the divisiveness that this event may be causing, and how to bring light and love to ANY outcome. As yogis, this is our purpose: union within ourselves and for the happiness and freedom of ALL beings!
Here are some reminders that come to us from Patanjali’s Yoga sutras, a sacred text of yoga. Regardless of the election outcome tonight, these are valuable and enlightening guidelines for a better self and a better world that will serve us all moving forward.
To preserve openness of heart and calmness of mind, nurture these attitudes:
Kindness to those who are happy- The “winners”
Compassion for those who are less fortunate- The “losers”
Honor for those who embody noble qualities- Find the good in everyone
Equanimity to those whose actions oppose your values- Those who oppose your vote
Please share these truths with all your communities. They embody the only outcome that will encourage a healthy and empowered world. The rest is just drama.