As a Yogi I spend a substantial amount of time working on myself to tame my own inner demons, my own inner turmoil and my own inner rages. But saying that, I can not sit still and be quiet on certain injustices and abhorrent truths around us in our society. How much of our problems in this society is actually drug related. I am here to say maybe ALL?????
Everything around us is designed to distract us from what has become an unspoken truth. I can not speak for anyone else but my own life has been absolutely pained and disintegrated at times by a loved one who is addicted and I can speak for probably 75% of people that I come into contact with who also have a loved one or friend who has died or hurt themselves and their own families from drugs.
When Covid came down, I was more horrified by how swift and efficiently the government was capable and able to shut a country down, to totally STOP the bus so to speak than the actuality of a virus. It was the first time in my life I saw how powerful the government actually was. And an underlying truth hit every cell of my being. A question. WHY ARE THE DRUGS SO RAMPANT? How broken is our structure to not see this and to not solve it? Why do our very own politicians and government avoid speaking of heroin and how many of our children and our youth died because of the availability of such a deadly poison that has ruined our environments and perpetually stimulated violence, anger, death. How many of our now drug dealers will be future politicians because of their tax free wealth that they are accumulating? Why is so much money spent one a drug war that DOESN’T WORK? Hasn’t drugs been a deadlier virus than Covid? Haven’t enough of our families been destroyed and our young people annihilated in addiction? WHERE IS THEIR PROTECTION? The fabric of our society should be based in taking care of each other, not in power, not in influence, and not in abuse. Not one person is better than another, and this is the entire problem. Whether it is politicians, or police, or celebrity, we have began to find that some populations are placed on pedestals and have more opportunity than others? Why? Why is there a lack of love and care for one another? How can we call ourselves the best country in the world when we live in a country that is unsafe because drugs has threaded its ugly head through every corner and fabric of the American Quilt?
The rage sets in, and I know at the heart of it all, I can speak my truth and then I must, in the name of sanity, LET IT GO.
If I believe the philosophy of Yoga, truly believe it in every cell of my being, then I must know on the deepest level that there is something happening. A higher intelligence at work here inside and outside of the game. When I allow myself too resonate to this level I begin to feel that all is well once again. I keep myself closest to this vibration. Because in this society, when you speak your truths, there is always an opposing voice on the other side, no matter what you feel or see that is truth. In Yoga its all about getting away from the duality and into the stillness. Eckhart Tolle says in his book The Power of Now, that all structures eventually fall, and I understand this now. This is why in Yoga we grow ourselves outward with love and compassion. Because opinions, no matter how honest or true they seem always have that duality. The closer we stay to the light, we better off we are, and I can say this from experience. The closer I stay to these practices the easier I cruise through life no matter what is happening externally, and this is the reason that i come back to them time and time again, over and over and over. At the heart of it all, at the heart of every single day of mine, the Practice is everything. The prayers, the meditations, the Asana is my Truth.
I received a book this week through the mail. A precious sweet gift from a friend. The Essential Rumi, who happens to be my favorite Poet. Holding the book in my hand brought me back to the precious moment where nothing resides but the love we feel in our heart. These words jumped out to me as I opened the book instantly to a page…..(i like to do this to allow the universe to give me signs, words and signals to bring me back to spirit)
“The universe came into being gradually over six days. God could have just commanded BE.
Little by little a person reaches forty and fifty and sixty, and feels more complete. God could have thrown full blown prophets flying through the cosmos in and instant.
Jesus said one word, and a dead man sat up, but creation usually unfolds, like calm breakers.
Constant, slow movement teaches us to keep working like a small creek that stays clear, that doesn’t stagnate, but finds a way through numerous details, deliberately.”
And all, once again, is well.