This week in class we are exploring "becoming small forces for Peace wherever we go".
And then there crept a little noiseless noise among the
Born of the very sigh that silence heaves.
- John Keats
Today I was walking with some friends in
and I was astonished at those trees. The more I looked at them, the more I came
to appreciate them. It was completely still, unlike our tropical forests in Armstrong
Redwoods Park India, where
elephants trumpet, tigers roar, and there is a constant symphony of sound.
Here everything was still, and I enjoyed the silence so much that I remembered these lines of John Keats. It is a perfect simile for the silence of the mind, when all personal conflicts are resolved, when all selfish desires come to rest. All of us are looking for this absolute peace, this inward, healing silence in the redwood forest of the mind. When we find it, we will become small forces for peace wherever we go.
Words to Live By: Inspiration for Every Day – Eknath Easwaran
The homework is to consider why you have taken up the practices of Yoga and how doing so can help cultivate becoming small forces for Peace wherever you go.
Rushing Water Yoga
Serving Yoga to Camas, Washougal, and
since 2003 Vancouver Washington