This week in class we are considering Oneness.
Love, and do what you like.
- Saint Augustine
Learning to love in the way Saint Augustine is talking about is the most demanding, the most delightful, and the most daring of disciplines. It does not mean loving only two or three members of your family. It does not mean loving only those who share your views, read the same newspapers, or play the same sports. Love, as Jesus puts it, means blessing those that curse you, doing good to those that harm you.
Most of us do not begin by blessing those that curse us. That is graduate school. We start with first grade - being kind to people in our family when they get resentful. Eventually comes high school, where we learn to move closer to those who are trying to shut themselves off from us. College means returning good will for ill will. Finally, we enter graduate school. There we learn to give our love to all - to people of different races, countries, and religions, different outlooks and strata of society, without any sense of distinction or difference.
Words to Live By: Inspiration for Every Day – Eknath Easwaran
The homework is to consider that the practices of Yoga are centered around the idea of oneness. Oneness in the pose, oneness with our environment, oneness with each other, oneness with God. Learn for yourself how practicing the eight limbs of Yoga moves you towards a state of detachment and how that places you in a position to experience oneness. What would this experience of oneness be like?
Rushing Water Yoga
Serving Yoga to Camas, Washougal, and
since 2003 Vancouver Washington