a message to our global community
I would like to acknowledge this moment in time and space that we, as a global community, are standing in. Like many others, I find myself baffled by the rapid movement of this virus around the planet, the reactions to it by the masses and the unfolding repercussions to those reactions. At the same time, I find myself in awe of the opportunity we are all being offered right now, as a collective. For the first time in human history, we find ourselves united, with a single pointed focus. This is yoga.
Yoga is union. Yoga is connection. Yoga is presence. Yoga is remembrance. From my perspective, I see this moment of Collective Vulnerability as the Invitation of a Lifetime. In the midst of this outbreak and the resulting panic around it, most of us our finding ourselves falling into fear. Whether we find ourselves in fear of the virus or of our economic vulnerability or of other peoples’ erratic behavior in response to the outbreak, it is still the same energy. Fear. And it is a gift, if we choose to hold it as one.
In the moment we start to take a little peek into our fear, rather than turn away from it, we shift the tides of energy. If we can agree to do this individually, and in turn, as a collective, we will find ourselves in the midst of a massive paradigm shift. We have been running from fear since time immemorial. We are ready now, mature enough, to turn around and look into its eyes. To look into it, to be present with it, and to hold it in our hearts.
In the past, our human scope was limited, our individual worlds were smaller, our access to information was minimal. This is not the case now. A good portion of humans on this planet have the ability to access information on the current state of affairs, in virtually any given location on the planet, in any given moment.
We are living in a new age, and it is time to acknowledge the tools that we have at our fingertips. We have the ability to disseminate information around the globe, in the literal blink of an eye. Right now, each one of us can use our various streams of communication to reach out to our respective circles and in turn, to humanity at large, inviting our sisters and brothers to move into their hearts and to act with compassion. We can invite and hold space for each other to look into our fears and breathe into them until they are dissolved by the power of our presence.
This Is How Yoga Works.
We are being invited to liberate ourselves from our tendencies to grasp on to what we deem as good or desirable and to push away what seems bad or undesirable. We are being invited to rest in equanimity, to rest in presence, to rest in grace.
We all want to know that we are going to be okay. We all want to know that we are going to be safe and that everything isn’t going to fall apart. This is not the time to point the finger, to blame, to ridicule, to shame. This is the time to go within. This is time to connect with our hearts and take care of each other.
We Can Live this Now.
We have collectively spent countless hours on our yoga mats and meditation cushions, in prayer and contemplation, communing with nature, in our churches, mosques and temples. Countless hours we have dedicated to coming home to ourselves. Countless hours we have spent moving towards and into love. This is the moment to live it, in real time. Use this opportunity to open your heart, breathe into your contractions and expand into compassion, kindness, love. We are not nearly as small as we perceive ourselves to be, and when we act as a collective, our resonance increases exponentially.
If you are new to our community, welcome. To those of you who are already part of the Nest, thank you for your presence, love and support.
Sara and the Nest family
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