I hope this post finds you well. I send you so much love.
The horrifying death of George Floyd, the important protests and unsurprising escalation of violence are lessons for all of us. We share pain. We share anger. We share grief. And when we don’t honor the presence of these emotions, or when we feel unseen in our pain, the expression of them can be overwhelming.
We are meant to learn from our emotions. And we can never ask anyone else to do the emotional work that we haven’t. So I share with you my experience.
I sit with my rage. It burns in my belly and tightens my heart. I invite it in. I say, ‘you are a welcome guest, free to settle in me.’ It hurts. It reminds me of the pain I’ve caused and the pain I’ve suffered. I see so many memories. I make space for them all and listen to them. One by one. I cry. I give them the home they need in me. These are the sources of wisdom in my life. I ask to learn what remains for me to learn. There is so much. And then I remember that I’m never alone in my suffering. And when I breathe out, I imagine the faces of those I love. So many beautiful faces! I feel this love and share it on my exhale with everyone who also feels anger. I do my best to offer the softening relief of love. I imagine it carries around the whole world. I imagine the love moving gracefully with the clouds, gently embracing us all.
Over the last 5 days, I’ve been doing this practice again and again. For five minutes, 20 minutes, a half hour. Many times a day. Whenever I feel the fire rise in me. I do whatever it takes for me to move into the place where I’m not pretending to be at peace but am feeling calm enough to share my love peacefully. The anger continues to teach me. It evolves into sadness. And this too issues its painful prick. So I invite it in. I give it space and listen to the memories and lessons. And then I breathe out my love. I pray you feel it.
In this life, I’ve been fortunate that my skin color has not been an origin of my hardship. It has, however, offered challenges to many who I love, respect and serve. I do my best to stand in peace with these friends, colleagues, and students, empowered by the wisdom of my own suffering so I can share my strength with them. I do my best to ask questions and listen to answers I could not know from my experience. I do my best to honor the lives of men and women who know different hardships and similar suffering. I do my best to stand in peace so my friends feel safe and supported as they invite their own emotions home.
This week, I invite you to practice yoga with me. I’d like to move and breathe with you. I’d like to pray with you. Let’s be together so we can invite our emotions home. They have so much to teach us. The wisdom lives in them before it can thrive in us and be shared.
It’s time for us to learn together. Please join me for practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 throughout June. I’ve moved to Zoom and the link will be the same, weekly.
Yoga for Us.
Time: Jun 2, 2020 04:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Tue, Thu, until Jun 30, 2020
Jun 2, 2020 04:30 PM
Jun 4, 2020 04:30 PM
Jun 9, 2020 04:30 PM
Jun 11, 2020 04:30 PM
Jun 16, 2020 04:30 PM
Jun 18, 2020 04:30 PM
Jun 23, 2020 04:30 PM
Jun 25, 2020 04:30 PM
Jun 30, 2020 04:30 PM
Meeting ID: 812 3376 3133
I’m so grateful for you in my life. Please feel welcome to reach out if you’d like a friend around, if you’d like to breathe together, take a mindful walk or just share some jokes. Please be thoughtful about the amount of media you consume. Please eat wisely.
I love you.