Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Practice for Boston

My prayers go out to those who were effected by the act of terrorism at the Boston Marathon.

The goal of terrorism is to change the way we go about our daily lives. It wants us to live in fear of "What if..."  It want us to be angry to the point of prejudice against a group (religion, nationality, race, etc.) so that violence and suspicion are perpetuated.

When we give in to fear and anger, terrorism has won.

When we focus and speculate on who and why,  rather than on supporting the people effected, terrorism has won.

One of the best ways that those of us with a yoga practice can offer support to the people of Boston is by continuing our practice.

Our practice helps us to recognize when we are veering into thoughts of fear and anger, and gives us the tools to change those thought patterns.

We quiet fear and anger by focusing on compassion and love.

Just as Pattabhi Jois showed his love for the people of NYC when he held practice as scheduled in Manhattan on 12 September 2001, let's show our love and compassion for the people of Boston by continuing our practice.

Boston needs our love and compassion, not our fear and anger. 

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