We won’t always know whose lives we touched and made better for our having cared, because actions can sometimes have unforeseen ramifications. What’s important is that you do care and you act.
If we treat people as they are, they will stay as they are. But if we treat them for what they might be, and might become, they will become those better selves.
Yesterday I just observed my son, Lars, by all accounts he is a truly amazing child with a quick wit and an open heart. I watched him interact with his brothers, grandma and close friends and was struck by his ability to truly connect with each person near him. As he laughed and played I realized that his relationship with each person was a deep connection filled with love and admiration. And I wondered, as I often do, how many of us connect that deeply with the people in our lives? Have past experiences, hurts, or pains hardened us to true intimacy? Are our friend’s privy to our innermost feelings, thoughts and desires? How well do we know our companions?
In a time of electronic communication, voice activated menus and drive through coffee shops are we missing opportunities to connect in soulful, meaningful, intimate ways? For today’s practice I encourage you to work with a partner, helping each other move deeper into a posture and let this serve as a metaphor for your life. Your presence in someone’s life a catalyst for change, for a deepening self awareness and a moment of deep connection that leaves you both more fully satisfied.
As you practice your yoga and become more connected with yourself, share this connection and allow a deepening of connectedness to others.