In case you’ve missed it, over the last several years a young man, who goes by the title Kid President, has been doing his part to inspire us, as a single global community, to do better. This morning I watched one of his many videos and his message was clear, we can do better and we will simply by choosing better. The video reaffirmed for me the quote we sent out with our Saturday doodle this past weekend; “Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and to endure what cannot be cured.” – B.K.S. Iyengar
Powerful, isn’t it? Iyengar’s statement is supremely profound in its simplicity; change the things which are in our power to change, and accept the things for which change must unfold naturally and over time. First, (of course it’s first – he put it at the beginning, didn’t he) we have a duty to correct the mistakes of the World. This does not mean that we only atone for the offenses which we have personally committed, but that because we are One we must also atone for the offenses committed by our brethren. It isn’t just about creating a safe space, that builds a path towards the set it and forget it model. Instead, we must actively work to remove h*te from our hearts and the hearts of others.
This might be the biggest problem with our World. When we let h*te go unchecked because we believe it to be a small problem which is slowly, but surely dying out then it sits like an open wound and begins to fester. It infects the parts of us we took for granted as “knowing better,” but knowing better isn’t how humanity works. We are all equally as susceptible to kindness and love as we are to meanness and h*te and it takes so little effort, a tiny nudge really, to shift from the side of light into the side of darkness. And so, we must shed light on the darkness no matter how raw are our emotions toward the dark. In fact, the more raw the emotion the more likely we are to be enticed into action and for better or worse, these last several months have done exactly that – shined the light on the worst parts of us, so that collectively we can come together and love h*te out.
*BIG SIGH* I know what you’re thinking; I’ve even been there, “How can we, why should we use love to combat h*te!?” Because Iyengar finishes with, “…and to endure what cannot be cured.” We cannot cure the susceptibility towards h*te, it will always exist. We’ve mentioned over and over again that history and experience color perception which ultimately changes what we know to be truth. And, until we can each live in a state of pure bliss, a state outside of perception, then we have to create new histories and new experiences recoloring the perceptions for those who h*te seems to come easily. So, please join us in being kind and showing love to our neighbors, even the neighbors with whom we so fervently disagree not for your sake, not for their sake, but for our sake. Because doing so is how we make progress toward the day when h*te is eliminated from the World’s single beating heart.