The opposite of love’s indifference”
We live in a complicated and crazy age. We are capable of knowing more than we ever have before about what is going on in the world, while simultaneously feeling less of our own emotional experience, and/or personal reactions, to, this very awareness. It is easy to stop reading an article on Human Trafficking (or anything else that upsets us) because it is too painful to continue. It’s simple to change the channel on the TV because we don’t want to see the pictures of little girls - our very own daughters’ ages - being sent to experience the horrors of Female Genital Mutilation. We may not want to know, and we don’t really have to know, either.
I say this without judgment, because -- I get it. I do NOT want to see that stuff, I do NOT want to know. My heart pounds, my eyes fill with tears, I feel angry, I feel helpless, and I feel useless. I truly believe that most people are deeply caring and compassionate. I believe much of the time when people fail to help it is NOT because they don’t care, but rather, because they care so much, it is almost unbearable to see how much suffering there is out there.
In my eyes, the partnership of raising funds to fight human trafficking (along with other social justice issues) via yoga is very logical. Topics of this magnitude are quite simply more than many of us are capable of processing. Again, though, not for lack of caring, but for the opposite reason, because we care so much that the heart starts to crack at all the injustice, pain, and suffering. BUT, we can utilize yoga as a medium that allows us to simply be still and breathe through our most uncomfortable, scary, and unnerving moments, so we can move forward, so we can do more, so we don’t get overwhelmed and need to “tap out.” And I use the word “yoga” here not to reference fancy, tricked out arm balances with 17 syllable names, I use the word yoga to be defined as simply being still and breathing through whatever moment you are having, even the bad ones.
What yoga teaches us is the benefit of just sitting and enduring what feels bad, to just ride it out, so as to get through to the other side of it all. In a world where it is increasingly easy to distract, deflect, and disconnect, this seemingly simple task becomes more and more challenging.
So today, just take the steps that feel right to you. If they don’t seem like big steps, focus on the difference many people’s small steps can make. Together we can mobilize to support one anther, and then we can all work together to create the world we want to see. So take those baby-steps, breathe through the “yuck” and celebrate the smallest of victories, it all counts. And to all you rainmakers and game-changers, I say, namaste.
by Abra Garrett