Happy Fourth of July to American yogins everywhere.
Beyond the flashy fireworks and barbecue festivities, this is a day to reflect upon the meaning of freedom and to celebrate the birthday of our country. Revolutionary War soldiers certainly felt as if Colonial powers were impeding their lives and their freedom. For many of us however, the celebration is checkered by a history that was often cruel and pocked by the nether aspects of humanity. For instance, the culture and political community that existed on the continent was nearly obliterated.
How can we reconcile the shame with the pride?
Have you taken time today – even ten minutes – to ask WHO AM I while sitting in silence and listening to whatever burbles into consciousness? I feel truly free when connecting with my SELF, the Source of energy and life itself. Does the past impede your present life or can you free yourself to live truly open to this present moment? Have you ever felt truly free?
Some thoughts to pepper your practice:
Do you feel constricted in your life?
Can freedom be achieved in every single asana? What is the key?
Is there a place or a practice that helps you move and act beyond shame and pride? Do you even think that this is possible? How does this relate to freedom? Is freedom a worthwhile endeavor? What do you consider more important?
What are the chains keeping you from living the life that is YOURS?
Is personal or spiritual freedom possible without political freedom? What price are you willing to pay for each of these liberations?
How can a sense of lightness, humor, and joy infuse the challenge of becoming more free?
When I watch the fireworks tonight in Swansboro, North Carolina, I’ll think of the struggle for personal/spiritual freedom that this community is dedicated to and I’ll clap for y’all at the first appricot squiggle bursting overhead.