During Jivamukti Teacher Training, we practiced teaching in small groups of 3 people. After I taught my first Jivamukti class to my practice group, Adrian who is from another group approached me, and he said that he was listening to my dharma talk from where he was, and he loved it and wished he were in that class. His words uplifted me, because I was so new to teaching and was not very sure about myself. I found myself asking him what time he was teaching, and I attended his class even though my body was tired from having already practiced three times that day. I had wanted, in some way, to be able to give him the same kind of encouragement that he gave me.
I think that if we focus our energy on giving back any uplifting word or action freely given to us, the world will have less wars, less conflicts, less negativities, and have more love, more peace, and more kindness. How distorted our world is that most of the emotions and actions that we want to pay back are rooted in anger. How twisted it is that vengeance is a shared story amongst those who are hurt instead of healing and forgiveness. How backward it is that despite all of the technology humanity has created we have lost our basic connection to be here for each other.
Let today's practice be about giving back. Think of someone who once offered you some kind of encouragement, either through words or gestures. Offer your love and blessings to this person. Keep repeating this offering until you are ready to expand your offering to others. Yoga is a practice. A war-less disposition is a practice. Keep including more and more beings into your offering of love, until you find yourself embodying the mantrah Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu, may all beings be happy and free.
As my teacher David Life said, "Make Yoga, Not War."
In memory of Adrian.