I grew up in South Africa during the height of the apartheid regime. I never really understood, at that time, what that kind of oppression actually meant for so many people in my country. After all, I was white and middle class and still a child. I never realized exactly WHY there were no people of color in my school, or on the beaches, or riding the bus or eating in the restaurants. It was just the way it was.
With the energy of Thanksgiving still lingering in our minds and hearts I like to reflect on the conversations I have had with my students and friends around Gratitude.
One of the most powerful ways of opening up our hearts and minds is the act of offering up thanks for all we have received. Initially when we give thanks our minds go straight to those people, things and experiences that have filled our lives, homes and hearts with joy and pleasure.
SUTRA 1.1 NOW WE BEGIN THE SACRED STUDY AND PRACTICE OF YOGA
NOW is the space that lies between where I have been and where I am going;
NOW is the space between who I have been and who I am becoming;