Ever think about your beliefs as a part of your yoga practice? Believing isn't an indicator of truth or non-truth. It's just what you believe. But knowing what you believe is a great way of practicing understanding yourself. It makes us inquire. And through this inquiry, we can play at the edges of knowing, as poet Mary Oliver says. Also, sharing your beliefs, especially in a respectful way, opens your heart and allows others to see a real and honest part of you. This is about truth, the Sanskrit term Satya. Not that what you believe is true (it may be) but what is true is that you feel it and that you are honest and brave enough to share it. I invite you practice sharing your truth and watch as your life opens up; notice the ways others around you also open up as you share your truth.
So, here's a practice for me. This is what I believe:
First, I believe in people. I believe that people are not only good, they're amazing. I believe in the human spirit and its capacity to dream, innovate, work hard, and accomplish, sometimes beyond all odds. This human spirit has sent people to space, we have figured out how to see planets hundreds of million light years away. We make astoundingly beautiful art and movement. We dreamed up Hobbits and Star Wars and the The Royal Tenenbaums. We invented Oreos. Need I say more? We help each other out in times of personal, national, or global crisis. I believe that people, no matter what, somehow to their core, are driven by love.
I believe in yoga and meditation.
I believe in personal growth.
I believe in the power of a good movie.
I believe a good talk can work out most things.
I believe in respect, honesty, and integrity.
I believe that the Universe is mysterious and big and fascinating and that I'm somehow part of this big beautiful thing, planets hundreds of light years away and all, and by understanding myself better, I understand the Universe.
I believe in trying your hardest, even if you can't win, that trying your hardest is winning.
I believe in putting your heart out there, speaking your truth, and letting the consequences happen as they may.
I believe in love as the panacea to fix most everything.
I believe things have flaws and cracks and problems and they are perfect like that because through those cracks, as Leonard Cohen says, that's how the light gets in-our flaws are the avenue to growth and understanding to the Divine.
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I believe that I see the Divine in every person, creature, plant, and rock. I believe that the Divine has infinitely many forms and what does the Divine care if your offering to the Divine is religious service, or a prayer in the form of a decadent flourless chocolate cake to share with family and friends (for example). And since the Divine comes in so many forms, it is indeed the Divine who accepts your gift with gladness and thanks. Why not pray with your gifts, with what makes your heart sing, indeed that is a true offering.
I believe in a steady groove and a line of notes blown out the end of a saxophone.
I believe in people coming together to make miracles happen.
I believe in Girl Scout cookies.
I believe in traveling, getting outside your box, your neighborhood, and learning what's going on in this complicated, intricate and incredible blue marble of ours.
I believe in developing compassion by putting yourself in another person's shoes.
I believe in listening, and why not listen on a great sound system?
I believe in discipline with a healthy dose of conscious indulgence.
I believe in local business. I believe in helping out the little guy.
I believe in helping each other make our dreams happen.
I believe in showing up.
I believe in giving someone a chance.
I believe in music.
I believe in caring about our environment because I believe that we can individually make a difference.
I believe in standing up for what you believe, especially in a way that is honoring, respectful, and non-harming to others.
I believe in trail running.
I believe in watching others shine.
I believe in a good belly laugh until tears flow down your cheeks and you become hysterical.
I believe in the benefit of the doubt.
I believe in miracles.
I believe in accomplishing your wildest dreams.
I believe in making your space beautiful.
I believe in creating sacred space.
Again, I believe in love.
I believe in sharing. Please share what you believe.