Boy, I don’t know about you but I have been taken on a roller coaster ride lately with all the corona virus news. It is unsettling to say the least.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, our reliance on truthful and useful information has been essential for us to maintain safety measures and ultimately good health. However, it’s been a bit confusing because of the varying data and viewpoints being disseminated.
Once again turning to Patanjali’s Yoga sutras I am reminded of two concepts, satyam and rtam. Satyam is truth that is communicated in a way that does not add to misinformation and does not cause harm. Rtam is truth that is pure, unadulterated and not filtered through the lens of our mind which is riddled with memories, patterns and misunderstandings. I think we are experiencing a bit of both.
The truth can be painful to us and whether it something we want to hear or not, we still have to accept reality. If it is raining, we can see and feel the rain, there is no question. I read something, think it is true, then I hear someone else with a convincing argument against what I just read, and add that into my thought process. Sometimes it is a question of getting more information that makes us move forward. Sometimes it is fear that drives our decision and we cannot act at all. This back and forth can be exhausting.
I find it really helps to let my brain rest. A daily practice of exhale focused Pranayama and meditating on space in your life will allow you to take a fresh look at what really affects you and what you need to do to stay safe and healthy.
I send my best wishes to all of you and hope to see more of you on my walks and in the parks. I miss just hearing you all laugh and enjoy each other.
PS SoundYoga will continue to hold classes only on-line until the end of the year.