Boston Strong: Practicing Unity in a Time of Despair

Practicing Unity in a Time of Despair

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It’s been a helluva week. As I left the studio early Monday afternoon, little did I realize the immense cloud hanging over our country’s head. Listening to NPR on the drive home the details of the Boston bombings began to spew. I pulled over feeling dumbfounded, put into alarm about what might happen next, if there were more bombs planted somewhere else, how much tragedy did we need to prepare ourselves for? We gathered with friends later that evening and like the news feed, we all speculated at the details, but were unanimous in one question which was ‘why?’.

As I write this morning, we have the other brother in custody and I’m sure he will provide answers as to why they committed this unthinkable act. But those answers will never truly provide reasoning. Their own separation from this reality fuel the delusions as to why they thought blowing up innocent people would settle anything in their world.

I include a piece written over a year ago about Unity. I feel it speaks to our inherent need to be included and how we so easily feel despair in its absence.

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Focus-Pocus: Balancing With Your Drishti

Focus-Pocus: Balancing With Your Drishti

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The Vata energy this spring has felt particularly frenetic so far. Vata is an Ayurvedic term for imbalance of air/wind within the body and our environment. March was more like Godzilla than a lion and its exit was about as gentle as Lindsay Lohan driving home on a Saturday night. From the unruly weather to the astrological antics, I’ve been craving grounding time..literally. The whole point of my hike these days is to reach the spot in the rolling, green hills and plop down amidst the wildflowers. It’s a welcomed opportunity to get down low, root in and simply gaze. Finding time to practice balancing poses on my yoga mat has also been helpful. Rooting the one standing leg down in Half Moon pose while my cat attacks my toes helps me perfect the concentrated focus of my drishti.

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