100 Days of Yoga, Day 58


October 18, 2012 by blogmasterjdeam


This is a big lesson I’m continually learning.  There are many reasons we create drama.  It could be as a way of letting off steam, getting sympathy, avoiding a life lesson, and sometimes (this is awful) to hurt someone else (ouch.)   Creating drama does hurt others, like children, spouses and others close to you, especially if the drama is only partly the truth.  But usually, creating drama is to give an extra boost to the ego, sort of like a pat on the back to the ego: see how important you are?  You can make people dance like puppets…  

We do not operate in a vacuum: every single thing we do, every action, has an impact on the world.  Something along the lines of when a butterfly flaps its wings in Japan, the wind that flapping creates is eventually felt in the U.S.  I can’t quite remember how it goes, but I think you understand the concept.  It is a way of saying: even if we can’t understand the implications of what we are doing, the world feels its impact.  We have this whole other layer operating, called the energetic level, which holds the rage, lies, acts of violence, etcetera.  We all contribute to it with our actions, words and even thoughts.  Have you seen this phenomenon?
 This is an example of how this system works.

My teacher doesn’t specifically say “don’t create drama.”   What he does is mirror the drama back, so I can see how unnecessary it actually is.  I think this is what a good teacher does, not lecture, but mirror.  It takes awhile to learn that is what is going on.  Initially it looks like we’re both in the drama together, but then (usually a long time) later I realize, he isn’t in this drama, he knows it is nonsense.  He also knows I will be offended if he calls it nonsense.  So he simply shows me what is going on and then lets me figure it out on my own.  Sometimes it takes years.

The practice of Sauca encompasses this work as well.  It is part of examining every single act we commit.  And I do mean examining, in minute detail, every single action.  What is its implication?  We can feel and see the positive actions:  we smile and wave, someone smiles and waves back.  But we can’t always see the negative actions, unless they are really out there, like road rage.  We’ve all seen the impact of road rage.  But do we also recognize the impact of someone ignoring another who is trying to work their way into traffic?  This is a small thing, but when we consider the emotions, from both parties, involved in this incident, can we see how that act, magnified by 1000 such acts contributes to the collective world judgment, rage, hostility?  

We think we are so small and insignificant, but really we are large and quite significant.  This is why the only work we can do, that has any impact, is the work we do on ourselves.  When we fix ourselves, the impact is felt all over the world (just like the butterfly flapping its wings.)  I promise.

Yours, while continuing to focus on Sauca, Chris


One thought on “100 Days of Yoga, Day 58

  1. Joan Shumway says:

    Yes, it is true, Chris. Everything I do, think, say matters. Thank you for the reminder of how powerful I am. I forget. With love, Joan

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