By Dr. Sue Morter
When the shelter-in-place and quarantine mandates were implemented due to the COVID pandemic, I began offering Free BodyAwake Yoga sessions online to help people stabilize and ground the energies present during this uncertain and challenging time.
Recently this past week, as turbulent energies and upheaval are
spreading across the United States, I’m even more dedicated to offering this
sacred practice at a time when it’s needed more than ever.
In yoga, one often hears the phrase “Namaste” spoken at
the beginning or end of each class. Namaste is a
traditional Indian greeting, meaning, “The Divine Light in me
recognizes and honors the Divine Light in you.” The term literally
translates to “I bow to you.”
In this moment in time, I
encourage the phrase “Namaste” to become an unspoken mantra in each
of our hearts. Because I do see the Divine Light in You – in
everyone and in everything taking place right now.
We can all see the Divine in Humanity… if we allow ourselves to.
The COVID pandemic of the past few months has brought a stillness
that is calling us home to ourselves. In this same moment, there is also a
stillness that is rising from within. In its wake, an uprising of everything
unlike itself becomes obvious.
What we are seeing and experiencing right now in this moment of
upset and upheaval, is humanity searching for this stillness rising.
As it does, now is the time to focus our collective intention and
conversation on another yogic term, Ahimsa, or “non-violence.” For what is
underneath violence is love, peace, understanding, fortitude and much more.
It’s the humble warrior. The one who
brings love no matter what.
We must not succumb to the
“movie” being projected outside of us, but instead realize that when
the movie is reflecting pain, there’s a good reason for it.
And that pain must be met
with LOVE. It cannot be met with more pain.
This, is the greatest task
Given free will, what do we choose? What do we
choose when we see unjust things happening? When we witness suppression and
Do we choose acting in a
non-loving way in order to eradicate the non-loving actions of others? Doing
that changes nothing.
To heal the lack of loving
actions in this world, we must assert love, compassion, understanding
and listening – and take actions in peaceful ways.
In the United States right
now there is a great upheaval, because there has been a tremendous amount of
injustice for too many years.
Those who have been
suppressed are rising with all they know to do – with anger, fear, frustration.
We want to invite everyone to RISE, and use that energy for passion, cultivate
it and draw it upward – to reclaim it and use it as fuel for the fire of the
The heart is a blazing bonfire and we are here to throw everything
we can onto it, so that the fire of Love blazes bigger. As that fire blazes
bigger, it becomes a transmuting presence on the planet and we become leaders
instead of frustrated and angry.
When we feel afraid, angry, or frustrated because we can’t control
our environment the way we want to – it’s our moment to claim it back to our
core and just come home to ourselves, being compassion and love. When we do, we
provide a vibrational frequency out into the world that allows the world to
sense and feel some kind of nurturing in the midst of the pain.
As we come together, we can create a transmuting quality that
allows EQUALITY. That allows our mind and our heart to be of equal value, which
allows the Soulful Self and the outer world to have a collaborative
relationship of equanimity.
When this happens, the outer world does not roll us over and
suppress us, and we do not try to push our way into it. Instead we transmute
everything we encounter, both within ourselves and in the world around us.
This is our great task – one of coming home to ourselves and
cultivating love. This is how we create peace within ourselves, and offer it to