By Lara Tupper “The root of suffering is attachment.” —The Buddha I’ve moved 10 times in the past 14 years, from various hotels in Asia to apartments in New York City to Kripalu and nearby towns in the Berkshires. I’m about to move again, to another small Massachusetts town, and there I plan to stay. […]
Prior to attending yoga classes, The Edge, to me, was a quiet Irish man who played reverb-y guitar, no one I had to worry about confronting. My yoga instructors think differently: the edge is a place for mindful exploration, like Yosemite or the Everglades, where we can stretch ourselves into new territory, bit by bit. […]
In the late ‘60s, feminists coined—and very often employed—the phrase “the personal is political,” and never before has it rung truer. The recent party conventions were deeply personal, with moving onstage tales of hardship that ranged from growing up black in the South to delivering babies prematurely. Social media, meanwhile, lets us express our views—and hear about others’—more explicitly and aggressively than ever before. Views with which we don’t agree often come as a shock, if not a personal blow: I have a friend who thinks that?
“What is it about politics that hits us so emotionally?” asks Aruni Nan Futuronsky, a certified life coach and program advisor in Kripalu Healthy Living programs. While we may be used to—and even welcome—differences of opinion among family and friends in other arenas, politics often seems to warrant a less accepting view. We get defensive and argumentative. We feel very strongly. We try to convince others to see our side—and we often fail. That’s where the philosophies we learn in our yoga practice come into play, says Aruni. “Yoga teaches us to take action and to express our truth, but not get stuck on the outcome,” she says. That is, speak your mind—but don’t expect to change someone else’s.
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