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The awareness of love

One week ago I was saying goodbye to people that just a week before I haven’t even met, though it felt like I was saying farewell to people I knew for years. For a week (18-24 July) I was in what my eyes and my heart saw and felt as paradise. It was the Ängsbacka’s Yoga Festival 2011 in Sweden. If you would have asked me about it before December 2010, I would have looked at you with open eyes in surprise and remain silent trying to guess what you were saying. Thanks to someone who helped me open a big crack more my door of awareness I now can say that this was the best week of my life.

There, together with 300 more people, I practiced yoga from 7 am, discovered new spiritual paths, made friends I can call brothers and sisters, ate amazing food, sung beautiful bhajans, danced like crazy, I had a collective tantric orgasm, and felt the energy we all share and that connects us all, love. Then in the middle of all this, a person in Norway full of hate killed dozens of people, many of them children and teenagers. At the same time I became aware of the power of love, of what we can build together, I felt how destructive hate can be. Then there is cynicism. That feeling that tells you that change is not possible, that thinking of love as a positive force that can make change real is naive, that the real thing is violence and hate, that we need to be prepared for the worse.

I stopped being cynic, for I became aware of things that changed my way of looking. I became aware that together we can make our world better. I became aware that the connection between all human beings, all life on Earth and the Earth itself is so strong and powerful, so beautiful that there is hope for a better future, not a one which we are slaves of a hierarchic machine of domination, addicted to technology that’s distracting from our feelings we don’t want to have because they may be painful. I became aware of love, the energy that connects us, brings us together, bind us as one. I really felt it all around my body. Our world needs a change, but it won’t come with domination, imposition or convincing. It will come from those that change as persons capable of be the change. As my teacher of teachers said, “be the change you want to see in the world”. In my case, the first step was to become aware of love, start loving myself to be able to love others dearly.

I would like to leave you with some wise Og Mandino’s words that I hope will guide my life…

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”

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A different world

OK. Tomorrow I am leaving for Sweden for a 10 days “connecting trip” (in all senses!). Let me just share with you a thought, a feeling. I think, I feel we are witnessing a big transformation of our world. We are going from a world dominated by hierarchical institutions, where trust was put on the organisations with “expertise” to manage our affairs to a world governed by networks of individuals and communities where trust is put on those that can offer at every moment the best of themselves (of ourselves!), a world where every one of us can aspire to be and be the change we want to see in the world like the great Ghandi said…Do you aspire to be?

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From grey London to multicolour Yoga

So, here I am in London once more, but, as it has been my life in the last year and a half, only for a few days. On Sunday I am going to Sweden for a Yoga Festival in Ängsbacka, which this year’s theme is “Connect with yourself – connect with others”. Coincidences do no exist. Connection has been the theme of my past year and a half, so it is very appropriate that I finish a period of great transformation in my life with a 7-day yoga/mediation/singing/community festival in the middle of the Swedish woods…

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The power of small things

In history we’ve been focusing on the big stuff. Revolutions, wars, leaders, countries, big events…but it’s much more difficult to see how small things make a big difference. Michel Foucault called ‘disciplines’ those “tiny, everyday, physical mechanism […] those systems of micro-power that are essentially non-egalitarian and asymmetrical” (Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison). These are typically present in state institutions like army, school or prison, but they are also in the bureaucratic administration and the capitalist corporation. All institutions that shape our lives in great extent. They have a great power to define how we frame our actions, what we see as ‘possible’ and ‘normal’, in opposition to the ‘impossible’ and ‘abnormal’.

Imagine, for example, the effect that has on society the fact of putting a clock with standardized time in all public schools setting the times of start and end of class, or the obligation of wearing tie and jacket to do business in the capitalist world, accepting with it the identity of a small part of the population who imposed the tie as a necessary garment, limiting de facto the expression of those that do not feel comfortable with it. The power of the small things lies on their ‘invisibility’. They are so ‘tiny’ that we think they are irrelevant details of life, but in fact they have a huge impact on how we live. Next time you are wearing a piece of cloth you don’t feel comfortable with because ‘this is what they want’ or the bank/public administration makes you feel unnecessary paperwork think about these little details, these disciplines, if they annoy you so much it is because there is something powerful behind…you just need to be aware of it to actually reject it. And perhaps make a tiny but powerful change in the world.