Moving Forward With Pure Intention

A couple years ago my partner and I were having brunch, and our friend said that we never know what is going to happen in life. A half hour later our dog ran away, and we spent the next 36 hours searching for him.

This past month I am revisiting the idea that we do not know what is going to happen. Last month our focus was on aparigraha (non-grasping). My work was to let Rainier Beach Yoga close for a period of time, to let go of being the teacher and practice along side you when we reopened, to let go into the abundance of community support I received and to allow myself to slow down and move towards healing. I spent Halloween weekend on Whidbey Island focusing on nurturing myself. The picture is from an early morning walk and a lovely moment with the moon.

As we settle into November we change our focus again. We leave the first limb of yoga (yamas) and start a five month exploration of the second limb (niyamas). The first niyama is saucha (purity or cleanliness).  I’m currently thinking about this as my pure intention. I can read a book to enrich my mind or to procrastinate from doing something else. I can eat food to nourish my body or to enjoy pleasure or to distract myself. As I settle  into what life looks like now I also am reflecting on what is my pure intention for the next steps for myself and RBY. 

Since there has been so much public attention I see people putting labels and intentions onto me. You are a social justice expert (I am not). You are an activist (I am not sure if I am). You are a leader (maybe, but what makes a leader?).  You are incompetent (sometimes). In my time in the woods I kept hearing over and over to remember that yoga is my deepest longing. Can yoga and social justice be partners? I absolutely believe this, and I also believe that yoga can be a framework for racial and social justice. Can yoga and activism work together? I think so. Can yoga help me become the leader I want to be? Yes. My foundation is yoga. I want to always move from that place first in whatever direction I go. That is my pure intention. My hope is when I get swept up into chaos, confusion and uncertainty I can stay true to moving from a place of union, compassion and truth (some of the tenets of our practice).

We had a beautiful healing circle where we brainstormed ideas of the steps we want to take as a community going forward. Stay tuned for a workshop on racial and social justice and monthly potlucks around yoga philosophy and social justice starting in January. 

What is your pure intention? In this moment? This week? Your lifetime?

Love,
Laura