by Olivia Cecchettini
I turn on the news and all I hear is violence and it stuns my heart
because I have cultivated a life of peace.
It’s astounding to me that we are still killing each other
over race, sexuality, religion, and so on…
The human race has advanced so far
in technology, in space exploration, in medicine,
but what have we learned about our treatment of other humans?
What have we learned about connecting to one’s own spirit?
What is it worth, your spiritual survival?
We are so far removed from our neighbors
from our rainforest
from our compassion
from our hearts
that we are numb to the world around us
and we have lost touch with the world within us.
Every day I see people who suffer physical and emotional pain,
these two are intertwined with little separation.
The body speaks. Listen.
This is yoga – more than physical postures –
yoga connects the physical, mental, emotional selves
into one spiritual Self.
We look outside ourselves,
never thinking that everything lies within.
But the world is changing day by day,
I believe there is a wave of passionate, intelligent people creating change,
The kind of change that starts within –
within our reactions,
within our suffering,
within our humanity,
within our hope for the next generation.
Olivia’s yoga journey began in 2003. She is certified in Vinyasa, Hatha, and Aerial Yoga and holds a Masters degree in Spiritual Psychology. She believes the mind, body, soul connection is sacred and encourages her students explore and expand within their own bodies and consciousnesses.