When I first read the story below, it gave me shivers.
An old Hasidic rabbi once asked his pupils how they could tell exactly when the night had ended and the day begun (daybreak is the time for certain holy prayers). “Is it when you can see an animal in the distance and tell whether it is a sheep or a dog?” one student proposed. “No,” answered the rabbi. “Is it when you can clearly see the lines on your palm?” another asked. “Is it when you can look at a tree in the distance and tell if it is a fig or a pear tree?” “No,” answered the rabbi each time. “Then, what is it?” the pupils demanded.
“It is when you can look on the face of any man or woman and see that they are your sister or brother. Until then it is still night.”
ON THE MAT
This story transcends any religion or dogma. It is spiritual and expansive. In truth, this teaching is a deep yoga practice. To be honest, there wasn’t much I added beyond the passage.
“Brothers and Sisters, let’s move into the daylight!” We got up and go working. Continuously planting back into the words, “until then it’s still night.” The practice was a Modo Yoga 60 min class, and we had many moments where we paused together and took a breath as a community.
OFF THE MAT
The world is hurting. There is pain everywhere. The Earth is in immense pain. Here we are with an opportunity every day to embrace our differences as great teaching tools to return us our similarities. Here we are, so pick your head up and look at the face of every man and woman as your brother and sister.