It is my vision that every human being has the freedom to choose to practice Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Self-Intimacy on a daily basis. I believe that this would radically change the world as we experience it.
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However, this is a VISION because it is not currently a REALITY.
In this moment, do you have the capacity to incorporate four Self-Intimacy practices into your daily experience?[Providing space for you to consider..]
I am going to guess that your answer is ‘no,’ though if your answer is ‘yes’ that is also very valid!
In the Kaṭhopaniṣad, the God Yama teaches Nachiketa that in Yoga, one needs to interrupt unhealthy relationships and agitate harm in order to create space for practice.
For example: If you have an unhealthy, judgmental relationship with yourself, that is harmful and is likely reducing your capacity to practice Self-Intimacy.
Another example: If you have an unhealthy, abusive relationship with another person in your life, that is harmful and is likely reducing your capacity to practice Self-Intimacy.
A final example: If you live within a system of oppression that is intentionally keeping you unwell, that is harmful and is likely reducing your capacity to practice Self-Intimacy.
All of these circumstances need to be interrupted and agitated in order to enable you to practice.
Fast forward over 1000 years to Patañjali in the Yoga Sūtra, who writes the Mahāvarata (“The Great Vow”) – also known as the Yama-s – the first stage of which is ahiṃsā (“non-harm”).
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It is important to note that Yoga isn’t the only philosophy that employs ahiṃsā, however each Tradition’s flavour is unique. For the Jains, ahiṃsā means passivism. For the Yogi, ahiṃsā means direct action and disruption.
This is because Yoga takes you as a person seriously: you have the capacity to choose and create change. Therefore, as a required pre-practice, the revolutionary chooses to interrupt and agitate harm.
And not just the harm that they themselves might be acutely experiencing.
Because you are interconnected with me, and our well-being is bound.
This revolution is about EVERY PERSON having the freedom to practice.
Because only when you have the freedom to practice, do I have the freedom to practice.
If systems of oppression, abusive relationships and judgmental notions of self still exist, they affect us all whether we choose to acknowledge it or not.
The revolutionary chooses to acknowledge that harm, and chooses to interrupt it for the benefit of all beings, themselves included.[Providing space for a deep, cleansing breath..]
How is this feeling in your body?
Are you already in processes of harm interruption?
Do you have questions, thoughts or comments?
So you know, my posts are rarely (if ever) going to be wrapped in a neat bow and contain all the answers because (a) I don’t have all the answers, and (b) this stuff is really complex.
Tomorrow in part 2/3 on Interrupting Harm I will share more about systems of harm that affect us all and ways to start understanding them.
Until then, in love and interruption,