WE ARE ONE

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 “Welcome aboard.  We have 19 attendants on board this aircraft who speak 13 different languages, so if you need anything, please let us know.”   I was on a business trip to a very diverse, cutting edge city  - Dubai.  Once I reached there and took car service, checked in to the hotel, had dinner, went to the offices the next day, etc., I was astonished at how many different nationalities were present - living and working there.  People from the Philippines, South Africa, France, Brussels, England, Brazil, India, Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, Iran, I’m pretty sure someone said Uzbeskistan, United States. 

All are different.  All have cultural differences, religious differences, social differences, economic differences, political differences.  Yet, it struck me that all have the same basic needs.  In these times, I think it is important to look at what is common among all of us, rather than what is different.  We need to eat.  We need to drink water.  We need to breathe fresh air.  We need to rest and sleep.  Our bodies need to function in a certain way.  All of us.  It doesn’t matter where we live, what we wear, how much money we have, what work we do, what car we drive, where we have dinner.  Simplifying what is common is going back to what connects us as human beings.  Celebrating diversity by embracing commonality. 

Once we understand this in a big way, we can see that this all relates back to what we have in common on another level, and that is, compassion.  We can visualize the center of this at the heart center.  What connects us as human beings is the energy here – the center of the connection to other beings – caring and compassion.  In our yoga practice, this energy center is called “anahata”.  We learn that balancing this energy brings us love which is a unifying force among diversity.  And once we center in on this feeling of love, compassion is born.  Having compassion for others softens our humanity and allows us to give. 

When you see someone out on his/her luck – even one who seems “out of it” – know that we are made of the same stuff and the circumstances that put him/her there could be beyond his/her control.  When you see an elderly person a little confused or taking long at the ATM, be patient.  When you see a child acting out in a peculiar way, let it be.  Know and feel that we are one no matter what our differences may be.  

During this holiday season, take the time to think about the connections, not the separations.  Living life from the energy center of love brings forth kindness, generosity and respect and inspires the same in others.  Let us be an inspiration to all to exhibit “loving kindness” and live according to the principle that all of life is connected. 

May you be happy.  May you be free.  May you be grateful.  May you let go of things that do not serve you.  May you have inner peace. 

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