Earlier this week, I was thinking about how often we start something for one reason, but end up carrying it on for a completely different reason. I took up yoga, for example, primarily for the physical benefits: to change my body and to improve my posture. A few years later and I am still practising, but I have moved away from the original intention. I continue because of how much it expands my consciousness and increases my self-awareness.
One of the reasons I love yoga so much is because of the insight it has provided me into what was recently considered to be esoteric knowledge. Yoga is the best known branch of the Vedic sciences, i.e. the oldest known school of scientific learning in human history. When the British colonised India in the 18th century, they attempted to wipe out the Vedic sciences by closing down all of the schools, due to the fact that they were peddling “unknown” lessons (which were consequently perceived as irrational). Fortunately, the colonisers did not succeed in their fear based pursuit. This ancient wisdom was preserved, and it is becoming ever more prevalent in the West.
Yoga philosophy asks us to seek answers to profound questions beyond our rational and cerebral intellect. It invites us to awaken our intuition via the mind, body and spirit. It provides us with understanding of where we fit into the natural order of the entire universe. It offers space for a deeper connection to the the elements: air, fire, earth and water. Connecting to the elements is incredibly powerful, as it enables us to align with the natural forces which govern the cosmos.
At this time of year – winter – it is the water element that is imbued with special significance. Water represents our connection to intuition and the unconscious mind. Human beings are 70% water and like the earth’s bodies of water, we respond to the lunar cycles. Our emotions, like water, need to ebb and flow so that they do not stagnate. All forms of life need water in order to survive.
With this in mind, I was reflecting further on WaterAid’s mission to supply clean water for all, not only in Nepal, but worldwide. It is about so much more than providing the clean water necessary to help rid entire communities of greater susceptibility to disease and early, unnecessary death. WaterAid delivers meaningful and sustainable solutions by working alongside these communities, for example training engineers on the ground to fix pumps if anything goes wrong. It is ultimately about creating dignity and opportunities for our fellows. This brings us full circle, back to connection. We are all interconnected. We can all take responsibility for honouring this and tapping into our potential by using our collective energy to bring about positive change.
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