Union in Diversity

Yoga Blend, Burbank, Christy Marsden
Christy Marsden1I hope you are having a wonderful month!  We just returned from Bonnarroo which is a 4 day music festival on a farm in Manchester, TN.  This is our 3rd year going and one of the many things I love about it is the coming together of over 80,000 people from all over the world to listen to and celebrate great music of all genres from country, to rap, to electronic, to hip-hop, to folk, to rock, to bluegrass and everything in between.

We are all so very different.  Not only on the outside, where we are indeed vastly different, but even more so on the inside with our varying likes, dislikes, wants, desires, thoughts and feelings just to name a few. But even within all of our differences, deep in our hearts, I truly feel we are all the same.

One of yoga’s many definitions is ‘union’.  It is the bringing together of all parts of ourself and recognizing that spirit and form are the same while at the same time being different. Just as we are different from others but also the same.  One of my teachers says: “Yoga is getting comfortable with paradox.”  There is diversity, yes, but there is also union.  When we do yoga, we practice uniting our body, breath and mind. We find that stillness inside of us that never changes even as the world around us constantly is.  We reconcile the paradox.  Once we recognize this union within ourselves, we are more able to unite with the world around us.

When I looked across the vast landscape of the farm filled with tens of thousands of very unique individuals dancing, singing, eating, resting, smiling and living…I saw one being just wanting to enjoy life. I saw diversity in myself and diversity in others and also felt union in myself and union with others.  Union in diversity. I saw our differences and I saw the sameness of us all.  It was the best yoga practice I’ve had in a long time.

This sameness, according to research in positive psychology, is shown through the things we do on a regular basis that make the majority of us happier.  This, weekend, I am excited to explore these ideas in a Positive Psychology course called Pleasure and Purpose.  More info can be found here, along with all of the other wonderful workshops we have coming up.

I am so grateful for the uniqueness you bring to Yoga Blend that makes our community so super sweet and united. Thank you!

With love and infinite gratitude…