The run up to our Federal Election. Almost there.
From all parties, we've been promised, cajoled, and bombarded with, as my teenager said, mostly negativity - who hasn't done what, can't do, or won't do.
Negativity is a pretty bad space to be in.
Here's an idea... it should be essential, for all our political representatives to do Yoga.
I’m not just talking about the physical practice – although who can’t benefit from a downward dog, or ten?
I am talking about the framework that yoga gives us to live well.
To be the best human being we possibly can be.
Yogis don’t know it all, but words like
authenticity, kindness, and non-violence,
are a frame of reference in our practice on and off the mat.
KINDNESS underpins everything.
So here are my Top 5 reasons why Politicians should do Yoga:
As Yogis, we stress the importance of cultivating compassion towards ourselves and then extend that outwards to others. There could be a lot more kindness going on in those cabinet rooms, and in those speeches. We are all connected in some way, and the consequence of our words and actions extend far beyond our reach. Our leaders wield much influence. As our representatives, they are responsible for making decisions that affect us all. And what we do as a country, and the decisions we make, have a ripple affect all over the world.
OUR MOTHERS ALWAYS TOLD US TO TELL THE TRUTH
Satya is a term we use that means truthfulness in words and conforming with the facts. Hmmmm. Boy is that a biggy during campaign time. It's hard to decipher truth from fiction sometimes. Promises are made to gain votes. Where does the true intention lie from any political party? There is a whole lotta ego down there in Canberra. Are they accountable to the wider community or to a smaller, marginal group just to get votes. What stories are they telling to get those votes? Supporting self serving lobbyists with their own agenda does not benefit the quality of life for everyone in our country to develop education, health, the environment and our social welfare policies.
We all put on different hats, but being authentic is a core value. It's about cutting the BS. Aparagraha roughly translates as integrity in words and actions, being the same person at all times. We don't just want to, or need to see, what the spin doctors want us to. To remain true to the essence of who we really are is important - we should expect nothing less of our pollies.
DEVELOPING AND MAINTAINING A GOOD FOUNDATION
It is really important to work at having a good foundation. A good physical foundation, as well as feeling secure about ourselves, where we are and who we are in the world. It must be really hard to do this when there is constant fighting and jostling for positions of power, when there is undermining of character. In those corridors of power there seems to be enemies out in front, enemies lurking behind closed doors...it's a tough environment to feel secure in. The practice of yoga encourages us to tap into our heart centre, so no matter what storm rages around us we can go within and find our own inner strength.
Our leaders carry a very big burden. Looking after a country and it's people is no easy task. As yogis we practise a healthy lifestyle. We learn to look after our whole self. We practice being flexible in both body and mind, to go with the flow of whatever life throws at us. A regular yoga and meditation practice helps to keep stress at bay, allowing us to do our jobs and live our lives more effectively. As yogis we know that a good diet keeps us strong and vital in all areas of our life.