Sutra 1.3 Once the mind is crystal-clear, we begin to perceive the objects of the world the way they are; our perception is no longer distorted.
The first question I want to address, as we set out upon this adventure into mindfulness together, is the Why. Why are we here? Why enter into a day or a lifetime's worth of spiritual practice even when we are in the midst of so much suffering and chaos related to the pandemic? Why would we want to live with purpose, be kind and do good work in the world? Why would we want to be in alignment with our own wholeness allowing room for all to belong?
There is an analogy that is used not only in yoga, but in many other spiritual traditions called the spoked wheel. If we can imagine that each one of our lives is a spoke on a bicycle wheel, then we know that each one of our lives connects and meets in the middle, at the communal hub.
Marrianne Williamson, in her book A Return to Love describes it perfectly: