The Organizing PrincipleJan 17, 2024
If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear.
- Joanna Macy
A recent workshop participant beautifully characterized love as the central hub of the wheel of her life - the core value she relies on to align her actions with her deepest intentions.
What a useful way of reframing love - not as an abstract, woo-woo concept, but as the organizing principle around which decisions are made, priorities set, and actions taken.
In committing to love as a guiding value, my experience is that it becomes a clarifying force - a steady ground where you can find sure footing when the disarray and despair of the world feels frightening, overwhelming, or confusing.
It’s worth remembering that yoga envisions our deepest nature as love, and existence itself as an expression of this love. Perhaps one of the most vital roles of yoga practice in 21st-century life is to remind us of this and reinforce our experience of it.
By providing the tools and perspectives to cultivate a loving relationship with yourself, yoga provides the space for you to return to love. Practice becomes the training ground for becoming more of who you want to be for yourself and how you wish to show up for others and our world.