We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Albert Einstein (1)

Let the Tao be present in your life
and you will become genuine.
Let it be present in your family
and your family will flourish.
Let it be present in your country
and your country will be an example
to all countries in the world.
Let it be present in the universe
and the universe will sing.

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching – Verse 54. trans by Stephen Mitchell(2)

In challenging times such as these it seems that all too often fear, conflict and polarization often override values of community, connection and shared values in determining how we make the important decisions in our lives.

As the sage Lao the suggests above, it may be the lives we are seeking can be found in the harmony that comes when struggle within and against others is released and we join together in understanding. Much easier said than done but no less important to know and consider as a possibility forI living happy and purposeful lives.

In the skillful and compassionate practice of Yoga, meditation and the healing arts it is taught from the beginning that struggling against our inner distress and who we are magnifies that distress and is ultimately the main impediment to its release and our own evolution.

A hidden value of this understanding may be that applying this insight to all manner of conflict and discord both within ourselves and to the world outside may allow us to,. even for a moment, understand and shift to a more healing and creative world view. This can lead our relating to ourselves and others with understanding  and acceptance., rather than fear and conflict.

Our ability to rise above unhealthy and conflicted states of being is lost and found again with each visit to the Yoga mat, meditation cushion or healing interaction with a trusted healer, friend or loved one.
In this new year I hope that you find your way to greater peace and happiness within and that this will help you help others find their way as well.

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2.) -Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching – Verse 54. trans by Stephen Mitchell, from harinam.com