Challenge, Change & Courage

Letter from the Director   |   October 2020 Edition

Humankind is considered to have experienced three significant periods in history that radically changed the direction of our overall existence. 

The first period is the Agricultural Age (from approximately 9000 B.C. to the late 1700s), and was the development of crop and animal raising as a food source among human communities to supplement hunting and gathering. 

The second period is the Industrial Age (considered to be continuing today in some countries), which encompasses the changes in economic and social organization characterized chiefly by the replacement of hand tools with power-driven machines, and by the concentration of industry in large establishments. 

The third and current period, the Information Age, began in the early 20th century, characterized by a rapid epochal shift to an economy primarily based upon information technology. Like the agricultural and industrial movements, there are byproducts of information and technology that are more curses than blessings. The world is witnessing how the digitization, creation, and mass sharing of almost any and all sorts of information is resulting in many of us feeling less informed rather than more. 

The arrival of COVID-19 brings a new twist to the Information Age. The global lockdown expedited the stillness and softening humans needed to experience. With the truly endless proliferation of information, and more and more of it becoming questionable, comes the seeking of information from within ourselves. Nature has a way of forcing what strongly needs to happen. Consider that what is occurring is the natural evolution of humans learning to trust more in themselves, turning to a different source for instruction and guidance. This practice is not new in any way, though maybe it’s the new direction of the so-called Information Age.

Each time I enter the practice room to lead a class, I do so with a sincere want to aid you in finding more truth in your life. This is also the centre of my own yoga practice. I live for the exciting and sometimes scary journey that is the finding of more clarity in all my decisions, both the significant and the so-called mundane.

Beautiful asanas support me in the downloading of information in each breath—information that is not only based on my physical experience in that moment, but my mental experience as well. It’s from this place that emotions can follow, and what I can only identify as a stronger channeling of spirit. This entire flow of experience is not exclusive to my actions on my mat. Although some moments are easier than others, I can find this process in all my actions. And typically, the more I pay attention to this flow (aka awareness), the more clear is the information I receive, upon which to base my decisions. This is the essence of yoga, and this is how I move through my life as best I can, in as many moments as I can remember.

In the search for more truth in my life, I learned very fast that there are many experiences that challenge me, ones that particularly deliver the feeling of vulnerability in some way. It’s the vulnerability that sets me up to possibly be considered wrong, which might lead to being accused, judged or even vilified. 

Maybe like some of you, I don’t really know what to believe about COVID-19. I step into the vulnerable place of claiming that I don’t fully believe the virus is all that we’re told it is, yet I don’t disbelieve its existence either. I simply feel like I don’t have a clear knowingness moving through me at this time. The information that comes through me does find faith in science in general, yet I’ve seen convincing arguments for both the extreme impact, and non-impact of this virus. I also trust that the term science goes far, far beyond its more commonly held definition. 

What is clear to me at this moment though, is that MYBW must close its door again. I’m not completely clear on why, yet this decision is what feels true and necessary right now. I’ve sat with this question, and there is a clarity supporting my decision that I cannot ignore. This is me living my courageous life, and I thank you for your support.

See you in the virtual practice room,

 

Don