The Teacher in ALL Things

Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru devo Maheshwara, Guru sakshat, param Brahma, tasmai shri guravay namah 

Our creation is that guru (Brahma-the force of creation); the duration of our lives is that guru (Vishnu-the force of preservation); our trials, tribulations, illnesses, calamities and the death of the body is that guru (devo Maheshwara-the force of destruction or transformation). There is a guru nearby (Guru Sakshat) and a guru that is beyond the beyond (param Brahma). I make my offering (tasmai) to the beautiful (shri) remover of my darkness, my ignorance; (Guru) it is to you I bow and lay down my life (name.) - Sharon Gannon (www.jivamuktiyoga.com) 

Yesterday was a rough day in NYC. The country elected a president who is a mysogynistic, egotistical butthead who has openly promoted racism, hate, and separatism. No. This is not my opinion and its not filled with anger or hate- its the truth.  In his first 100 days of office he has promised to: lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars' worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal, begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won't take them back, cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America's water and environmental infrastructure, AND ift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward.

Alan Sorkin wrote the following to his daughters: "And it wasn’t just Donald Trump who won last night—it was his supporters too. The Klan won last night. White nationalists. Sexists, racists and buffoons. Angry young white men who think rap music and Cinco de Mayo are a threat to their way of life (or are the reason for their way of life) have been given cause to celebrate. Men who have no right to call themselves that and who think that women who aspire to more than looking hot are shrill, ugly, and otherwise worthy of our scorn rather than our admiration struck a blow for misogynistic shitheads everywhere. Hate was given hope. 

So what do we do now?

I am receiving condolences from friends in other countries as if someone has died. It is a major tragedy for the US and for all of the progress we have made. When I finally pulled myself out of bed - I cried. Then I got into the shower and I cried. When I went to go teach class, I cried with my students. During class I kept reminding everyone to breathe in and breathe out. (Although that was really for me.) We chanted the Guru Mantra...

We chanted in hopes of finding the teacher in this situation. what is it that we will learn from this american tragedy? After class I walked around the city and ran some errands - the mood was solemn. However, I found myself making eye contact with more New Yorkers than ever before today. I even got a few unsolicited smiles and saw people helping others. Holding doors, saying "thank you" and just an overall gentleness. Even when we think we are sure we never know the outcome - we never know. Could there be a teaching embedded in all of this hate and fear? Maybe all this hate and ignorance is really gonna give us a chance to show our true colors. To remember who we are and what we want for our country. The word compassion means to "suffer with". If we get to the root of our suffering and sadness together maybe we can help each other find our way out of it... 

Here's a playlist to carry you through. xx, Jamie

Jamie Lugo