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How Do You Love Ye? August 25, 2020

Posted by ajoyfulpractice in Uncategorized.

“Love is not to be found in someone else, but in ourselves; we simply awaken it. But, in order to do that, we need the other person.”

– quoted from 11 Minutes: A Novel by Paulo Coelho

In addition to being the “International Day Against Intolerance, Discrimination, and Violence Based on Musical Preference & Lifestyle” – also known as Sophie Lancaster Day – yesterday, was also Paulo Coelho’s 73rd birthday. Born into a strict Catholic family in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 24, 1947, Coelho dreamed of being something his parents thought was illogical and unreasonable. They committed him to a mental institution at the age of 17 and he escaped three times before he was ultimately released at the age of 20. Expressing more understanding and grace than anger in 2005, Coelho told a reporter for The Telegraph, “It wasn’t that they wanted to hurt me, but they didn’t know what to do…. They did not do that to destroy me, they did that to save me.”

There are lots of people who do things to “save” someone, but their actions ultimately destroy something very vital in the person they are trying to save. Some, like Coelho did in his early twenties, try to hold on to the perceived intention of love by doing what their parents want them to do even when it doesn’t line up with what’s in their hearts. Others, like Coelho started to do – also in his twenties – recognize that while harmful actions may be presented as “loving” they are actually coming from a place of confusion and ignorance (avidyā), which leads to suffering. Throughout his life, Coehlo has known a great deal of suffering – in addition to his parents attempt to convert him to their way of thinking, he was arrested and tortured by the government in 1974 for “subversive” activities – and yet, he writes about love, acceptance, spiritual awakenings, and following ones spirit.

“Love is looking at the same mountains from different angles.”

– quoted from The Valkyries by Paulo Coelho

Please join me today (Tuesday, August 25th) at 12 Noon or 7:15 PM for a virtual yoga practice on Zoom where we will look at your own personal “mountains from different angles.” Use the link from the “Class Schedules” calendar if you run into any problems checking into the class. Give yourself extra time to log in if you have not upgraded to Zoom 5.0. You can request an audio recording of this practice via a comment below.

Tuesday’s playlist is available on YouTube and Spotify.


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