And so, inspired by the Earth's full revolution around the Sun over the last year, I've decided that it's time for my own revolution. A revolution is a forcible overthrow of a social order in favour of a new system. As a yogi, that's far more interesting to me than a resolution. There's no doubt about the firmness required. But how and where I apply that firmness is up to me. The yoga tradition is rich with examples of how to skillfully carry out a revolution. We can go back thousands of years to witness how the Shramans created their own egalitarian society in the forests of what is now Northern Pakistan in response to the Aryans imposing injustices like the caste system on them. The practices established by those Shramans evolved directly into what we now know as Yoga, Jainism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. More recently, Mahatma Gandhi grounded himself in the teachings of the Baghavad Gita to lead the Indian Independence Movement which led directly to the seemingly impossible overthrow of British Rule in 1947. It's important to note that the methods used in both instances were non-violent, non-cooperative with unjust systems imposed by outsiders, and relied on a great deal of patience and restraint to ultimately prove successful. As Gandhi famously said, "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
There are a number of injustices that I feel have been slowly imposing themselves upon my life due to inattention on my part, perhaps a little too much tolerance, lack of resolve, lack of discipline, etc. They have become so pervasive that it's no longer going to be good enough to make resolutions. It's time for a revolution, and the yogahour method will be my model. Yogahour has woken me up out of my physical sleep, and shown me that when I do the work, the work does me. Transformation just happens.
And so this is the work. I will write. I will pay attention. I will use the light of yoga to illuminate injustices in my life, and that same light will show me to the exit or to the entrance as appropriate. Either way it will change me, as it always has. Only now the change will be more visible. I will no longer afford myself the luxury of passively waiting. As Che Guevara once said, "The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall."