I do not know this man. He does not know me. We passed each other almost every day; or, better said, I passed by him. He was often sat in the same place, or on his way to a place he had been many times before. Not that different from me, really, every day walking out the steps of my 'same same' schedule to and from the same satsang and yoga halls in Rishikesh. But in between the routine days and eye-meets-eye acknowledgements we would exchange as strangers, there was a depth. I still don't really know what that was. But it was in his eyes, and possibly mine too. We did not meet for the first time and we may never meet again - we needn't. This man is no character in my story nor am I in his. For me he is a reminder. He reminds me that every faceless stranger I pass, every peer, friend, partner and family member I know well, has their own story that has nothing to do with me whatsoever. And that there is a depth that I may never know nor need to understand or make any judgement of. To see the beauty in that and in them would be enough.
I am thinking a lot about this. About how I judge my own choices mostly, and sometimes others'. Is it for us to decide or judge, wouldn't it be more to simply appreciate that there is a beauty in the depth that we actually have no idea what is going on? Of simply acknowledging that we all choose to lead our lives, speak, work, spend our free time, post on Instagram, comment on Twitter, ramble over cups of tea? Judgement takes up a lot of time and energy. Particularly when we judge or agonise over stories that we do not really know or understand. Appreciating that we are all doing the best that we can (and very likely next year, the 'best' will have moved on to being 'better') is enough, and is rather beautiful.
For years I have allowed myself to be shy and not promote that which I do and share in Yoga. Best though to step this silly self out of the way and suggest how easy it is to be absolutely healthy in Attitude and Perspective and from there to realise health in Spirit, Mind and Body. Tapping into the tremendous intelligence that is available to us is so powerful yet so simple. And the outcome of this is so wonderful. It is to be “INJOY” regardless of circumstance or appearance. It is that which the masters through time have invited us unto. It is the natural state and nothing can be done to create it. Through reminding, we simply remember to rest as it. It is “THat I Am” the ancient teachings resound. They remain more fresh and new than any contemporary philosophy.