Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Yoga to the People

I am the decisive element

"I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming." --Goethe

I first heard this quote by Goethe in a yoga class taught by a teacher at Jennyoga who used to teach at Yoga to the People in New York. The line that impacted me most was treat people as they ought to be, so that we help them become what they are capable of. When you have 2 boys that fight constantly, like boys do, this is one to remember on a daily basis. : ) I hope to take a class at Yoga to the People in NYC weekend.
On their website is the statement below-- now that is Yoga.

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