Today, the longest day in the northern hemisphere, is International Day of Yoga.
The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on 27 September 2014. He stated:
“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”
To mark the day, I am going to devote my practice to consideration of my oneness with others, the world and nature. It is easy to see the differences and separateness between us rather than the connections. Feeling different and separate is a major cause of mental health struggles.
Today I will also be making a donation to Samaritans in memory of friends lost. For those struggling to cope, every day can feel like the longest day. Please use the link below if you would also like to donate.