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  • Writer's pictureGina

Spirituality and Loving One Another

So, of course, I am a yoga teacher. I think of myself as a spiritual person, while not being the person who attends church weekly this was how I was brought up; 8 am mass every Sunday! My brother never really embraced church or spirituality but I always have. The one thing I don't like is that church is just another institution. Anyone can be a church-goer but not everyone has spirituality. I think all religion is worth understanding, or maybe just being open-minded to. I also believe that religion has to come from one place because of all the similarities throughout them all. Below is a quote that I want to share. It is an ancient sanskrit mantra (or prayer):

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”

The saying above says it all. All people have the right to be happy and free. And unfortunately this is not true for everyone. People are sculpted by their surroundings, family, how they are raised. And for some people life is hard, unbearable, and maybe they have nothing to live for. As a human being who wants to make an impact on the world I think that every little bit helps. You don't know how much that acknowledgement to a stranger, like a "hello" or "good morning" means to a person. Especially if that person is going through hard times. A smile can go a long way. :)

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