One Atlanta-Based Yoga Teacher Shares Her Vision for What a Post-Coronavirus World Could Look Like
“We are temporarily closed and we will NOT be reopening Sacred Chill West”, says Octavia Raheem, despite the Governor of Georgia announcing plans to start opening the state. She said that they will open when there is scientific proof and data that supports that the pandemic is clearly in decline. They will open when there is a clear plan for testing throughout the state and nation. They will reopen when they know they will not be putting the most vulnerable and marginalized within their community at further risk. Their believe their practice demands that they consider more than selves at this moment in time. They believe that another world is possible if willing to face this unprecedented challenge with an open heart, integrity, and from a place of profound interconnectedness.
Inspired from this quote by Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things:
“Another World is Possible”
“Listen. We are descending into quiet. Being thrown into it, really. I hear a sound so striking in its silence that it has displaced us all. It has put us in our place.
We can no longer out run this without collectively slowing down. We can not profit from this without the bottom meticulously falling out. We can not package, sell, or otherwise capitalize on this without paying with our very own lives.
We can no longer be American in the way that we have learned to be:
Consumed with work
Away from our families while saying… family matters.
We can not out run this. The only way to beat this is to stop, now. And still. Some of us may lose.
There can be no screaming match here. If we keep yelling over everything and everybody we will miss it.
So stop. Really really stop. Go read. write. rest. take care. paint. cry. dance. love. sit in the rain. grieve. reconnect to the source of your strength. cook at home. call your elders. Pray. be transformed.
Please stop spinning. Please stop scrambling to be productive in the way that mattered yesterday.
Honor the lessons of yesterday and let everything else about that recent yet distant past fall away.
Something is happening NOW that demands that we are present for it.
If we keep going like nothing is happening. We will miss it.
It- being the world that is coming.
I’ve seen glimpses of it in my dreams.
Beloveds, it gets worse. My God, it does.
We get better. My God, we get better.
And then… hallelujah. glory.
It gets better as we get better.
It gets so much better.
Another world is possible.
We are descending into quiet.
Octavia Raheem, Co-owner of Sacred Chill West Yoga and Meditation studio in Atlanta, Georgia, as published in Yoga Journal.
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