I don’t know about you but the management of the vaccination controversy from many governments in the world is unacceptable to me because it has only fueled discord in people, stressing everyone out which is the opposite of the yogic path of union on all levels!
Many of the vaccinated people fear the non-vaccinated are spreading the virus and many of the non-vaccinated fear the vaccinated are the cause for the spread of this virus.
On account of the information they received and believe by the scientists and people in their respective world, each group is convinced that they are absolutely right and they know better.
What if they were both right in some ways and wrong in some ways? How can the vaccinated know for a fact that the vaccine is protecting them in any way? How can the non-vaccinated know for a fact that the vaccine would be hurtful to them?
Whether we will get sick or not with or without the vaccine is such a personal issue to handle! It depends on our lifestyle and the quality of our immune system. It depends on where we live and how many people we interact with. It depends on our mindset about sickness and health. It depends on too many factors to truly know without the shadow of a doubt what is right for us, let alone what is right for someone else.
Besides, many people on both sides do what they do for themselves and for the greater good! So, they are not so different since they want the same thing in the end.
That is why, I applaud the Japanese government for recognizing that, and to allow everyone to decide for themselves what course of action they choose to handle this unprecedented situation: change of self-care habits, treatment or vaccine?
Although the Japanese government encourages people to get vaccinated, they also respect and offer their protection to those who choose not to get vaccinated for their own personal reason. They state that they disapprove of companies firing their employees on account of their vaccination choice and they will protect all citizens whatever their choice. It touches my heart!
After Hiroshima, they have been very careful to not repeat people being hurt and their civil rights being disrespected by government actions. They are proving by their approach to this situation that they have not forgotten where violence leads, and they are determined to avoid it at all costs. Bravo for this humanitarian sensibility that is getting lost day after day since the vaccination controversy started.
In America, it all started and, underneath, remains to be seen by many as a political debate which is very wrong. It has gone way past politics by now, and it is all a complicated mess. Biden claimed that he would be the president of all Americans. That is what I would like to see happen. The Japanese showed us the way: common sense rather than narrow-mindedness, non-judgmental cooperation rather than entitlement and division!
Given that everything I teach is founded on “Integrated Functioning”, I can only see the division around the vaccination issue as “dysfunctional” and pregnant with more trouble to come if we do not wake up. Integrated functioning of body parts is what creates harmony in the body and prevents chronic tension or pain. Integrated functioning of mind, body, heart, and soul is what creates more joy and centeredness in the running of our lives, and integrated functioning of individuals in their communities and countries is what promotes peace on earth. It is in essence, the yogic path at its best!
So, let’s rethink how we work together towards a peace on earth goal. How can we promote peace rather than controversy? How can we question ourselves rather than others? How can we put ourselves in other people’s shoes to realize we have more in common with them that we think and that no one owns the absolute truth? How can we let Trust overshadow Fear?
Let’s be a little less afraid and a little more trusting and see how we can make a difference, one individual at a time!
Cécile Raynor has been teaching for 30 years, published the Wise Way to Yoga as well as numerous articles, and she was featured several times both on TV and on an “Expanded Awareness” radio show. Her blog has been read by thousands of people in over 100 different countries. Her work is based on the Alexander Technique, the best-kept secret of Olympic athletes and famous performers. They swear by it because it allows them to perform at their best with optimal safety. Although it is now commonly used by everyone. She also created the Body Intelligence Activation Process™, a mind, body, heart and spirit work that affects her students in all aspects of their life as they experience increased wellbeing.
Cécile has been helping people with poor posture, chronic muscular tension and pain, joints issues and headaches reclaim their ease of movement, their natural good posture, and the joy and peace of mind brought by well-being. She has also been a mentor for many students interested in embodied and integrated personal growth.
Cécile can be reached by responding to this blog or by contacting her through her website: https://cecileraynor.com/