Love: Medicine of Modern Times

When we think of love, we often think of romantic love; a couple leaning in towards one another, luscious reds, chocolate treats, sparkly objects and the hint of tenderness, passion, and intimacy. This is only one of the many flavors of love which include: forgiveness, generosity, kindness, joy, equanimity, patience, and radical acceptance.

Farah Nazarali– 2020 VYC Teacher-

Farah Nazarali is a yoga teacher and Trainer, podcast producer and advocate of yogic practices that support healing. She is the founder of Drishti Point Yoga Podcasts and has spent hundreds of hours interviewing and studying with Master Teachers. She currently teaches workshops, Retreats, and Trainings and is host of In Conversation: the Podcast of Banyen Books and Sound. In her spare time, she can be found ocean bathing or forest-gazing in her home in Nanaimo BC. www.drishtipoint.ca

When we think of love, we often think of romantic love; a couple leaning in towards one another, luscious reds, chocolate treats, sparkly objects and the hint of tenderness, passion, and intimacy. This is only one of the many flavors of love which include: forgiveness, generosity, kindness, joy, equanimity, patience, and radical acceptance.

In addition to these profound loves, in yogic and buddhist Lineages, a higher order of love is illuminated.

Bhakti is devotional love; a love that connects us to the source of life and finds expression in reverence, awe, humility, and loving service. The most popular expression of bhakti is kirtan; singing praise to the deities who embody the virtues and give us inspiration to live with integrity and love. Chanting mantras opens our hearts uses the vibration of sound to create health, happiness, and inner harmony. Kirtan, the yogic version of gospel music,  is incredibly uplifting; generating freedom from thinking  and connection to a higher power.

On the other hand, bodhicitta is a love that connects us to one another. It is sometimes defined as the love of a mother for her only child turned outwards towards all living beings. It is a love that recognizes the sacred inter-connectedness of life and that none of us are free until all of us are free. Bodhicitta is a selfless love that chooses compassion instead of self-liberation and loving service instead of bliss.

Bhakti and bodhicitta are the two orders of love that generate a profound and sustaining happiness. In this modern world where the Earth is in crisis, violence and injustice rampant, and divisive ideologies predominate, bhakti and bodicitta provide the alchemy that is needed for a miracle. We are in need of nothing short of a miracle and yoga love is the answer and the way.

Join Farah at the Victoria Yoga Conference for one of her workshops on love. www.drishtipoint.ca/yoga