Tuesday, January 20, 2009

First Yogi in Chief

Such a brilliant, poetic speech. Finally, a president who honors language! Who embodies the calm, centered, disciplined life pursued by yogis and meditators. One line really struck me:
Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends -- hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism -- these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths.
These same values (except patriotism) are part of the yogic path. Especially tolerance and curiosity. To walk the spiritual path required tremendous tolerance for uncertainty, discomfort, dark emotions, hard truths. And to stay curious, mindful, open to new insights, constantly striving to go beyond rigid concepts and see how things really are.

President Obama will be known not only for his remarkable accomplishments, but also for his way of being in the world. Whether or not we agree with his policies, his serene presence is an inspiration for us all.

After seeing Bush fly off in the helicopter, I feel calmer already.

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