Beyond the Surface

I have been following recent events in the USA. Having grown up in a small Pacific Island Country, I never really looked at the colour of someone’s skin. The only labels placed on me was the identification of “Other” or “Part European” on the school application forms my parents had to fill out in the mid 1980s. With the brutal killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, my thoughts of growing up being labeled as that Part European child has begun haunting my mind. Questions like am I a privileged person growing up in my community? What does privilege really mean? Or a label?

Society likes to put labels on people, places and things. The reason I chose to pursue a path of yoga and meditation is because both refer to the atman, real self, soul, union and action. 

My first experience meditating was at a lovely meditation centre in Suva; the Brahma Kumaris (BKs) meditation centre. They offered a free seven course, covering the topics of reincarnation, the soul and various life stages that we go through. We currently live in the iron age, which according to the BK’s is a form of hell. We will go through bad events before we reach Utopia/the golden age, where life is perfect. I tend to agree with this concept. I grew up a Christian, having been baptised in a local Presbyterian Church but currently identify myself as “Spiritual”. I was fortunate that my parents allowed me to explore yoga and meditation. As well, I am a practitioner of Heartfulness meditation which is headed by its leader affectionately known as Daaji and has the largest meditation centre in Kanha, South India. Heartfulness like the Brahma Kumaris is a global spiritual movement not restricted by religion or creed. Alright, I’m diverting a bit.

Going back to the topic of labels, I do feel that each society has its own expectations of how we should live and “be”. I consciously choose not to live this way and therefore, see everyone as a soul and everything really as a so called movie set. We are all born and play our roles on this earth for a short time. We can choose to delve into the drama or detach from it. But, I also will not tolerate any form of discrimination, racism or labels.

What are your thoughts on labels? Have you grown up being labeled and how did this make you feel?

Here is my “thought for the day” I chose a few days ago. Each morning before I start my day, I pick a card and try to reflect on the message.

One thought on “Beyond the Surface

  1. Thanks for choosing to publish this important piece…may all human beings realize the harm racism causes, and embrace diversity as the resilience of nature…

    On Tue, Jun 9, 2020 at 5:22 PM Ilana’s Heart Yoga wrote:

    > ilanasheartyoga posted: ” I have been following recent events in the USA. > Having grown up in a small Pacific Island Country, I never really looked at > the colour of someone’s skin. The only labels placed on me was the > identification of “Other” or “Part European” >

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