I used to think that world peace simply required better communication between peoples and lands and a fair distribution of wealth–as if this was simple. What I realize now is that what many wise people have long said peace is only possible when each us has the courage to look at what we fear, what angers us and why we long for more than we need. I also believe, deep down, we are a peaceful people. We just need to keep remembering and practicing our peace.
And one simple movement to practice peace is the Dru heart breath. Many of the Dru yoga sequences include the Anahata (which translates as heart) breath. I confess that I love seeing my students do this movement. They do it so tenderly and seem immediately to be calm and aware. It’s a movement I associate with mindfulness and peace. It’s a simple little practice one can do either at the beginning of the day or whenever you need to gently remind yourself that the you are peace.
- Place your feet hip-width apart with your knees slightly bent.
- Open your arms at heart level as if you are hugging a large tree.
- As you breathe in, bring your hand palms towards your chest, straightening your legs as you do so.
- Breathing out turn your hands over and push away with the palms, gently bending your knees.
- Repeat the movement five to ten times. You can also use these affirmations: I bring calm to me (hands coming to you), I smile and I give calm to others (hands moving outwards). I bring peace to me, and I send peace into the world.