it was sophia. she threw the first punch. the intended recipient of the punch, was amara. they were arguing about……hmmmm….something. i don’t know what (brett will have to fill in the details).
the irony here is that sophia is my wise yogini. and the truth of the matter is that even wise yoginis might feel like punching someone in the face.
last week (before the familyoga fist fight), sophia and i had this conversation (and yes, my kids are obsessed with star wars).
sophia said, “mom, i am in training to be a jedi. i want to have peace in my heart, and keep it there always.”
i said, “wow sophia! that sounds like important work you are doing.”
she said, “yes, it’s just so hard mom. i want to keep peace in my heart, but i get so mad at people, especially when they call me names.”
i said, ” i hear you sophia. it doesn’t feel good when someone calls you a name you don’t like. it sounds like you are being tested in your jedi training.”
she said, “i just want to hit people when they say or do mean things. i keep forgetting my jedi training. i want a jedi teacher to be with me all the time…..to help me remember to keep peace in my heart.”
i sighed. me too sophia, me too.
so, the little wise one is asking for a teacher (preferably yoda). and she already, at 5 years old, knows the difference between being reactive and being reflective. she knows she has the seeds of peace and contentment within her. she nurtures and waters those seeds. she also knows she has the seeds of anger and violence….and sometimes those get inadvertently watered as well. her journey/her quest is universal. it’s found in all of us. throughout time, and in every culture, are stories of the struggle of good over evil. sophia’s heart and mind (even her little tiny fists) are symbols of the choices we all face at some point in our lives. can we keep peace in our hearts, even when we’re tested by people who say and do mean things to us? will we remember our training? what seeds are we watering?
my darling daughter is on the (s)hero’s path. she is a yogini. she is a reflection of each one of us. she is a jedi (in training).
coming soon: the fist fight as an opportunity to explore the concept of non-violence (ahimsa) within our familyoga practice. peace out!