PHOTO FROM GETTY IMAGES/JEFF CURRY
Yesterday was the first solar eclipse in nearly a century that had a path of totality (yep, I had to look that one up, too) spanning from the Pacific to the Atlantic. That, in itself, is pretty cool. Right on Mother Nature! But there was something almost more noteworthy to me that happened.
Think about this.
Thousands and thousands of people were outside doing the same thing at the same time, and they all had the same goal- to watch Mother Nature do her thang. There was no attention on color, race, age, or gender preference. No division of income status or political views. No judgement of vegan or paleo, Lululemon or Under Armour. Everyone was simply being human. Curious humans.
Sadly, I was in bed with no eclipse in sight, and Hawaii didn't have the best viewing conditions. Nonetheless, it was a pretty cool feeling to know that so many people were doing the same thing at the same time with the same intention. Common ground. How powerful is that??!
And then I started thinking.... This isn't so different from what happens in a yoga class. We all show up for our own reasons. Some of us show up out of habit, others to get a workout, and others to find deeper connection. The list goes on. Regardless of why we go to class, we all show up with the same intention to move and breathe TOGETHER. It doesn't quite feel the same when you do it alone (although that can be another equally powerful feeling). Moreover, so many of us continue to show up to class over and over again. It's almost like mini-eclipses happening all week!
All jokes aside, there's something to be said about the power of numbers. Imagine the impact we'd have if we shifted our common intention to something beyond simply watching the sun dance its way through the sky.