What I see at Delight Yoga is that everything starts with awareness. The first time I attended an office-meeting I was very pleasantly surprised that, apart from sitting on a small cushion, we started the meeting with meditation. At Delight Yoga, this is just a normal weekly check-in to reconnect with ourselves and each other. I could truly feel the presence and connection of all participants. From there, we share and connect from a place of truth, goodwill and harmlessness.
This creates a communal understanding of what right intention we have, that is, taking care of the whole community: the students, teachers, hosts, the office-team, the suppliers, partners and even the shareholders. We all interact in different ways and forms and I feel that each should be entitled to walk their own path. If we can do that together without judgement and force, and rather with goodwill and harmlessness, this intention feels right.
The right intention in the current situation
Reading the explanation of the right intention, I was drawn to the word ‘renunciation’. Should one sell their worldly goods and live as a Hermit? Should one forget about the money side of the world to be able to follow the right intention? We live in a system and culture where money is a measurement of gain and status. They say “Money makes the world go round”, or rather, the absence stops it. In our case, the latter is recently a more frequent thought than the first, as we have, like many others, been closed since Mid March.
During the beginning of this crisis, Delight Yoga was the most wonderful environment to be in. The intention was to keep taking care of the community at large and weathering the storm together. However, when the storm endured, I could see that we were suffering. For some, it was the inability to see what would be next, for others the uncertainty of what was to come, but for many, the thing that prevailed most was the loss of interpersonal connection as this was closest to the intention of taking care of the community. With the growing absence of funds, my concern was very much about the longevity of Delight. Circumstances changed rapidly and it forced us all to adjust almost daily. We had to find new ways again and again, to sustain Delight Yoga. Bhikkhu Bodhi writes: