…That just depends. What defines us as individuals? My job or career? My character or personality? Where I live, was raised or was born? What about my ethnicity or heritage?
What is entailed is the precise and accurate response to such a question…Who is Lana?
In consideration, and with respect to cosmic unity, I am you; And you? You are me.
My job? How about my Dharma (google it)? I am a teacher. A Yoga Instructor. I have been immersed in the practice of Yoga for roughly ten years as of 2010, beginning at age 15. My first formal and official training as a Yoga teacher was in Santa Cruz East of Mumbai, India in 2008. I spent approximately one month at the Yoga Institute of Mumbai; The Oldest Organized Yoga Institute in the World. Of course this was the heading on their webpage at the time I decided to advance onwards and enroll in the 200hr training at the Institute. The Western approach to Yoga practice was not at all what I found at the Yoga Institute of Mumbai.
What I did find, is that Yoga is a way of life…as Devarshi, AKA Steven Hartman would say “Yoga is more than making an ASANA out of yourself.”
I later went on to complete a second 200hr Yoga Teacher training at Kripalu School for Yoga and Health…This experience is described in detail on my main page.
Prior to the advancement of my training as a certified Yoga instructor, my life has unquestionably been a series of events firmly rooted in the essence of Yoga.
As a child, the subtle progression through ages instead intruded with loud, colorful intervals of contrast. I had an upbringing similar to that of a gypsy-call it what you may; as I can clearly recall attending at least five separate elementary schools, resided under the roof of 13 separate homes, passenger to 11 varieties of cars…my upbringing has been nothing short of an exhilarating journey of life’s contrast.
There is no room for grievance in reminiscing, thus I will only tell the story from where I stand at this current moment with (seemingly) relevant facts of history.
As I have stated, many a time,
WE CREATE OUR REALITY.
In believing this statement as so, I have created my reality and what I have lived does not define me. I have not lost any appendages in war, in which case the former may be somewhat contingent upon.
If love and agreement are manifest in a single family, that family will advance, become illumined and spiritual; but if enmity and hatred exist within it destruction and dispersion are inevitable. This is likewise true of a city.
If those who dwell within it manifest a spirit of accord and fellowship it will progress steadily and human conditions become brighter whereas through enmity and strife it will be degraded and its inhabitants scattered. In the same way the people of a nation develop and advance toward civilization and enlightenment through love and accord, and are disintegrated by war and strife.
Finally, this is true of humanity itself in the aggregate. When love is realized and the ideal spiritual bonds unite the hearts of men, the whole human race will be uplifted, the world will continually grow more spiritual and radiant and the happiness and tranquility of mankind be immeasurably increased. Warfare and strife will be uprooted, disagreement and dissension pass away and Universal Peace unite the nations and peoples of the world. All mankind will dwell together as one family, blend as the waves of one sea, shine as stars of one firmament and appear as fruits of the same tree. (Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i World Faith – Abdu’l-Baha Section, p. 228)