A yoga teacher of mine called Judith Hayes, (sadly no longer with us), used to recite this little blessing sometimes at the end of a class.
‘If there is righteousness in the heart,
There will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character,
There will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home,
There will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
There will be peace in the world’.
The only copy I could ever find of this simply said Author Unknown, but listening, as I do, to Jack Kornfield’s talks on Buddhism for Beginners, and The Roots of Buddhist Psychology, I discover that this blessing is a quote from Confucius.
To me, one of the joys of yoga (which I think I might also describe as a Psychology) is that it is hopeful. When you look at the news on TV, or read the newspapers, there is so much suffering in the world and you are just one person – what can you do? Well, you can start with this little blessing – put righteousness in your heart and watch the ripple effect.
I think it was the Dalai Lama who wrote that if you think small things have no effect – try sharing your bed with a mosquito!