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Yoga Can Help You Heal

Yoga and other spiritual teachers respond to the terrorist attacks with thoughtful and inspiring words of compassion. And New York yogis unite to help each other heal.

"Now you know the worst
we humans have to know
about ourselves, and I am sorry,

for I know that you will be afraid.
To those of our bodies given
without pity to be burned, I know

there is no answer
but loving one another,
even our enemies, and this is hard."

—from "To my granddaughters who visited the Holocaust Museum
on the day of the burial of Yitzhak Rabin,"
Wendell Berry, from A Timbered Choir

In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, many of us are struggling to find meaning in our suffering and to keep our hearts from hardening. Here is a list of links to thoughtful and inspiring words of compassion from yoga and other spiritual teachers:

The Dalai Lama's letter to the President

Thich Nhat Hanh on "The Way of Peace"

Transcript of Thich Nhat Hanh's public talk at the Riverside Church in New York City on September 25, 2001, "Embracing Anger"

Thich Nhat Hanh's poem "Please Call Me by My True Names"

William Faulkner's Nobel Prize acceptance speech, 1950

Georg Feuerstein on yoga and terrorism

New York yogis: Click here for a list of free yoga classes helping the city's residents to heal.

We at Yoga Journal dedicate our practice to those we lost on September 11, 2001, and to those who loved them.

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