Who among us doesn’t long for connection?
That old phrase “we are born alone, and we die alone,” might seem to be true, but as yoga teaches us, we are all one, and that feeling of disconnect is an illusion—albeit a persistent one (as Einstein said), but still the greatest cause of dukkha, or suffering.
This simple video of newborn twins captures the essence of yogic theory, and serves as a visceral reminder of our natural state, which is one of intimacy and communion.
Watch as a nurse cradles these sweet babies in a bath of warm water shortly after their birth. There is no dialogue to clutter the moment, no exposition; simply two freshly hatched creatures who know nothing of the world without each other.
They move in gentle harmony, arms and legs intertwined, twisting into themselves in the secret dance they have perfected in the womb. They yawn and nuzzle, exploring their microscopic realm and shifting their bodies tenderly to accommodate their natural union.
It is easy to imagine, or perceive, as I watch this, that every creature that exists is similarly locked within this sacred dance. All of us bumping and winding in an intricately choreographed gyration which is only interrupted when we fight the flow or forget that we are dancing all together.
Today, I will remember to dance with creation. I will do it with innocence and sincerity, as if I am an undamaged child of the great spirit—which I am. Which we all are.
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Editor: Jenna Penielle Lyons
Photo: Screenshot from video