I watched the finals of the boys Little League World Baseball championship this weekend. The teams that played each other were South Korea and Honolulu Hawaii. Before the big championship game the Hawaii coach, Gerald Oda, got his team together and said to his players: “You are going to have the greatest joy, the greatest moment, the most fun. Whatever happens today, just love each other and hug each other today. Have a great game!” He never mentioned winning or even playing their best. He only spoke about the feelings he wanted them to experience and share!
Then his team won the championship! He gathered them together and said” Okay guys be humble, remember, humble, go and greet the Korean team’s fans.” Then his team went and hugged the other team. Usually teams shake hands. I have never seen a team hug another like that. Then they went over to the third base side of the playing field and waved and acknowledged their opponent’s families and fans. I have never seen this before. I was amazed. Wow, if those children could grow up and bring that sense of loving and humility to life, the world would have a better chance.
Someone remarked in a Yoga class that thinking whether we like or dislike a yoga posture is about attachment. While we are here in physical form it is a basic human experience to express our likes and dislikes. When we do, it is somewhat limiting in either case. It is almost labeling. However, it is richly human to do so. I choose to continue to compliment, tell others they are great, acknowledge their divinity and let them know they are loved. I encourage us to choose to lift people up and encourage them to fulfill their greatness. I encourage us to speak up when we experience things that are not loving and supportive. I encourage us to take a stand when others are being treated unfairly. While we are in the body, let us be in the body with all of our heart, mind and spirit. From my human heart to yours, Thomas