brexitSo the UK has voted to leave the European Union. I had considered the possibility so was surprised at how disappointed I felt when I heard the result on Friday. My main concern was how separatist and hostile it made my homeland seem, and already there are reports of an increase in hate crimes and verbal attacks. As a British person living in France, I can only imagine how terrifying this would be. Luckily, our French friends just think Brexit is hilarious and are guaranteed to dine out on this for a long, long time…

Despite the threat to our whole life here in France, it must be much harder living in the UK at the moment. But let us all remember that racism will not be tolerated. Let us make it clear that it will not be tolerated. Whatever the referendum result, decent people are still in the vast majority. No one knows exactly what will happen now so there is no point worrying about it. What we can and should be doing is spreading enough love and tolerance around to extinguish any smouldering embers of hatred.

Thank you to Christine, a French yoga student of mine, for reminding me of this wonderful story…wolf

One evening, an elderly Cherokee brave told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said: “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace love, hope serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.” The grandson though about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee simply replied: “The one that you feed.”

Feed your good wolf. Abundantly and with all kinds of delicious tidbits. And while you’re at it, give some to your neighbour’s good wolf too.

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