Love is a color only the blind can see

Mural in Prague, Czech Republic

We need not be literally blind to experience Love, but I do think we have to release the perceived boundaries our sensory experiences impose upon us to experience the boundlessness of our true nature. In yoga, this freedom is called moksha – ultimate liberation. We withdraw from the senses (pratyahara), come into deeper contact with the landscape of our inner world, and touch the ineffable light of our own being.

Could those we’ve been taught to think of as disabled  be one step ahead of the rest of us on the journey to freedom? Thanks to her “blindness”, Caroline was forced to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and transcend the supposed limits of her capacity for sight. She had to discover a vision from within, an ability to see that came alive only in community with others. I would argue that her “disability” was what allowed her to see the truth of her highest self. We are, in our essence, only love.

“Being absolutely true to yourself is freedom. I never needed eyes to see — never. I simply needed vision and belief. And if you truly believe — and I mean believe from the bottom of your heart — you can make change happen. And we need to make it happen, because every single one of us — woman, man, gay, straight, disabled, perfect, normal, whatever — everyone of us must be the very best of ourselves.”

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Chelsea Roff is a writer by day and yoga teacher by night, a weaver of words as well as of asanas. She is Managing Editor at YogaModern.com, and her writing has been featured by Yoga Journal, Elephant Journal, Wanderlust Festival and the Hanuman Festival. Chelsea is passionate about using online media to inspire action that serves a greater cause -- whether it be the expansion of knowledge, support of our global community, or improvement of planetary and personal health. She travels the country teaching yoga in the most non-traditional of spaces, from cocktail parties to public protests to centers for at-risk youth. In Dallas, Chelsea helped start a yoga service organization that brings yoga classes to people in homeless shelters, juvenile detention centers, and prisons. Chelsea currently lives in Santa Monica, CA, where she can be found cartwheeling across the beach, hiking in the mountains, and practicing yoga poses on her little pink scooter.

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