“The buddy system is elemental for survival, because it will give the dark forces a different target to aim at.”
I heard the following story during the Integration of a Kundalini Yoga sequence and suddenly, I found myself playing a movie at my mind’s eye of an 18 years military career.
Moreover all the good things I have learned from it. Starting with structure. Not to mention the financial support provided during my college education completion and currently my son’s.
Besides gratitude, there is certainly other important good thing learned across my path: Teamwork and to feel honored by becoming part of both families.
Which are values encouraged within the yoga’s community.
As such is the reason for sharing this story.
When you see geese flying along in “V” formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way.
As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following.
By flying in “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. (Someone must have made a PHD) 🤔
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the trust of one another.
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.
If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who are headed the same way we are.
When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. (Everyone should develop leadership skills)
It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying south.
Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
What messages do we give when we honk from behind?
Finally (and this is important)
When a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. (Never leave a fallen comrade behind).
They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group.
If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.
Last but not least;
Always, always remember that it is a privilege to be part of a community or family…
Team work and the buddy’s system during Acroyoga practice.
“Semper Audietur et altera pars”
(Always listen to the other side or to your buddy)
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; CAI; CAHP; CCR; CCHP; CACR; SGC; MRT.