what is god for you?
mig. in the video you were asked what god is for you. is there something you wish to add?
ls. no, i think what i said pretty much sums it up.
mig. is the word god controversial for you? if yes why?
ls. i mean, i would say it’s not controversial for me personally. but in my work, i talk about god a lot. i tend to use the term 'the divine', because people have a lot of conditioning, and they can often find the word god very triggering. they have been conditioned in several different ways, some people have been conditioned by a religious upbringing, and it might have been traumatising for them, and some people have been conditioned actually by a secular family, where talking about god might have been considered non-sensical, and crazy or stupid. i see a lot of people in the yoga room who are really looking for something. they’re looking for some vital core of their life, they’re looking for words to talk about it. the minute you drop the word god the mind comes in and it shuts everything down. so what i’m trying to do is to really talk about this core of reality that goes past that, and that lets people kind of access something that is more real to them. sometimes i talk about life itself, with a capital l. so there are different ways, but i like the term ‘the divine’, as it feels very encompassing. a lot of people hear ‘god’ and just think of a guy in the sky, and that’s not how i practice, it’s not how i teach, that’s not what i sense and know.
mig. do you think of religion when you hear the word god? if yes, why?
ls. i can’t say that religion doesn’t come through, but it’s one of many things.
mig. do you believe everything happens for a reason, or are we the reason why things happen?
ls. ehm, both and more.
mig. define love. what does love mean for you?
ls. haha, it’s like ‘hit this target that is moving at the speed of light’, that’s what you just asked me. i’m continually trying to define love, and trying to find it in more places. actually the whole theme for my life in 2014 is a practice of loving and being loved. so i’m really searching for the answer to this.
mig. do you think love is something all life forms share?
mig. what in your opinion can make a relationship last a whole lifetime?
ls. a really really really broad spectrum sense of humour. i think it takes a number of things, like a great sense of the absurd. in a relationship it strikes me that you’re gonna see everything in the spectrum of humanity in the space of the relationships, as far as i’ve seen or experienced in my own relationships. it seems to be two things i would say then. a serious sense of humour and the absurd, a willingness to just laugh in the face of the whole ‘f-ing’ show. and just a real ability to stay with it. staying with it is huge.
mig. what have you learned about life so far?
ls. there is always more, it keeps surprising me. it’s really challenging, it doesn’t get easier, and it’s so good that it doesn’t.
mig. how would you describe us/humanity today?
ls. oh ehm, a mess. it’s really easy to see that there is a lot of contraction and conditioning, trouble. there’s a lot of love too, but if you wanna talk about the state of the world now, then i see that it’s really upside down, backwards, back to front.
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