MLK Quotes to Fuel Your Practice

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! I’ve had the joy of celebrating this amazing, service-filled life for about a week now as I worked with fellow elementary school teachers to plan lessons and learn about what has been effective in social justice education. Then, today, I attended a yoga class where MLK’s legacy was ever-present as well. It was so cool to see the malleability of this great man whose footprint is left on classrooms, yoga studios, NYC graffiti, and peoples’ hearts.

Here are some of his humbling, gorgeous words to fuel your practice for days to come, grouped by category of yoga philosophy!

Dharma: Purpose

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

A riot is the language of the unheard.

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.

Guru: From Darkness to Light / Teacher

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

Ahimsa: Nonviolence

Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.

We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit.

Isvara Pranidhanadva: Devotion

You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

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