But of course! It was meditation all along that will bring peace to the Middle East, not war! Alas, a kooky possibility? Yes we said it. But it’s only because of this article from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal about the Sola Yoga Project, started by Amandine Roche, a French aid worker who was briefly detained by the Taliban after 9/11, and who was so moved by the lack of viable solutions that she turned to yoga to find answers.
Ms. Roch recruited Mr. Alborzian, or Yogi Cameron, as he’s most familiarly known, to join the cause, heading out to Afghanistan to meet with army generals, prison guards, inmates and Afghan ministers. Famous for his supermodel status, being the pants melty star of Madonna’s “Express Yourself” video, and Ellen’s live-in guru (or yours for $30,000 a week), Iranian-born Yogi Cameron is optimistic that the project could do some good, and perhaps even end the insurgency.
“The achievement would be: American soldiers meditate, Taliban meditate and, in jails, they meditate together,” Mr. Alborzian said. “One is on one side of the bar, the other is on the other side of the bar. You are both in jail—and you can find the peace in it together.”
Reception is iffy, but hey, at this this point almost everyone is open to trying any solution that could maybe, possibly (please?) work and not cause more death, doom and destruction.
“It sounds a bit crazy…but who can’t be supportive of someone that wants to teach the principles of nonviolence?” said Norine MacDonald, working in Afghanistan as president of the International Council on Security and Development, a nonprofit research group.
We think it’s a valiant effort and wish the best to the Sola Yoga Project on their mission of peace, whether it’s accepted or not. Kali knows they’ve been doing a bang up job over there so far, and a bit of consciousness couldn’t do any worse. Chin up.