What does it mean to be a hero? The word has become quite mixed up with ideas of war and domination. But heroic qualities, such as courage and strength, take a very different meaning when you look at them through the lens of Yoga.
Our minds pull us into battle all the time with people, institutions or things. But fighting with things outside of you is just a distraction from the real battle within. This is the timeless battle that was outlined in the Bhagavad Gita, one that asks us to put the mind and ego in their right size and place. Being heroic in a battle like this requires us to put down the weapons of our ego and embrace the unity between us and all other forms of life. It may sound easy, but this journey takes deep fortitude.