I ran outside to see the super moon
My eyes caught only fire flies, and that’s when I realized
Like the moon, we are all mirrors for the sun, specks of stardust
I ran outside holding withered roses, cursing the thorns in my haste
That is when I tasted the truth that my lips don’t only produce diamonds and flowers, but toads and vipers too
I was only kidding myself that just because I act selfless, doesn’t mean I don’t have selfish desires
Narcissism is the sharpest edge of the empathic knife with which I forge through life
If I didn’t possess any of those qualities, how could I have attracted those types to me?
With renewed gratitude, I love my humble husband
The only thing he fills my hands with are his own, and that is enough
After the last dish was washed I ran outside, overwhelmed with anger and grief for what I cannot undo
I struck a chair pose, sitting into my discomfort until my thighs burned and my mind emptied and my excess energy evaporated upward, toward the super moon
My yoga teacher said
May you live in the heart
May you light up the dark
May you live in the now
May you flow with the Tao
May you bless up
And never come down
My yoga teacher said,
‘Our generation is the smartest one yet, we have all the information we could ever need at our fingertips, yet we still aren’t enlightened- we can’t take 3 steps without melting down’.
What I wanted to say to my yoga teacher after class, but didn’t due to my lingering shyness was that we are in the process of becoming enlightened, and yoga teachers are an important part of the sacred process of enlightening others, whether they realize it or not:
One by one, enlightened people share their light with others
As if passing a flame from candle to candle
The glow grows without end, multiplying infinitely.
Sharing our inner light with our fellow beings does not diminish our own glow, but builds a safety net in case our own flame is temporarily blown out- we have a friendly neighbor with a bright source to rekindle us again.
Because we have paid it forward, we have propagated a culture of generosity and abundance.
Let your light shine.
Yoga is a key part of my healing journey. It has changed my relationship with myself and with the world.
To my yoga teacher, I bow in deep gratitude for how they share their light with the world.
To all teachers everywhere across time and space; thank you, and namaste.