Alignment Adjustment 3
By Claude Steiner
Happy Monday and thank you for reading my blog! Alignment Adjustment 3 is all about Warm Fuzzies. When I was in 2nd grade my teacher, Mrs. Dowell (who is still a part of my life, although I now call her Marita) read to us aloud. I remember 2 of these books vividly, but this one in particular changed my life. It is Warm Fuzzies by Claude Steiner. It contains such a universally important message (regardless of age) that if you were in my 200 hour teacher training, I read it to you during the business and marketing module.
Warm Fuzzies is a story about abundance. I won’t tell you the entire story, but the moral is that we all have something that is inherently ours and cannot be taken away. There is always enough and there is no need to worry that our particular gifts do not have a place in the world. Whenever we offer our gifts to others, we help build a better community and a better world.
At 7 years old, I was taught that I had something that, if I offered it out, it could help others feel good, just like everyone else. Every single person has a light. Celebrating and encouraging the light in others does nothing to dim our own lights, it only makes the world a brighter place. Sometimes this is a hard understanding to hold, even as yoga instructors and students. There are so many people out there who do beautiful and amazing things. What do we do when we are feeling insecure and insignificant?
When I having these particular thoughts, I know it is a sign that I have not spent enough time practicing. The beauty of yoga is that as you move, breathe, and unclog yourself, you start to see more of your own light. Every single person has this light, but it shines differently through us all. Our experiences, scars, choices, and beliefs stain us and make us like stained glass windows. We are all beautiful and slightly different. If you get all tied up because you think someone else’s window is more beautiful, you only dim the light through your own window. We only see the smaller picture. It’s the Divine perspective that sees how we all are necessary, and it takes each of us shining our light to make the picture complete.
I hope this serves as a reminder to celebrate your light as well as the light of others! Go and create and beautiful week!