THE GENIUS THAT YOU ARE!
FEBRUARY 16, 2009: Every single one of you is vitally important to the universe. You are genius! The world needs your genius now more than ever before. In yogic terms all human beings have within themselves the same essence of consciousness and one attribute of consciousness is genius. Yoga asana and pranayama help us remove the mucky muck that impedes our alertness to our inner genius. As Buckminster Fuller says, “Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them.”
So this practice performed regularly helps you reveal your best self. It will help you live more fully realizing your greatest potential. Yoga is a process of helping you become who you really are. As Dr Dyer writes in power of intention, “If you bring forth what is inside you, what you bring forth will save you. If you don’t bring forth what is inside you, what you don’t bring forth will destroy you.” Whether you want to or not life is moving forward. Leo Buscaglia writes, “The easiest thing in the world to be is what you are, what you feel. The hardest thing to be is what other people want you to be, but that’s the scene we are living in. Are you really you or are you what people have told you you are? If you are interested in really knowing who you are because if you are, it is the happiest trip of your life.”
In class we talked about the shared characteristics of those whom we all honor as bringing forth their genius into the world like Jonas Salk, Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Mozart, Madam Curie. More was offered in class with the poses serving as the true contexualization of the philosophical but in brief qualities such as trust in your inner wisdom, optimism, spirituality, simplicity, appreciating the genius in others, joy for life, love for what you’re doing, self-love, love for what makes you unique and special (honor your funkiness). Finally at the end of practice we pulled this together by practicing a gratitude meditation. Gratitude is where what you know and what you intend for your life merge. I hope the written journaling you did at the beginning and end of class on your immediate and longer term intention offered each of you great insight. May we all be grateful for gratitude expands us! It is in the state of expansion that our genius will surface most easily. You are wonderful you guys! Love to you all, Silvia
DO YOU! NO LONGER DOUBT YOURSELF
JULY 23RD, 2008: So on Tuesday night I was watching a show called "Shear Genius" on Bravo. The deal is that hairstylists compete for a grand prize survivor style. The main challenge on this night was teaching regular women how to style their own hair. The woman who self-styled her own hair the worst lost - her stylist then was out of the competition. Bummer that we have so little confidence in ourselves that we don't even believe we can style our own hair, you know? We don't know how to be as we are.
Dr. Wayne Dyer writes, "the greatest mistake we make, which causes a loss of self-respect, is making the opinions of others MORE IMPORTANT than our own opinion of ourselves." Even the word self-respect pretty much says it all, it originates from the self. Yogis have always recognized all we need is within us. These days it takes a great deal of courage to DO YOU (as Russell Simmons writes in the book of the same name which encourages "staying true to who you are.")
I hope your yoga helps you learn to make sensitive adjustments in your thoughts, in your actions and that this helps you take responsibility for doing YOU. Ultimately I wish that you no longer doubt yourself and stop withholding self-love. I leave you the words of Mark Twain, "A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval." Give it to yourself now, as you are. LOVE YOU! Silvia