The very first time I was chosen to teach yoga, I was given one hour's notice. I walked into the room hoping to remember everything that I'd learned, everything that I wanted to say and convey. There was no time to be nervous, it was too little time to have even a thought of worry. They probably planned it that way because of my fear of public speaking... and thank goodness they did... because as soon as the students entered the room and I began to great them, my heart started to race with excitement and my face was smiling as much as my palms were sweating. However, the second I said, "Child's Pose, please." it all melted away and the only thing left was the students in my mind... guiding the students. I let my memory speak for me and my love and care for these 50 or so strangers listening intently on their yoga mats for every detail pulled me through with not a hint of the Self left to get in the way. When it was over, I was amazed at what had just happened. I'd only taught half the class before my tandem teacher took over, but it didn't matter. I did it. I left myself behind, cared only for the students, and was warmly welcomed. I spent the rest of class slowly walking around the room... adjusting and encouraging the students as the other teacher taught. His class was a lot harder than mine was going to be and you could see it in their faces when they looked to me, silent... but my excitement was so enormous that I could only smile in return and received a smiling reflection. When class ended, I returned to the front of the room to read the final quote and ring the quartz crystal singing bowl. I flipped through the book quickly and opened to a page... and at the top was this quote:
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
It was exactly what I needed at the time and hopefully it touched one or four or forty-five of those fifty or so students lying peacefully in savasana. They're great words to live by... since what you learn on your mat you take into your life and what you deal with in life you work out on the mat. They were an inspiration to be myself and to have that be enough.
So, on this birthday of dear Dr. Seuss, I wanted to share that story... and maybe that quote will be something you needed to hear... maybe it will bring you a smile... and maybe you will share it with friends and family... and perhaps together we can make a change, promote love, and help each other love ourselves a little more every day... giving way to a more peaceful future. And if you feel stuck at this time for whatever reason in your life, take these yogi-friendly words of advice from a man with a wise and brilliant imagination...
“If things start happening, don't worry, don't stew, just go right along and you'll start happening, too.” -Dr. Seuss
Hats Off to you, Sir!