Yoga practice brings back the child in me and… I dream!
How often did you hear or did you say to your kids: “Stand up for yourself!”
But why would you, when you don’t know what yourself is? Do you remember being a child when adults constantly asked you:” What do you want to do when you grow up?” Then you may have answered with an open heart and joy! What was the reaction? “You can’t do that, you don’t want to do that, you have to be realistic!” This is the beginning of bullying and the end of the child in you.
I tested the impact of this question on my college students and asked them the same but with some variants. ” What is your dream career, what do you REALLY want to do, if there were no obstacles at all, when you grow up?” They had to write their answer. Then, I asked them: ” What are you studying?” On a group of 75 students only 4 are studying what their dream career is. Whoa! What is wrong with our society?
That’s when I realized that when you stop identifying yourself to what others tell or told you, you should be and decide TO BE YOU, then real transformation occurs. But children don’t know that. So are we bullying them?
As a yogi and teacher, I realize that most of us find the REAL ME by showing up every day on the mat. Without judgement, just by being, transformation occurs. On the mat, you learn to open your heart and feel safe. You learn to be a child again.
At times hilarious and haunting, poet Shane Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it’s like to be young and … different. “To This Day,” his spoken-word poem about bullying, captivated millions as a viral video, which was created, crowd-source style, by 80 animators. Here, he gives us a glorious, live reprise with a backstory and violin accompaniment by Hannah Epperson.