It’s funny how the smallest gesture can mean a great deal. The Yoga philosophy teaches us this principle. When we plant a seed of kindness or do a good deed for others, it allows us to see something equally as good in our future. Often, the smallest gesture of goodwill can mean a great deal to someone who is suffering. Often, I see the same clients on a weekly basis. After class, one client looks me in the eye, and says “Thank you for coming”. In the way he looks at me, and his sincere way, I know he is grateful for this practice of yoga. I don’t think he has any idea how those simple 4 words make my day. When I’m tired, his thought lifts me up. Those words give me strength to hone my skill of teaching. Those words give me power to be the best I can be at every class. Simply put, those words bless me.
Two boys walked down a road that led through a field. The younger of the two noticed a man toiling in the fields of his farm, his good clothes stacked neatly off to the side.
The boy looked at his older friend and said, “Let’s hide his shoes so when he comes from the field, he won’t be able to find them. His expression will be priceless!” The boy laughed.
The older of the two boys thought for a moment and said, “The man looks poor. See his clothes? Let’s do this instead: Let’s hide a silver dollar in each shoe and then we’ll hide in these bushes and see how he reacts to that, instead.”
The younger companion agreed to the plan and they placed a silver dollar in each shoe and hid behind the bushes. It wasn’t long before the farmer came in from the field, tired and worn. He reached down and pulled on a shoe, immediately feeling the money under his foot.
With the coin now between his fingers, he looked around to see who could have put it in his shoe. But no one was there. He held the dollar in his hand and stared at it in disbelief. Confused, he slid his other foot into his other shoe and felt the second coin. This time, the man was overwhelmed when he removed the second silver dollar from his shoe.
Thinking he was alone, he dropped to his knees and offered a verbal prayer that the boys could easily hear from their hiding place. They heard the poor farmer cry tears of relief and gratitude. He spoke of his sick wife and his boys in need of food. He expressed gratitude for this unexpected bounty from unknown hands.
After a time, the boys came out from their hiding place and slowly started their long walk home. They felt good inside, warm, changed somehow knowing the good they had done to a poor farmer in dire straits. A smile crept across their souls.
So, how can you be a blessing to others? How can you express gratitude? How can you go out of your way, to make someone else feel special? Look for simple ways. Those ways can affect others profoundly. Everytime you come to class, in every class, even when you don’t know me, your support blesses me, my family, my teachers, the growth of yoga. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you very much!! May blessings come your way today!!