The passage below is written by Marianne Williamson in her book, A Return to Love, although it has often been attributed to Nelson Mandela. I pulled it from my folder of keepers during the Anusara Yoga teacher training this summer. We were working with class theme development and the use of poems and quotes for inspiration. I chose to share a different passage that day, but I promised to share this one too. It gives great pause …
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
by Marianne Williamson
from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
I would LOVE for those of you who study and/or teach Anusara Yoga to share: For you, how does this passage relate to Chit Ananada? I see so many different angles open to interpretation and would enjoy your perspectives. So much to work with, so please chime in. My favorite line: “Your playing small does not serve the world.”
To read more about theme development for an Anusara Yoga class, check out my post from July: Develop a Heart-Oriented Theme.