On a recommendation from one of my teachers Patricia, I am reading Everyday Grace by Marianne Williamson-- a passage from her book struck me and I shared it with the flowers of JDC.
"For all darkness in the world stems from darkness in the heart. And it is there that we must do our Work. The universe is holographic, which means the whole is present in every piece. Therefore, as we address the shadow within us, we are addressing the shadow of the world. The Yogi does not deny the darkness, in ourselves or in the world but affirms the light that lies beyond it. And we have faith the light will prevail because we have faith that the light it our true identity. OUr task is to remember that. We invoke the light by actively acknowledging it is there."
There is a sweetness to the understanding that everyone NO MATTER what radiates light-- no matter how far into the darkness you travel, the light is prominently shining-- that is how you find your way.
We worked with Organic Energy and the understanding that you can be more than you think of yourself, stronger than you think, and above all else, know that your self esteem comes from the very fact that you were born-- your birth is a gift No Matter What!
The kids got it, they could really understand that at their core, they are beautiful, and that their decisions were bad, not themselves. That No Matter what their light shines brightly just because they were born.
It was a great practice with Ardha Chandrasana as the culmination of their sweetness and light--shining out from their center! They did great, everyone got up, everyone really tried -- I think that the acknowledgement of their ability to be strong and full of light in spite of their circumstances gave them the choice to believe it! Sometimes, you don't understand how beautiful you are until you see it in yourself!