Contrary to what we often times believe, we make other people happy. Because of this, it is our duty to be as selfless as we can manage.
Inspired by D. George Secrist’s request during my yoga practice, and his subsequent giggle upon my acquiescence:
“Watch me, Mommy…Come ‘ere a second…Watch me!” he said, patting the step next to him.
I sat and watched him roll small metal and plastic cars and tractors down a blue yoga mat that had been unrolled along the bottom three stairs. Each time the cars landed on the carpet, he looked at me, waiting. And when I smiled, his shoulders squeezed up to his ears, and his giggle spilled out enormous amounts of love not just from his toes, but from his deepest core.
It is in moments like these that we live the truth of giving’s excellence over receiving.
The flip side, of course, is that if we make others happy, we also have the capability to make them unhappy. And so we must practice awareness at all times, not just when we feel like it. This is the hard work! This is yoga off the mat.