One of my favorite Hindu deities is Ganesha. He’s just so lovable.
Ganesha is a playful god with the head of an elephant. Ganesha makes me think of beginnings. He’s the remover of obstacles, the patron of the arts and sciences…Ganesha to me is friendly, congenial, your best buddy that’s there to support you and call you out.
I always take some time on Sunday evenings to gather my thoughts and plan out my week ahead. Usually, this planning gives me calm, as I reconnect with my priorities, and figure out my action plan for the week.
Last Sunday though, my weekly planning was accompanied by some self-doubt. A few of the activities on my agenda, some positive and some not-so-positive, tested my comfort zone. Looking at them on my calendar gave me a little squirmy feeling, and I found myself asking “can you really handle this?”
This squirmy feeling reminded me a lot of my first stand up paddleboard yoga class, which I took last fall. A stand up paddleboard is essentially a big, heavy surfboard, and just like it sounds, you do a yoga class on one of these. In the water. Talk about testing your balance, especially with chilly lake water down below. Needless to say, these classes can add an extra layer of mental barriers and challenges to an already demanding yoga class. So, perhaps unsurprisingly, you walk into class with some feelings of squirmy anticipation.
As I shared recently, I have been dabbling in meditation for many years, and am currently trying once again to build a consistent practice. Over the last few days, this poem by Marianne Williamson has been popping up in my head again and again:
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.
The part of this poem I love the most:
We are all meant to shine
I love this quote because it is empowering for yourself, but I find it’s also an amazing reminder of how to treat others. We are all meant to shine. We are all equal. We all are worthy of respect and love.
For me, “we are all meant to shine” also means that we are all worthy of feeling happy and healthy.
We should exercise, and eat well, and rest, because we all have the capacity to be strong and feel awesome. “We are all meant to shine” is why we take care and honor our bodies. I have been using this idea of “shining” in my yoga teaching – there has been a lot of heart opening, lotus mudra, and empowering poses like Warrior 2.
But I wanted a more consistent reminder of this quote and the sentiment behind it. When I saw Austin Kleon’s custom lock screen, I thought it would be a great idea to make a wallpaper for this great quote! So, I created this little custom lock screen wallpaper for iPhone 5. Hopefully it will also resize nicely for other iPhone 4 or Android phones, but I am not a developer, so apologies if it’s a little crude!
To get the wallpaper on your phone:
Simply download this picture and save the image to the camera roll on your phone. Then, open your camera roll, select the photo and choose “set as wallpaper”. Note that you’ll need to resize the photo (zoom all the way out) to make it display correctly.
I am loving this makeover for my lock screen and homescreen, and I hope you like it too!
Also note – I am new at this custom wallpaper thing, so please let me know how the downloading goes!