My favorite Rumi poem begins:
“Come for today is a day of festival,
Henceforward joy and pleasure are on the increase.
Clap hands, say, ‘Today is all happiness,
from the beginning it was a manifestly fine day.”
It reminds me of when we were kids and we would spontaneously clap our hands together to celebrate ourselves. How great was that! To clap and celebrate ones own life is Yoga! The Dalai Lama weighs in when he says “the roots of all goodness lie in the soul of appreciation for goodness.”
When we symbolically clap hands by saying nice things to ourselves we are appreciating our innate goodness. Healthy self-esteem grows from recognizing our own gifts, unabashedly celebrating them, therefore making today a day of happiness, a really fine day.
On the other hand, if we seek approval and happiness outside ourselves, it sets us up for life-long disappointment. As Dr Wayne Dyer says “Every moment that you spend upset, in despair, in anguish, angry or hurt because of the behaviour of anybody else in your life is a moment in which you have given up control of your life.”
Today focus on how amazing you are, join me in clapping hands (even at the end of your next yoga class!) I know you might feel self-conscious at first, but I trust you can let go of any pretense and share the beauty and humor of your real self. Just try it, spontaneously increase your joy and appreciation for your life by clapping hands. I’m quite certain it will make you smile!
Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia