Yesterday morning I went into the local juvenile detention center to share yoga, meditation, and relaxation. There was a young male, probably no more than 12 or 13-years -old, who had never tried yoga. About ten minutes into the practice, he asked me what starts to happen the more you practice yoga. I started to explain how you relax more, the mind starts to have greater clarity, and you start to feel better. He paused, and then said, “Oh, you mean radiance.”
I don’t hear many people use this word, much less a young male. I was speechless. I nodded my head in wonder and gratitude. And I thought how each one of us knows this is a part of us, this radiance. Do we forget as we get older? Do we believe others when they try and make us smaller? We’re born knowing this beautiful part of us exists. The young man was right, the more we practice yoga or meditate, the more this radiant part shines through.