“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” ~Buddha

I received this message as part of a student teaching today. One of my teachers in training offered a beautiful experience to show her understanding of creating a yoga class with a theme.  Each of us received a randomly selected inspirational quote and shared it with the rest of the class throughout the session. My feeling about this ‘random selection’ is that it is not random at all, but instead completely and perfectly intended to suit the needs of the recipient. My theory continues to be verified based on the responses I heard today and have heard for many years, “This is exactly what I needed to hear!”

What a coincidence… Yeah, I don’t think so.

We wish and pray for the good stuff, yet inevitably receive a very mixed bag. Yet, upon closer inspection, through our practice of acute observation, might we find that those so-called undesirables are exactly what the Universe wanted us to receive all along? It is our willingness to listen to these ‘randomly-handed’ messages and to not quickly discard the ugly-wrapped package that allow for our lives to be guided in a way that is happy and fulfilling. Careful what you wish for; listen to the messages; and don’t judge a gift by its wrapping.

So today, apparently I needed to be reminded of a bit of self-attention. Hmm, interesting that after almost 2 years without steady exercise, I just splurged on a home practice DVD regimen and hmm, I booked a facial yesterday for tomorrow. What a coincidence…Yeah, I don’t think so.