A Grinch Repost for the Holidays!

This post was originally published on November 30, 2011.

How the Grinch Found Yoga

The lesser known story of the Grinch. It wasn't just the Whos that made his heart grow three sizes. 


The Grinch 

The Grinch heard a sound rising over the snow.
It started in low, then it started to grow.

Om. 

Om.

This sound wasn't sad!
This sound sounded glad!

Every yogi was oming, the tall and the small,
They were singing their presence - the om was the call!

No noise could stop them. The peace - it still came!
No matter what language, it sounded the same!

And the Grinch, with his grinch feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling. "How could it be so?

It came without mats! It came without clothing!
It came without jealousy, fighting and loathing.

He puzzled and puzzed till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.

Maybe yoga, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
Maybe yoga, perhaps, means a little bit more!

And what happened then? Well, most yogis say,
That the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day!

And then the true meaning of yoga came through,
And the Grinch found the strength of ten Grinches, plus two!

And now that his heart didn't feel quite so tight,
He could breathe into life and find peace day and night.

With a smile to his soul, he descended Mount Crumpit
Cheerily blowing "Just Breathe" on his trumpet.

He tried out the poses and did oujjii breathing.
He sampled yoga to music and all kinds of heating.

His heart started to grow, he made space all around,
He said "this place on my mat is the best place I've found."

His life started to change, though it started out slow.
Peace at home and at work, it all started to show.

Welcome Yogis. Bring your cheer,
Cheer to all people, far and near.

Peace and calm is in our grasp
So long as we have hands to clasp.

Our practice it will always be
Just as long as we have we.

Welcome yoga, while we stand
Heart to heart and hand in hand
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The Grinch had it right. It is about standing heart to heart, and hand in hand. In yoga, and in life. 

No matter what you believe, we have a choice to make this holiday season one of peace and joy. 


 

With many thanks to the wise and wonderful Dr. Seuss, who has provided the outline for this post. Maybe he was a yogi. If not, I think he might still understand. He did after all, have a fantastic sense of humor. And if you look at his books, I think you might see quite a few arm balances in there!