The Dillon Principle

Early (um, really early, 5:40a.m) last Thursday morning, Ron and I were sitting in a plane on the runway in Philly. A young man, about five or six years of age was flying solo for the first time. His grandparents were meeting him in Little Rock. The flight attendant took especially good care of Dillon, explaining to him about noises he would hear, what to do if he needed her, and she even gave him a tour of the cockpit and introduced him to the pilot. Several passengers around Dillon were caught-up with the conversation. Dillon was a really cute little boy and obviously ready to travel. He had his carry-on suitcase and his ID hanging around his neck. Clearly, he was taking in the entire experience with child-wonder. Shortly after he was settled in, and as additional passengers were still boarding, the fight attendant seated another solo-child traveler next to Dillon. This young man was about ten or eleven years old and it was obvious this was not his maiden voyage. He sat down, handed his teddy-bear to Dillon, then buckled up. Taking his teddy-bear back, he stated to Dillon that he should pay careful attention to the flight attendant, told him where the restroom was located, and the said, “don’t worry because Southwest airlines never crash.”

As the plane was leaving the runway, Dillon was looking out the window and with childlike amazement said, “WOW…this is so cool. You can see the WHOLE world from up here!” Ah, and isn’t it true? A slight change in perspective has the potential to change the way we view and react to “our whole world.”

And so it is when we practice Yoga. A slight shift in shoulder proximity allows us to expand our heart and chest a bit more. Placing our attention on our breathing begins to calm our mind and body. A shift in our attitude from, “I could never do that” (whatever THAT is) to, “I can open or soften a bit more,” can change our entire being.

I’ve shared this little story with almost every class since last Thursday and have received great feedback, so I’ve decided to call this “The Dillon Principle.” Because, when we begin to allow ourselves permission to shift, we really can see, and maybe even change, our whole world.

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