Autism as a path to Love

This uplifting video, http://www.wimp.com/autisticgirl/ , is about Carly, who has severe autism.  She had such a great desire to share herself–her Self–that after 11 years of not speaking/communicating (except through behavior), she suddenly began typing on her computer, writing about her life. The expression of her profound understandings are something to behold. What a great amount of love she has– letting those of us who are “slower” (so-called normal) have a peek at what her world is like.

Watching this video brought up new ideas and questions within me. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could learn from this?  Not just to feel good that she broke into our world and gave us a glimpse of her world.  But to realize the opportunity to see life through the eyes of someone who doesn’t play by the usual rules–to see the magic they have to offer. And to take it one step further: She made the effort to communicate in a form that is easy for us regular folks to understand.  Can we make an effort to accept and find the glory in all the various paths that a soul might take?  And from that point of view, communicate in the language of love?

By | 2011-02-16T03:58:15+00:00 February 16th, 2011|appreciation, autism, awareness, Children's Yoga, meditation, notes from Shakta|5 Comments

About the Author:

Shakta is an AMS certified Montessori teacher, and the author of five well-known Yoga books, CDs and DVDs. Her latest book, The Yoga Way to Radiance: How to Follow Your Inner Guidance and Nurture Children to do the Same, is scheduled for release in summer of 2016, (Llewellyn Worldwide)
 
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5 Comments

  1. Allison Morgan February 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    Your blog brings up some VERY important things to consider when working with, caring for and believing in these amazing children. A friend of mine once said, “They are here to teach us all something. We just have to be awake enough to hear what it is.” I suppose Carly is one of those miraculous souls that found a way through OUR studipity (maybe ignorance is a better word).
    Allison

  2. Siri Mukta February 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Shakta. Thank you for sharing this video. It is so important people understand and treat ALL children with love and respect. Carly has made it clear what she wants for her Self and other children. It is up to us to LISTEN and continue to provide loving, respectful and nourishing interactions. LOVE can conquer anything. Carly’s parents loved HER as she was. They never gave up on her. We need to learn from this and continue our loving work with Radiant Children. Siri Mukta

  3. Siri Mukta February 16, 2011 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Thank you Shakta for sharing this. It is so important we treat ALL children with love and respect. Carly has made it clear what she needs for her SELF and other children. It is up to us to LISTEN and provide loving, respectful, nourishing and unconditional interactions with all children. Love is powerful. Her parents never gave up on her. We need to learn from this and continue our loving work with these Radiant children. Siri Mukta

  4. ronit Vardi December 28, 2011 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    what are the things you would do with autistic children in yoga?

    • radiantchildyoga December 31, 2011 at 1:14 am - Reply

      Gosh, there are so many things I could say! Basically honor them as the unique soul they are, and put the diagnosis in the back of your brain just to be used when it will enhance what you are doing–for example–1. use visuals–pictures of the yoga or animals you are using for yoga 2. make it sequential and logical (“now we are doing this pose (show the picture), now we are done (picture is laid down), 3. Catch them doing something well (this is number one), and slow down enough to find what sparks their enthusiasm and do more of that! Radiant Child Yoga training is one of the very best things I can recommend to you as the teacher and parent–both the basic level 1-3 and the ADHD/Autism module. Also Yoga Warrior Cards are fantastic–see them on http://www.childrensyoga.com shop.

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