A Toast To John Friend. ~ Cheryl Crawford

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on May 30, 2011
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John Friend, Anusara.com

Hey Breads!

Have you always wanted to glow from the inside out? Want to be a stable presence for the cold butter types to just melt away their hardness? Want to be a comfort to the suffering, and a joy to the kids? Tired of being squished and stuck with other breads who are just like you? Want to live mold-free, flappy-free and be radically transformed to bring more beauty into this world?

Photo: Grounded Blog

You do not have to be a skinny piece of white bread to get toasted. Rye, whole wheat, or half wheat, brown, black or even you French Guys can toast. Thick Bagels can toast. And you breads that are nutty or fruity or a bit stale, frigid or half-baked can get toasted. You too waffle types who are worried about getting too crunchy can get toasted. Have no fear! This is not the microwave! This elegant, concise set of alignment principles called the “Universal Principles of Alignment”™ will change your life. You’ll even smell better.

Open to Grace: Let go of any cloaked plastic wrapping or other such covering that may have limited you.

Mindfully place your slicey self into the bread slot of the toaster. Breathe into the innate beauty of your authentic grains. Soften your crust. Plug into something bigger than yourself (outlet) Trust that someone bigger than you will push down the toaster plunger. (teacher)

Muscular Energy: Hug From the Outside in. Toast evenly on all sides like a loving embrace. Snuggle into your heart this chemical change at a cellular level. You will feel caramelized, and integrated.

Inner Spiral: Heat and expand out on all sides evenly. Allow electricity to flow through at 100 percent. Receive the flow of the heat.

Outer Spiral: Hug the bottom edges of your crust together and scoop the Heat deep into your core until you actually pop up. Feel the transformation. You want to spring out, but still be plugged in energetically to the power source.

(You do not want to scoop the heat before you expand or you will carbonize and burn.)

Organic Energy: Shine out your sweet authentic slice with butter, or jam, cinnamon or honey all the way to your edges! Make an offering of the highest delight! You are now more refined, more magical, deeper even. Celebrate the Rapture! You have been radically transformed!

Here’s to your Awakening!


This article was previously published at Grounded Blog.


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16 Responses to “A Toast To John Friend. ~ Cheryl Crawford”

  1. Amy Haysman says:

    What a great toast to a toast worthy teacher! Good job.

  2. Lisa Flynn says:

    This is fantastic – I love it. The metaphor is so playful, fun and from the heart. A beautiful tribute to your teacher and a wonderful invitation to yoga in general. "Mindfully place your slicey self…" (love that) in yoga class and watch what happens.

  3. David Atlas says:

    Favorite line: You do not have to be a skinny piece of white bread to get toasted. Nice. Very nice.

  4. lisa says:

    Fun and poignant..all at the same time. Namaste..

  5. Thanks so much, Lisa!

  6. Sedef Dion says:

    Reading this delicious blog makes me want to be a slice of bread. Sour dough would be my first choice with nutty sweet and chocolaty Nutella spread on top. Its really a great metaphor.

  7. Enjoyed this, Cheryl.

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  8. That sounds delightful! Thanks, Sedef!

  9. Just posted to "Featured Today" on the Elephant Yoga homepage.

  10. Candice says:

    This is great! Wit and wisdom, love it.

  11. Stephany says:

    Toast evenly on all sides like a loving embrace! Beautifully written Cheryl. Big smile!

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