Here's a story about Hanuman, the Hindu monkey hero who Mystic Monkey Yoga is named after.
Anjaneya was the son of Anjana and the wind god Vayu, meaning he was half-god. He had many great powers. One day, while still a child, Anjaneya saw what looked like a giant mango in the sky. He loved mangoes (who doesn't?), so he used his superhuman abilities to jump into the sky and try to grab it. The problem is that the mango was not a mango at all, but the sun! To protect the sun, the god Surya shot a lightning bolt which hit Anjaneya in the jaw and knocked him to the ground, killing him.
Vaya found out his son had been killed and became very angry. He took a giant breath which sucked up all the air in the world, and everything living began to suffocate. Vaya refused to exhale until his son was revived.
The other gods agreed to revive Anjaneya, but cursed him by making him forgetful of his godly powers, so he wouldn't abuse them again. The boy was renamed Hanuman, and he was given the body of a monkey to begin his new life. Later, he would often perform amazing feats, but others had to remind him to use his powers, and he forgot about them again soon after.
Just like Hanuman, we all tend to forget our divine nature and underestimate ourselves. Sometimes this is for our own good. Often, though, we have lost track of our true nature, and this forgetfulness causes us to lead our lives in small ways, instead of rising to our full capacity and tapping into that divine source of strength and wisdom that we all have within us.
Let's work to rekindle that magic in each other, and when we see that our loved ones have lost track, let's remind them of their miraculous nature, as often as needed. We have to do it together.
See you at Mystic Monkey Yoga in June!