In recent weeks, we’ve tackled some tough topics, no? We’ve talked about inner critics, fears, suffering, and self-limiting beliefs. I’ve loved hearing your thoughts in class and reading them via emails on such a challenging topic(s)! So often we stuff down the emotions and thoughts that come up when we begin to consider our greatest fears and deepest insecurities. Or, we are afraid to be who we are, to share too much because of what others might think, what might happen. I think that’s why I adore this Rumi quote so much:
“Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.”
When I first read this quote, I felt equal parts YES and What the heck does that mean? You know what I think this quote stands for? It means wherever you are be yourself. Wherever you are love what you love, and do what you do without worry of judgement. Wherever you are, be present and curious and humble and daring.
And, you know what this requires? Courage. And vulnerability.
I remember when I started writing these letters to you back in December 2015 (oh my gosh!). At first, I was a little guarded. But, I wanted this yoga space to be a place of honesty, connection, growth, and encouragement. I wanted us all to learn how to embrace our own humanness in all its beautiful, messy glory. I wanted to teach all the bits of yoga that are sometimes forgotten. Yes, the Warrior 2’s and the how-to’s of a headstand, but what I love about this practice even more is its philosophy. I love unpacking it with you, and I do that with story. Funny stories from my own adventures and more difficult ones, too. Because when I learn that:
- I’m not the only one who struggles to find the sweet spot of work-motherhood-relationships
- Or that I’m not the only one who’s kiddo has been up 5x in one night & then has a dog that simultaneously goes on a hunger strike
- Or that I’m not the only one who still finds it difficult to turn off my monkey mind long enough to meditate
- Or that I'm not the only one who can't seem to get it together long enough to clean the damn bathroom or actually finish my laundry
- Or that I’m not the only one who still finds inversions super tricky after years of practice...
Well...then, I breathe a huge sigh of relief. But, you know what? The person that shared their struggle with me, their problem, their strife...they had to be vulnerable. And brave, too. And, in doing so, they share a bit of their soul.
It’s funny. At the time I write this, I’ve already assigned some reading to our enrolled teacher trainees. We’re reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. It’s all about vulnerability, embracing it, understanding it, and living with it. I’ve heard from more than a few folks who are reading that gosh is it uncomfortable to be vulnerable, to even consider exposing ourselves to those around us, but doing so allows you to embody the soul of wherever you stand. To be the soul of that place.
I dare you to be the soul of your place. Love what you love. Do what you do. Share moments of your imperfectly perfect and real life. And in doing so, give others permission to do the same. How can you share a little bit of your story today? How can you face the world with an honest, open heart?
P.S Are you interested in Yoga Teacher Training? You guys, please know you don't need to have advanced poses down. You don't need to know how to practice all those breathing techniques or to have a regular meditation practice. What you do need? Curiosity. A willingness to dig deep into yogic thought and philosophy, & your own emotions. A sense of humor is kinda nice, too. The Early Bird rate for our 200 hour program closes at the end of this month. Let's schedule a time to chat if you have any questions at all. I'm so incredibly blessed to lead the group we have and cannot cannot cannot wait for February!