Last week was so very full of mixed emotions for me. I taught a couple more group classes before heading into my leave. That is...unless I get really bored this week, and then I’ll take over the hubby’s class or something to get my fix in. Wink wink. But, in all seriousness I know it’s much needed time to rest my body before baby gets here. And, as I’ve contemplated this big, wonderful change that’s a’coming, I also can’t help but express my deep gratitude for you.
You guys, yoga led me to you. Curiosity led me to you. Colorful, scattered, winding breadcrumb trails led me to you. It makes me wonder where your curiosities will guide you on this yoga path. But, how do you recognize those curiosities? How do you hear and listen to them? It’s meditation. Yes, I’m going to back to meditation.
Meditation is all about listening. That’s right. We’re not speaking, we’re not asking. We’re trying superhard not to think about all of our to-do's. Instead, we’re listening. It's hard in a society that demands a go-go-go mentality. I get it. As you practice meditation and begin to focus on one thing (because that’s all it really is), you might drift into this space between complete consciousness and sleep. And, in this space, you may hear nothing, or you might hear EVERYTHING.
As you grow within your yoga practice - using the asana (the poses) and pranayama (the breath) - you’ll find that meditation becomes simpler to drop into, and you may even crave it. It’s here that you start to listen to the inner workings of the soul, rather than asking or requesting of the world. And, yea, you might be thinking, Leanne this is so totally woo-woo. I get that. But, truthfully, this practice, this voice, these thoughts are very real.
Is that scary? Yes. Exciting? Yes. As I reflect on how much our Yoga Dear community has grown in just over a year and a half, I’m reminded of my meditation practice that I started to cultivate not too long ago. It’s almost like something outside of myself guided me on this path to be with you. And, I have no idea how long I’ll be here in this role at Yoga Dear, but for now it feels right.
So, I want this for you:
- I want you to grow in your whole yoga practice so much, that meditation becomes a regular routine.
- I want you to listen and hear what your soul, the Universe or the Divine is sharing with you.
- And, I want you to follow those curiosities along a breadcrumb trail that leads you to a place you never expected. Imagine who you’ll meet. Imagine who you’ll impact.
I’ll be back to teaching in the early fall, just giddy to spend some more time with you (and I’m sure I’ll be lurking at the studio a bit in the meantime). My letters will still make their way to your inbox. And, I’ll still be encouraging your practice from afar. But, can you promise me one thing? Can you promise that you’ll try to make meditation a habit over the next month or so? Do it first thing in the morning when you wake up. Just 5, 10, 15 minutes is all you need. And, then, if you feel compelled, will you tell me what you hear? What you feel?
As always, I love love love hearing from you. If you have a story of how an inner voice or curiosity led you to an unexpected place, please share. Or, if meditation has opened you up to your curiosities, let me know. I’ll see you so soon, yoga dears.