Another message from the archives here. While I'm away on maternity leave, I've compiled some of our "greatest hits" letters. This one is a personal favorite that I think my closest gal pals here love, too. Enjoy this special reflection on nurturing your community #IRL.
We are more connected than ever, right? We capture virtually every moment on our phones and blast it out via Snapchat. Text messaging. GroupMe. Facebook. Insta. E-mail. They all make it possible to communicate with anyone, anywhere.
So, here’s the question. Is that real community? Does it fill you up the same as when you are directly across from another, either at a friend’s house or next to their yoga mat in the studio?
This weekend, I was reminded of the beauty of connection #IRL (in real life). I know that I can get wrapped up in the studio, cleaning the house, traveling to and fro for work and other adventures. And, I realized, what about the people I love so much? Would they want to hang out in person? Wait...my house isn’t clean...But, do they really care that my house isn’t Pinterest- perfect at the moment? That there’s a tumbleweed of labradoodle fur rolling by? That my cloth napkins don’t match?
No. No, they don’t. Some of my very good friends - friends that walk the dogs when I’m away, that took class with me in my house before I dreamed of a studio - came over for brunch this weekend. Food is my love language. I spent an hour preparing pumpkin waffles and a frittata and roasted veggies and just feeling oh so excited to fill up bellies and have in person conversation.
My dogs were crazy. There was a furball on the floor. The napkins didn’t match, but the conversation around my great grandfather’s old table filled me up. We talked health and food and politics (eek) and books and religion and we scheduled the next Brunch Club date on the spot.
Why? Because, this is what matters. Community is what matters. I really believe that yoga helps me to deepen the connections that I already have. It allows me to be so fully present and deep in conversation. It allows me to recognize when I'm living too much of my life on a social media channel. It allows me to look past my imperfections and to realize that other stuff doesn’t really matter. And, when you approach any relationship, and all connection, from a place of love, beautiful things begin to blossom. In your heart and around it. And, it LASTS.
So, I challenge you to nurture your community #IRL. It could be your sangha, a group that practices yoga together. It could be your family. Your neighbors, whomever.
Invite them over for dinner or to have coffee. Put aside the voices that say your house has to be perfect or that you have to learn how to cook like Julia Child. And, put away the technology. Maybe, you make a friend here at YD and ask them to hang out post-class [I see you post-yoga Amami brunchers ;)]. You guys, it’s gonna be so worth it.
With love dear yogis,
P.S. In a few weeks, we'll welcome autumn. Sigh. I LOVE the fall and can't wait for all the colors, the crisp air, and...our super special Autumnal Equinox Session on Saturday, September 23, 2017! Please come! Our equinox classes are a tradition around here, and the perfect opportunity to reset throughout your year. Just a few more spaces left.
P.P.S. I've been holding onto a pretty big secret...well me and the Yoga Dear hubby. And, we've been waiting for the perfect time to share it with you. In the next few weeks, we'll be announcing our super special something with hints dropped along the way. I'm amazed I haven't spilled the beans yet!