For the last 6 years I felt like there was something missing in my life. And I don’t mean more self-compassion or self-love or self-worth (of course things are important to have, but that isn’t what this post is about). I knew it was something in my external world that I was meant to do and move towards.
You don’t have to wake up at 6:00 a.m. You don’t have to meditate, or do yoga, or write down five things you’re grateful for. You don’t have to do high-intensity interval training or avoid sugar, gluten, and dairy like the plague. You don’t have to do any of these things to live a well-rounded, joyful, and soul-satisfied life.
Yes, take care of your sweet self—but don’t do what doesn’t fit or isn’t working.
The most wonderful and unexpected thing has happened within the last 4 months. After selling my business, moving countries and taking a break from teaching yoga I decided to take some space. Easing off has allowed a buffer zone of sorts. A space to steep, digest and reflect. And then to return with new eyes, a more nourishing perspective and a softer heart.
Remember that you are not always supposed to know. Remember that you are not always supposed to have it all figured out. Remember that there is not one way, one truth or one ultimate meaning for being here.
When people hear I teach yoga I often get responses such as: “I’m so bad at yoga.” “I’m not flexible enough to do yoga.” “I would love to come to class, but I can’t touch my toes.” After getting these types of responses, more than usual lately, there is something I would really like to share.
There is an immediate and radical shift in our lives that occurs the moment we decide to step out of fear and into a place of authenticity. When we stop letting our inner critic dictate what we say and do.
The experience I had when it shifted from logic to full body-mind-soul integration was easily one of the most powerful and wonderfully overwhelming experiences I’ve ever had. It was an experience I’ll never forget.
So often in yoga I hear, “Let it go, just let it go, just let everything go.” Not only do I hear it, as a teacher I use it frequently in my own classes. It’s easy to say. It’s not as easy to do. And it gets easier with practice, it really does. But through my experience there are times when we shouldn’t just let it go