You are on the path... exactly where you are meant to be right now... And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love." ~ by Caroline Adams
We began our journey together almost 3 tax seasons ago. The studio owner where I had most recently completed my Teacher Training suggested I connect with them as they were looking for a bit of relaxation during the trenches of tax season. I excitedly met with the office manager and her co-worker and was giddy at the prospect of offering classes at their office. We decided to move forward under the guise that it would only be 3 months tops...
And as they say, the rest is history. This dynamic group has created such an amazing space to 'practice' Yoga in. They show up each week to support and cheer each other on. No matter what is going on in life, they are there for the events that matter. Here are the 4 lessons that they continually teach me:
1. Show Up: No matter who you are, no matter how you are- you can change, evolve, grow, stretch, shrink, create, and pretty much do anything else that you set your mind to if you have the guts to show up. Showing up isn't always the most desirable task, but it is the most glorious. Even if they have had a long tax day, a grueling project, or just a blah day, they come to their mats and do their work. They remind me, "This is YOUR life, not a trial run!"
2. Celebrate: If you are having a birthday, if you are celebrating an accomplishment, if you have had a joy in your life, celebrate it! And there is a high probability that wine will accompany the celebration! What are you waiting for? Just the mere fact that you are breathing in and of itself is cause to celebrate. And thank you dear friends for celebrating Sweetly Seeking turning 1. Your cards and flowers touched my heart in such a sweet way!!!!!!
3. Support: This group has created an amazing community of support for one another. I am always in awe of their ability to step up and participate in life. From rafting adventures, to weddings, to races, to baking-this group of souls offers true kindness and friendship! I love to peak my eyes open at the end of class and see them all sitting in seated meditation. The peace that I see on their faces is breathtaking. As they offer support, they also receive support. Support is so much about being able to give and receive.
4. "It it doesn't challenge you it doesn't change you." ~Baron Baptiste
This is one of our favorite sayings in class. Okay, it might just be mine at this point, but it's such a rich quote! When I think back to our first class, it wasn't easy to show up for something new. Bodies didn't twist as easily and naturally as once thought. Breath was clumsy and movements were tiring. As I reflect on this group now and the progress they have made, I feel like a mama bear watching her cubs leave the nest. They make me proud to be a teacher and student of this amazing practice!
As I think of our time together, I think of all the ways that they have enriched my life and have offered their support and kindness. It is truly with a grateful heart that I say thank you to each and every one of you. I offer my light and love to you always!
Anita, Tammy, Laurie, Missy, and Roger and Abbey (whose on another continent)- I love you all and am so grateful that the practice of Yoga has connected us in such a beautiful way.
May you be happy.
May you be free.
May you experience love.
May you be free.
May you be blessed.
May you be free.
May You Sweetly Seek:)