Happy spring (almost!) I am in Nashville where it went from crazy winter snows to 70 degress and sunny in a matter of a week. Spring has definitely sprung and with it, I feel the excitement and energy of the season rising.
Being in my truth has been a common theme for me for many years. I often call myself a recovering people pleaser. I was super nice and super agreeable most of my life, but so much of who I really was, what I thought and what I wanted to say, was repressed. The repercussions of that have taken me years to unravel. Years of practice. Years of stuttering awkwardly through words to try and find the place where I felt authentic, real and heard. Years of wishing I would have taken a stand for myself in certain situations, conversations and relationships. Along with that came years of problems with my throat, mouth, neck, jaw, teeth, thyroid, etc. Definitely not a coincidence as all of these areas are related to the source of purified expression. Yoga is definitely what helped me to start to see the link between my physical, emotional and mental states.
What exactly does it mean to be in our truth? It means the ability to express ourselves in a way that is both honest and kind. In a way that can be heard. It means standing up for what is right even when it feels hard to do. It means having the hard conversations. It means pushing past that lump in your throat and owning up to what is true while always striving to cause the very least amount of harm.
I have dedicated so much of my work to this and have seen enormous progress, and it is still hard sometimes. That is why it is so important to give ourselves permission to be human. Every new situation calls for a new strategy. Every moment is a completely different experience and will require different ways of relating and communicating. Every moment is an opportunity to stand in the discomfort and do the best we can. Sometimes we will fall. Other times we will soar. That’s just the way it goes.
My yoga practice is like that. It’s never the same. It’s always changing. Some days I can do certain poses well and other days I am all over the place. Some days I am able to focus and other days I end my practice wondering if I actually paid attention to any of it. And that is the way life is. There isn’t a right way. There is only the truth of the moment. And that moment is the only place we can take a stand for what is true to us. Even if that changes…in fact, we can be certain that it will. That is the truth of what it means to be alive. We are always changing and so is everyone and everything around us. Our practice is designed to help us navigate change and do the best we can to get back on course as soon as possible.
The minute we think we’ve ‘got’ something, it is changing so we better not get too comfortable. This is one of the many reasons I practice yoga. It helps me to remain in the face of discomfort and change without losing the ability to breathe deep, focus and find my way back to center. It’s an incredible gift.
We have so many wonderful workshops coming up at the Blend, check it all out here!
May we all navigate this season of change while remaining true to ourselves.
With infinite love and gratitude…