I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. I’ve found that change, for me, does not come on specific dates but rather in specific circumstances. When I’m feeling seen and understood - exactly as I am and not how I hope to be - I feel safe to notice and explore the areas where I’d like to change.
I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all been influenced by the prevailing culture of bigger, better, faster, thinner, stronger, etc. So many “–ers”. We can be forgiven for believing that we’re meant to be on an ever-increasing-in-speed treadmill of self-improvement. The yoga industry, like so many others, has played into this, selling a gospel of happiness and peace as long as you get with the program: Learn to stand on your head to get a new perspective! Twist out the negativity! Meditate the hate away!
What feels true for me today as I sit with a challenging year behind and a fresh year ahead, is that the world will be needing us. We’ll be asked to show up in ways we can imagine and in ways we can’t imagine. And I believe we’ll need to keep reminding each other that we are needed exactly as we are. We don’t have to be better, stronger, smarter, thinner; we don’t have to be more flexible, more successful; we don’t need to have it all figured out. But we do need to show up and remember who we are.
For this work of remembering who we are, community is essential. In the eyes of each other we see ourselves reflected and in the hands of each other we feel ourselves held, exactly as we are. In each other’s strengths our weaknesses are met and in each other’s wounds, we find our capacity for mutual healing. In true community, where everyone thrives, we can trust that if we listen and are willing, we will know the next steps and changes needed.
I spent the last day of 2016 in community on a day-long retreat through our friends at Source Yoga. This beautiful poem was offered and I offer it to you now.
Happy New Year to all! See you in the studio.
With immense gratitude for who you are,