Wow! This is a lot.

I’ll admit to a lot of overwhelm the last few months. There have been several moments of feeling frozen in it, thinking, “Wow! This is a lot”.

Even with the overwhelm, I can’t shake this feeling that underneath the busyness and the heartache of these times, both in my own little world and in the context of the larger world, that all shall be well. Not painless, not easy, but well.

A few days ago we had our first session of competency training with soldiers from JBLM who are receiving training to safely lead yoga practices within their units during PT. As I sat with them and talked about sequencing and principles of alignment among other things, I was filled with a different kind of overwhelm: gratitude. It washed over me in huge waves, nearly bringing me to tears a few times, as I thought, “Wow! This is a lot”. 

We do seem to be living in a time of “a lot”.  There is a lot of pain, and a lot of fear, and a lot to do. Endless opportunities to become more educated, more involved, and to show up for each other. In that showing up there’s be a lot too: a lot of kindness, a lot of compassion, and a lot of love.

I was doing a speed interview a few months ago with a granting organization and as we talked about our programming one of the committee members said, “Wow! That’s a lot.” And I beamed, thinking of our community and all that you make possible for us to do and be and become.

The unshakeable belief that all shall be well is, I know, rooted in my experiences both within this community and within other communities of which I am a part. I am so fortunate to witness day in and day out that we, collectively, are a lot. We are learning, we are growing, we are becoming. We are curious, we are kind, and we are generous. We are broken, we are whole, and we are resilient. We are brave, we are wise, and we are capable. We are flawed, we are humble, and we are in a constant process of transformation.

The competency training for soldiers is just one of several exciting things going on in the coming months that fill me with gratitude. For our 7th Anniversary celebration this September, we’ll be welcoming Felicia Parazaider and her Revolution of Love. She’ll be offering a day-long workshop on spiritual activism and an afternoon Love Revival. Sooner than that, of course, we have Yoga in the Park on July 22nd, our annual celebration in Wright Park, and before that, Give Big Month, our 30-day fundraising season. Before that, Girish will be here, and this month, the first Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist training on the west coast, which has been here at SKY, will conclude and graduate a new crop of specialists. We’ve also recently started a partnership with Love Your Brain, in order to better serve folks living with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). This isn’t even all of it, but, wow! This is a lot!

Amidst the pain of these times, good things are happening. People are stepping up and showing up and using their gifts and talents to participate in the building of the new world our hearts know is possible. It’s a lot. And so are we.