April 2015

Today I played hide and seek with my nephew.  He took a unique twist on the game which brought him into laugher and giggles each time, while allowing me to see the game from a brand new perspective.  Each time I called, “ready or not, here I come”,  I would begin looking for him.  Since he chose the same hiding place (in the dark behind a closet door) each time, it wasn’t much of a challenge, so I would play along and look behind many doors and underneath furniture, before making my way to the closet door. It turns out, as I took my time “looking” for him, he was also “looking”.  He continued to hide behind the same dark closet door, and each time I approached the closet door, he opened the door just before I could, and jumped out exclaiming, “I found myself!”, followed by the biggest smile and a barrel of laughter which was quite contagious.

While it would seem that he was getting the game wrong….I thought that I was supposed to “find” him?!?!   I chose not to correct him with there rules of the game, but rather, I took on his perspective and continued to play, each time celebrating as he popped out of the closet door “I found myself!”

I’m beginning to think the game of hide and seek has it all wrong, and yet, it seems to feel so right.  In our modern day world, it is easy for others to make the rules, “find” us and to define us.  It’s also easy to get lost in the dark. Thank goodness for my little nephew who each time was able to come out of the dark and into the light with such joy and lightness.

Yoga is like a game of hide and seek, my nephew’s version.  It allows us to go into the dark, to pause, and even count the time, the breaths, the silence, all the while, giving us time to find ourselves.

At the beginning of class, the centring before the practice is the call “ready or not, here I come” and at the end of each class, we honour each other with “Namaste” – “The light in me honours the light in you.”  The practice that unfolds in the middle is the journey connects us to our heart’s qualities, callings, curiosities and callings. I’m curious what would happen at the end of Savasana if we jumped of our mat and exclaimed “I found myself!” followed by a big smile, a barrel of laughs, only to do it all over again next practice!

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This week I attended a Coaching Conference in New York City with speakers from around the world presenting innovative ideas of methods to expand the lines around the edges in our world.

What is an edge and how do we expand the lines around one?  Imagine yourself standing on the edge of a cliff, you have three choices.  One choice is to step back to the comfort of the land behind the edge, to step back to what is familiar, and to carry on walking on the land as you know it.  A second choice is to step or jump off of the cliff, a scary thought as you may not know what is on the other side, how for the drop is, where you may land, or what you may land on, and is it even safe?  A third choice, one that I am inspired to explore more, is to walk along the edge.

Vikram Bhatt, the keynote speaker and Coaching for Transformation coach in India spoke of edge walking as a place of discovery and personal evolution.   The edge is a place to walk on, to look outward, beyond what you can see and inquire what is possible, a place to reach out and discover who and what is emerging on the other side.  The other side of the edge is your safety zone, your place of comfort and stability that you trust and can confidently lean back on when you need it.  Walking on the edge is a place to discover truth & humility, with the safe and scary meeting half way as a point of transformation.  Edge walking is bringing what is safe and comfortable with you on your walk, packing your shadows, doubts, and worries, and taking the steps along the edge of each experience to move into a place of growth, discovery and evolution.

Imagine each experience you face today as an opportunity to stand on the edge of a cliff.  How will you walk the edge of each moment?  What is possible?  What do you see?

 

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Yesterday, a friend asked how the new website is different from before.  “Community”, I responded.  The website site reflects the community that gathers with dedication to the practices of yoga and to each other.  Just as it reflects community, community is exactly what it took to build the site.  It takes a village of people to form a community, and what happens within the community space is transformative.

The webographer (I gave him this title) was the chief of the village.  He began the project in support of believing in the practice, and took it upon himself to share it virtually, for others in the community to follow.  Others on board that this could not have happened without, the photographer who skillfully captured the space of focus and play.  The students who show up regularly to create the space of practice, love and support that the chief used as inspiration of the site design.   My teachers who continue to educate, inspire and support in sharing the practice of yoga as a practice of empowerment to others.  My neighbours, friends and family of whom are surrounded by the space and support my practices of yoga and the practices in the neighbourhood.

As I prepare to share growalotus.com with the world wide web today, I am extremely grateful for the village of people that have come together to create a heartfelt community where we  support each other with the common thread of yoga to bring us together, to grow together. Grow A Lotus.

As you reflect on your day, who are the people amongst your village that support your projects and practices?  It is our community, our support system that keep us connected, inspired and empowered.  May you lean into your support today with gratitude and collaboration in support of the greater village.

Cross Country skiing with a friend during Halifax’s latest blizzard in our Winter Wonderland left me in deep contemplation.  We were skiing on freshly fallen snow, breathing deeply and moving forward with great effort as Vayu (the wind) breathed heavily in our faces.

“It’s a labour of love”,  he said.  The depth of his words has left me in deep contemplation and in admiration for those who consciously choose the path of love which indeed is one of labour and effort.

To live according to your heart’s most deepest desires, is one of the most greatest labours that we are faced with our our world.  While he was referring directly to the challenge of blazing a trail through snow – the labour of love goes much deeper metaphorically.  To groom our own path takes great effort and hard work.  It takes practice.  It is scary.  We often fall.  The labour of love, is the work that we do to live from a place of heart.  To live fully.  To live compassionately.  While it is hard work, the trail that you blaze takes great determination, devotion, and practice – so that others can more ease fully follow your path.

What path are you blazing that fills you with love and leaves others inspired to follow your path?

What is your labour of love?

 

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