On any given Sunday, people come from all over to practice yoga, hear the message, dig deep, be inspired and emotionally, spiritually and physically find healing. I am the founder and caretaker of a gorgeous sanctuary called Yoga Church. I belong to this community of people as they belong to me. We share stories, we share our work. We are committed to this path.
When my daughter was terrifyingly sick last fall, these were the people that held me. Prayed for me. Prayed for my daughter. They gave me a voice when I was too afraid to speak out loud. We have held space for each other. Breathed in silence in honor of one another's pain and heartache. We've celebrated each other's wins and grieved each other's losses.
In this year, we've seen marriages begin and others end. We've seen babies be born and loved ones die. We've had students as young as five years old and those well until to their eighties join us as well.
This community has become not only the backbone of my local community, but through our trainings, we've been able to extend our reach to places as far away as Germany, South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada and from all over the US come to take our trainings, to enjoy the community that we've built and to take a bit of it back to their own communities.
People ask me how I get so much done. They ask me how all of this came together so quickly. They ask me how I have the energy, the stamina and the fortitude to work like I do.
The answer is: It's not me. I didn't do this. I simply say Yes and do what I'm asked.
A little over a year ago, I started saying Yes. I had just finished The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer. Inspired and full of faith, I decided to put it to the test.
I decided to start saying Yes to what life was asking of me. I started saying Yes to opportunities that came my way. I said Yes and let life lead the way. I let life be my compass.
Instead of resisting what I was being asked to do, I let go and simply went in the direction that life pointed. Instead of trying to solve things with my mind, I simply let myself be carried with the flow. Instead of making excuses as to why it would be too hard, too time consuming or too much work to do things, I just did things. One thing at a time.
This doesn't mean I didn't work hard. Of course I work hard. But, instead of working hard to go against the grain of life, I decided to work hard in the direction that life was already leading me. And you can do this too.
This doesn't mean that you become a doormat. Surrendering is a courageous act of faith, it requires strength, humility and presence. This work isn't about surrendering to what your husband, your boss or your kids are asking. It's bigger than that. It's about surrendering to what life is asking of you, what the greater good is asking. It means that you look at life from your soul's point of view and take action from that place.
It means that you to start expecting miracles. To see life through the lens of the miraculous rather than through the lens of something that needs to be wrangled and tamed.
Instead of conspiring against the universe, you can decide to conspire with it. And from that place of Yes, life becomes full of magic, full of possibility and simply one miracle after another.
Next time you are faced with a decision, ask yourself: What is life asking of me here?
And then, consider saying Yes. Consider putting aside your preferences, putting aside your fear, putting aside your shame and your stories about yourself and then lean in and let yourself be carried by the current of life.
I'm one year in. And it's an extraordinary way to live.
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