When Fear Shows up On the Path.


I have been really struggling with anxiety and depression the last several months. So much self doubt showing up. Doubt in myself and the path that has chosen me. The fear of not being able to make a living piecing all of these parts of my life together. The recurring themes of “Just get a real job.” ” No one seems to care about traumatized women and certainly no one is seeing value in what you are offering”  Deep in my very gut, however lies this awareness, this essential truth (Satya) that I am where I need to be. Even in uncertainty. Even in fear. Trust emerges tentatively. I explore grounding and presence through yoga and often just movement to seek sensation in my core which disappears when I am triggered.  I listen and hear the stories of triumph from victims who are now survivors. The survivor who shared how owning the tools of her embodied yoga practice has allowed her to transform from shame and unskillful action into choosing compassion for self and skillful action over and over and over again. The young woman I teach in prison who stood up in court sharing that the practice is teaching her about her emotions and  her own ability for self regulation and choosing skillful action, a new Yogini friend, fellow survivor and trauma informed teacher who drove a good bit to come here to laugh and cry over soup and deep conversation sharing our own stories of continued healing, my activist friend from a distance  Skyping and discussing our mutual yearning for real, raw, authentic, creative relationships, my student today sharing how much the Dharma talks and themes of the practice has impacted her life. I cried then and am actually still crying now,

I think of all the amazing people I have had and continue to have the privilege to teach. As Donna Farhi says, as yoga teachers, “We hold people’s hearts in our hands.”  I invite courage, patience and the willingness to explore all of the nuances of the ebbs and flows and uncertainties of life. I thank God deeply and profoundly for the continued experience of breaking my heart open wider instead of shattering this heart into sharp edges and shards.  I can move forward. I don’t have to have the rest of my life figured out today. I just have to show up. Grounded. Ignited. Open.

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