My dear, it’s time for you to learn to fly. But no, I don’t want to fly. Not yet. Maybe not ever. It’s so comfortable here in this nest. You tell me everything I need to know. I’m not ready to fly out on my own!
I am having a difficult reaction to my yoga teacher retiring. I literally feel the tears pool up in my eyes when I think about it. This is sort of crazy, right? There are a million yoga teachers out there and some of them are good. Really good maybe, but I have learned so much from this one and I don’t feel nearly ready for him to retire. I take his yoga class at a cancer support facility in my town. Wonderful place with tons of offerings to help those fighting cancer and their families. My Yoga teacher has volunteered there for 20 years and by his estimate taught 1,400 hours of yoga. That, to me, is the epitome of shining your light in the world and I’m so thankful to his generosity. Why am I telling you this? Well, I just don’t feel that it should be over. I really can’t wrap my head around it being over. He has opened my eyes to so many elements of a healthy life. He is a big believer in dedication and doing things with purpose and being intentional with our lives. He trained in “the old” style of yoga. More Hindu monks than Colorado Hippie. I don’t know why I chose Colorado...no offense CO! And I love hippies! :-)
I’ve learned about EFT Tapping, Laugh Yoga/Meditation, the importance of breath, to just be quiet and at peace more and to talk less. His presence is calming and his words are inspiring. As I am processing all that I will miss about him and his class I am thinking about this blog and the many hours of volunteer work I do to share it. If one person learns half as much from reading ZenDitty as I learned from Joe, it’s well worth the time. If one person is as inspired as I am from Joe, it’s well worth the effort. It’s my ripple in the water. It’s me flapping my wings and going for flight. We all have the ability to inspire and teach and love and nurture. Let’s find as many ways as possible to utilize these gifts we’ve been given.
I will have a void in my practice of inner-peace when Joe leaves, but I will continue to seek out practices that fill this void. I will seek out more information on the many healing topics he spoke of and best of all, I will continue to share with you!
Be sincere, be at peace, honor yourself and others. Life is really pretty simple, if we allow it to be.
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti
Peace Peace Peace to all.