TIME TO PAWS AND REFLECT: 20 YEARS

Reflection

It’s January and that means it’s time for….drum roll, please… New Year resolutions. I can hear the groans already. We’ve become weary of New Year resolutions because they wear off so quickly.

On the other hand, maybe it really would help to find:

I’ve been staying busy with 16-DAYS OF FIT for these first two weeks of the year. However, I was able to scratch out time for pawsing and reflecting.

One thing I remembered is, when I’m asked to describe my background or experience as a yoga teacher, my answer for the last year and a half has been, “I’ve been doing this gig for about 20 years”. So I was rounding up a bit.

However, during my reflection time, I realized that I really have been teaching yoga for 20 years. No more rounding up! I started in January of 2000. The math is pretty easy there, right? 2020 – 2000 = 20.

You can actually get pretty good at something in 20 years. In my case, it took me a long time to fully embrace the idea of “yoga teacher as a career”. I don’t know, it seemed like a hobby more than anything else.

During my reflection time, I was reminded of a book I purchased off Amazon a few months ago titled, Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic, by Darren Main.

Over the years, I’ve half-read many yoga books, never actually finishing them because they tend to say the same old thing.

But with this 2020 reflection I was doing, I dove into this book. It had the right message for me at the right time. The first few pages reminded me of why I got into yoga in the first place. It really does fit me well on a soul level.

Darren talks about prana and karma and chakras and koshas and much more. These concepts are fascinating, and ancient. He also talks about the Oneness of Life. He talks about the healing power of love and forgiveness. I’ve always resonated with these ideas. A smile came to my face when I took time to remember my original passion from twenty years ago.

20 years of teaching yoga. 20 more? Perhaps so.

How about you? What have you accomplished because of your dedication to developing expertise in a particular area? You’re good at something. Many things. Perhaps it’s time to paws and reflect on what you accomplished since 2000. You might just rekindle something beautiful and inspiring in yourself.

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