If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
At the start of this 300 hour yoga teacher training, our instructors asked us to agree to some guidelines. Everyone took turns reading them and agreed to honor them; including me. One was:
7. Take risks, embrace the challenges, and be ok with imperfect action.
When the group agreed, in unison, I did not, verbally or otherwise, say, “I agree to all those except number seven.” I spent some time today not being ok with imperfect action. I spent some time a little deflated. I then spent some time talking with my instructor (the incomparable Liz Heffernan) and she, with loving eyes and tone, said, “You’re too serious.” Then all conversation moved on.
She’s right. The whole spirit of several of the agreements is based in not getting into the ego and not taking one’s self too seriously, but that’s exactly what I had done. Now to figure out how to not need to learn this lesson over and over again while I’m here. More on that as this journey progresses.
This is the studio where all our classes, lessons, practice teaching, etc occurs. We have a jungle wall, ocean wall, and a wave wall. The breeze from the water and the quick and occasional showers keep the heat at bay quite well. It’s just STUNNING. It’s easy to have good thoughts here. It’s easier to spend time with sunbeams shining from the face and heart while enriching the mind and spirit in such a magical place engaging with magical people.
I’m so thankful.