“Grow where you are planted.”
Have you ever had the experience where something kept turning up, be it a situation, a person, a recurring problem…and you felt like there just must be some reason for it, but you didn’t know exactly what it was?
Well, that’s been my experience with the above quote. I keep coming across it (or variations on it) - be it in other newsletters, notes, readings…and it dawned on me that I in the last 20 months, I have neither planted myself nor grown. Despite my efforts to settle in and my “belief” that I was settling in, I really haven’t. Yikes, what a huge and scary wake-up call. I decided that it was time to really look at this quote, as simple as it is, to see how I could more fully apply this to my life.
My first step was to look at why I haven’t planted myself. And honestly, a large part of it is that I still miss NYC, a lot. I miss my community, my friends, my family. I miss the various classes I taught, the people I worked with. I miss the life that I knew, and I miss the energy of NYC and what it means to live there and be a New Yorker. And while, yes, I MADE the choice to leave NYC to explore another town and another way of living, it hasn’t made it easier to set down roots. This sadness and “missing” what was has kept me from really planting myself.
Another challenge for me in trying to plant myself has been figuring out how to do yoga – my yoga – in a town that is small and quite saturated with great yoga. It’s been way harder than I imagined. And honestly, I didn’t REALLY take the time, as much as I thought I did, to figure out exactly how I wanted to do what I do. And I didn’t figure out, as clearly as I had intended to, what it is I really do. I jumped into running my own classes, simply because I really missed teaching and thought that by starting to teach that that would help me feel more rooted.
Stepping back to ask myself some of these questions has led me to make some conscious shifts in my life the last couple of months. I decided that if I was going to really build this new life that it was time to truly begin to plant myself. That said…I’ve decided to let go of my public Yoga Bliss classes, for the time being, and I have begun working part-time managing one of the yoga studios I teach at. I will also be teaching an additional class there. While I will miss creating my own Yoga Bliss classes and courses, I realized that I was spreading myself too thin and not really committing to any one thing. And given that, my Yoga Bliss classes were not growing in the way that I wanted them to.
When this opportunity to assist at the yoga studio presented itself to me, I realized this would be a great opportunity to connect more deeply to that community – the community I was already serving via the Friday night restorative yoga class I taught there. Plus it would encourage me to let go, move out of my habit of holding tight to what I’m comfortable with, and trust that what is right in front of me, right now, is what I’m supposed to explore.
In addition, and most importantly, I’m hoping this will give me the space to truly re-envision and clarify the work I want to do and the way I want to do it, so I can serve you all more fully from my heart.
So dear friends, while I will no longer be teaching my Wednesday Stress Buster course and my Basic Vinyasa flow on Thursday nights at Clinic, I will still be teaching public classes and workshops around the valley. Check out my schedule below. Hope to see you all soon.
And for you – how does this quote resonate within you?
Do you feel planted where you are?
Are you growing as fully and freely and in the way that you intended wherever you are planted?
I hope so – and if not, now just might be the perfect time to ask yourself the big WHYs - why you aren’t planting and why you aren't growing. .
Here's to blossoming together!!
Peace, Love, and Bliss,
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