Ready. Set. B r e a t h e...
Today I am giving myself permission to take a much-needed breath.
I am taking a pause and some space to reflect and get ready for the weekend ahead. To put the things we create into the world is fun, scary, exciting, and full of unexpected twists and turns. No matter how organized, prepared or ready you think you are there's intention and
then there's life.
Today I need to make some space for life.
In less than four days I have people from all over coming to
This thing that for whatever reason had to be born through me. And I am so grateful it did. Because, as much as I am its creator I am also its student.
In the last two weeks, I've been meeting with my guest teachers, finalizing the teaching schedule, ordering supplies, renting chairs, ordering coffee, stocking up on markers, printing forms, and putting some love into a few surprises for the students. This is the last push but the one thing I haven't done is b r e a t h e.
Because taking a breath isn't encouraged, is it? Hustle. Push. Drive. Create. Sell. Do. These things are encouraged. I get it, it's the actions you take that get you from where you are to where you want to go. Dreams require movement.
Movement without being centered is called burn out.
Movement from your center is called passion.
Awaken Your Practice is certainly a passion project. And the people coming this weekend are working in their passion projects or at least they desire to be.
The AYP book opens with a return to your center and ends with a call to surrender and let go. Today I surrender. I am so proud of this teaching and the people who felt called to attend it. I have done everything I need to do. I've written, connected, shared, and created the space. And now all I have to do is show up and share.
Believe it or not, the actual teaching is the easy part.
We all know how to BE the thing we're called to. We know how to create, write, photograph, build, coach, design, stretch, and share. It's letting ourselves play big, ask people to show up, have the courage to say what we're brilliant at and dare to be seen that is the real work.
It's our contribution that defines us. When you answer your calling this is what you're really doing. Contributing.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead
So here's to what calls you and whispers from your heart in the middle of the night. Here's to the silent knowing that tugs at you. And to you answering it for the world to bask in.
Now I am off to walk among the trees and take the most sensational breath.
Light and love, Andrea