When you get, give. When you learn, teach.
Maybe it’s the start of summer or the fact that I will have two months of freedom to stay up late, practice yoga anytime of day that I choose, or do just about anything my little heart desires, but I am feeling extremely grateful. And naturally, through gratitude, I’ve also found that giving back is what’s really in my heart. When I’m teaching yoga I feel like I can give back both physically and spiritually.
At the closing of 2016, I set out to make each day count. Throughout the past 6 months I started this blog to inspire people through writing, completed my yoga teacher training to deepen my spiritual practice and closed other doors in my life that no longer served me. The result has made me more grateful and more fulfilled than anything else I’ve done in a long time.
You Get What You Give
I truly believe that what you put out there, you get back ten fold. When I set out to start a new chapter of my life teaching yoga I was only half aware of what I would really get out of it. This training didn’t just prepare me to teach the physical practice of yoga, but it taught me so much more. Living the principles of yoga off the mat is far harder than any physical practice I’ve ever done. It required me to search deep within myself to get closer to understanding my true purpose in this life. Being able to provide a sense of healing and peace through teaching yoga gives me so much joy.
Get Aligned With Your Purpose
Now that I’m becoming more aligned with where I’m meant to be serving, I’m already seeing new doors open up and new opportunities presenting themselves. This past week I attended an event for the New Rochelle Rotary Club, an organization that is committed to serving the greater good of the community. There, I networked with an incredible woman who is serving the community in so many different capacities and I am completely in awe of her work and commitment. She runs the Lincoln Park Community Garden in New Rochelle, NY and I offered to provide yoga classes in the green space for the community. I’ll be posting my teaching schedule soon! So stay tuned.
I’m so grateful that I can teach beyond my English classroom in the Bronx. Now, I can reach the communities that I live in, belong to and seek to be a part of.
Granted, my faith in God is a big part of what led me to this awakening. But partnered with my daily meditation and prayer is where I find the clarity to know where I can best serve. This is all possible through a consistent practice and discipline in our daily lives. As we discover what our bodies and souls really need, we practice letting go of old habits and attitudes that aren’t aligned with who we truly are. We’re always practicing.
The goal isn’t perfection. Practice > perfection is what I’m working on.
How about you? Leave us a comment on how you serve, find gratitude, or feel like you are living your true purpose.