As a child, I always had a journal. It was the sacred space I craved to be in all the time. I was very connected to my emotions and expressed them through writing. As I got older, I noticed that I embodied the grace of a nurturing leader. With this inner knowing, I knew I wanted a job that involved teaching, helping, guiding, inspiring, leading…
One morning I, amongst 8 others, arrived to our yoga class, rolled out our mats and waited. The teacher didn’t show up. Warmth filled my face and chest. I was “nudged” to teach the class. I was a novice, but for a non-trained yoga teacher, I did pretty well.
I remember calling my mom afterwards and telling her all about it, “Ma, omg, I taught my first yoga class…the teacher didn’t show…I just had to teach…I loved it…it won’t be the last time” As always, supportive and encouraging, she told me to look into teaching yoga.
And this is when the love of teaching ascended. I knew I loved teaching, but the only teaching careers I understood, was school teaching. I was never certain that being a school teacher would fulfill me, so I chose hairdressing.
I loved playing it safe, so I always made choices that were in my comfort zone. It felt safe and good enough.
“There comes a point in time when you just have to go with the flow and embrace what you were meant to do…and hope for the best.”
I have revisited these words many times over and in the last several months. The calling to step into my medicine has become stronger. When I dampen my flame, I not only hurt myself, but everyone else. When I am in my light, I know I am of service to the entire world, including myself. Why, though, do I forget to stay in my light and step into my medicine?
Maybe I’m conditioned to playing it safe, small, and staying in my comfort zone.
My words to you (and myself)
Beautiful soul, may you step into your medicine every single day. Shine out. There are many out there that are waiting for what you offer. You were born with such amazing gifts. Shine out. Don’t be afraid. You are loved, you are safe.
“Don’t die with your song left inside you” -unknown