Last week I passed by a tree right as the wind picked up. 20 or 30 leaves suddenly began their journey to the ground. Some went stem-first and quickly fell, some caught a draft and slowly, slowly floated their way down, some went twirling and spinning through the air like a whirling dervish.
But they all got there. They all got to the ground. They just did so in their own very unique way.
One of the things I have deeply appreciated about teaching online for all these months is the opportunity my students have had to practice without comparisons, to practice their own practice and to give themselves what they need without feeling like someone else is watching them.
Yes, there are things I miss about being in-person, about being around other humans and feeling that deep human connection in a class.
But there is something deeply special about seeing my students in their own practice, with no one else around to compare themselves to, taking the needs of their own body into account.
Just like those beautiful leaves, taking their own unique journey to the ground, so to are we on our very own, unique journey. May we give ourselves permission to take our journey without comparison, without judgement of ourselves.
I am so deeply grateful for each of you, have a wonderful weekend dear friends.
Remember that hill from last week?
Yeah, I do too.
But, here’s the thing about that hill. As I said, I ran and/or walked up that hill two weeks in a row. No distractions. I don’t like listening to anything while I run and hike, so I was all alone in my thoughts.
And I had zero idea it was a hill I’d hiked countless times. I think I’ve hiked that particular hill probably in the neighborhood of 60 or 70 times. Not only have I hiked it, but I’ve stopped at the bottom and taken a picture of one particular log. I used to lead yoga hikes in Rock Creek, and that was the loop we would take. We would stop at the bottom of the hill, I would take a group picture of the folks who were with me, we would spend a little time looking at the river, and then we would hoof it up that awful hill. So many times, so very many times.
Furthermore, I’ve done that loop by myself countless times also. Always stopping at the bottom. Always spending time looking at the river. Frequently sitting on that same log while listening to the water move.
But these last couple of weeks I came to that same hill from a different direction and a different starting point. I got to that spot from a different trail. And when I came to that exact spot I had been to countless times before, from a completely different starting point and direction, I had no idea where I was, it was completely new to me.
How often do we simply need to come to a situation from a different direction? How might our perspective change if we looked at a problem in a new light? Perhaps we just need to come at it with a new angle to see our situation in a whole new way.
So this week dear friends, I hope we can see something in our lives a little differently, I hope we can shift our perspective so we can see the same situation in a whole new way.
I hope you have a fabulous weekend dear friends. I am so deeply honored to have you in my life.
If you haven’t already, you’ll soon come to realize that I find much of my inspiration while surrounded by trees.
Last week I ran up a really big hill. It wasn’t fun, my lungs weren’t happy with me at the top, and I deeply wanted to stop and walk, but I didn’t. I kept running.
But the best part was, the previous week I had started walking halfway up that same hill…...because, well, it’s a really big hill.
We can do hard things dear friends. We can do hard things.
But we don’t always need to do hard things. And we aren’t built to stay in a constant state of discomfort.
Last week it was the correct decision to run, but that previous week it was the correct decision to walk…….and who knows what decision will be correct next week.
We can do hard things. But we can’t constantly sustain a state of hardship. So in those days of determination and grit, how can we soften, how can we find ease, how can we give ourselves permission to walk when needed? Can we find that balance between hard and soft, between effort and ease?
Let’s strive to find a balance, to listen to our needs in the moment, and to give ourselves permission to take what we need.
Have a fabulous weekend dear friends. I am so deeply grateful for each of you!
Fall. What a lovely season, what a lovely reminder of the cycle of nature and of life.
I've been doing a lot of inner-work lately. Looking at patterns and behaviors, sitting in aspects of life I want to change and improve, thinking about new skills I want to build in myself. It's been interesting, and hard, and a little scary, and really rewarding.
And it's been reminding me of the cycle of nature. How this brilliance of color is part of the cycle for new life to begin again, how change is required.
I don't think I have anything profound to say about this.......but I hope you, like me, are enjoying the beginnings of change both in the world around you and perhaps in your inner world as well.
Have such a happy day dear friends. I am so deeply grateful for you!
(Rock Creek last Friday.......I'm excited to see what it looks like this week!)
Krista is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She has an online studio with all sorts of different class types!