A couple of days ago, I stumbled across this quote by Julia Cameron, and it resonated with me so deeply!
My journey into, and through Yoga began with secrecy... something I was afraid to admit. And the more I embraced it, the more its gifts began to unfold.
My journey to becoming a Yoga Teacher similarly began from this place of secrecy (which, in this case, was just another word for fear). I was afraid to admit I was practicing Yoga 13 years ago. And I was afraid to admit that my dream was becoming a Yoga Teacher.
And yet, here I am.
How did I get here?
I faced my fear. I faced my fear of failure. I faced my fear of "not being taken seriously" (that one I still face somewhat regularly). I faced my fear of ridicule. But most of all, I faced my fear of my Self.
And just as the quote says, once I did face my fear - the rest has been surprisingly easy! My passion for Yoga (the practice and teaching) shines through everything I do. My passion for body-acceptance and self-acceptance is my guiding light. Most excitingly, every day I get on my own mat or the mat at the front of a class of students, I learn a little more about myself.
Teaching Yoga as a path to body-acceptance truly feels like my Dharma. It feels like my destiny. And all the work involved in building this absolutely DOES feel like play. How cool is that?
And to think...
If I had never faced my fear and admitted my dream, I wouldn't be here. Living it. That's something to be truly grateful for.
What are you afraid of? What path would you follow if you weren't afraid to admit it's what you truly want?