I believe in doing what you can

which requires that you have a clear view of what is, uncluttered by ideas of what you used to be able to do or what you’d like to be able to do.

What’s the reality right now?

You have 20 minutes to spare & low motivation or expectation? What can you do with that?

About 8 Years! ago my mom gave me a 5 day CD set of Ana Forrest Yoga with 2 hour sessions each day. 8 years later & I still haven’t done a whole 2 hour session from start to finish.

But I haven’t given up showing up.

And I didn’t let that stop me going to an advanced training with Ana that involved 3 1/2 hour morning sessions 9 days in a row.

I had the great joy & privilege just after that training to share myoga with art students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This was all thanks to a myoga student (& art professor) whose life & art had benefitted so much from her practice with myoga online yoga school this past year that she brought me in to share the work with her students. I had no idea what I was going to do with them over our 3 hour session, until the day before when I looked at their health forms. One woman had cerebral palsy &, like many of the others in her art class, had never done yoga before & therefore did not have a yoga mat.

So she showed up with her bright cartoon character towel & a desire to give it a go. I checked in with her before to see if there was anything she needed & to encourage her to simply adjust to what she could do. Which she did. Afterwards she asked how she could do more, as it had helped her, even just in that short time.

University of North Carolina at Greensboro art students experiencing myoga surrounded by Hamlett Dobbins' Transcendental Meditation-inspired artwork
University of North Carolina at Greensboro art students experiencing myoga surrounded by Hamlett Dobbins’ Transcendental Meditation-inspired artwork

After a year (or maybe more like a lifetime) of deeply questioning what I’m doing & whether to continue teaching, I realize that these are the moments I live for:

The small breakthroughs that I hear from students.

The long-standing journeys that I’ve made myself that have paid off. Like the issue in my pelvis I’ve been working with for the past 26 years–yes that long!–& it finally, finally shifted so I am a far freer woman than I have ever been.

This is what I live for:  The small miracles.

On this new moon in Aries, a sign of the do-er if ever there was one, you might like to plant a seed, an intention, to do one small thing for yourself that moves you just that one step closer to what you perceive as greater freedom for you. Perhaps it’s some time in this very day to be still & not do! Maybe, you can do like Martha Beck, the author, who saw herself living on a ranch yet she had no idea how she was going to buy one. So she bought a cowboy hat in the meantime.

What one thing can you do today that undergirds your vision for yourSelf? Maybe it’s to clarify the vision.

Seeing what-is, & also clearly seeing what enchants you, is a perfect place to start.

 

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