So my first workshop, “Yoga and Authentic Communication in the Workplace” is just under three weeks away. I had a blast creating it, it is almost complete ( just needs a few last finishing touches), and I really can’t wait to make it actually happen. I’ve been thinking about it and talking about it for a while, and I still find myself a bit surprised at the reality of it. What does it mean to actually have a dream, hope, or plan come true? Today, Kathy told me that people are already signing up, and I found it so hard to believe that I had to see it myself on her computer. I have to laugh at myself, because, well…what did I expect? That we would put the workshop out at Yoga Yoga, and no one would sign up?? Yoga Yoga has so much experience filling workshops, they do it every weekend many times over!
I am constantly reminded of how Yoga helps me communicate. One of the main reasons is that my practice keeps the focus on me. Most of the time, in fact, all of the time, everyone else has “access” to me and my time–cell phone, computer, etc. My practice is my time to simply ” access my authentic self” and during that time no one else has that access. With all of that focused attention, it is easy to see a clear solution to a conflict, or to just arrive at more clarity. Further, my practice gives me confidence, as I move through the physical and mental challenges involved. Finally, in my practice, I learn new ways to listen, and learn from what I “hear”. All of those aspects: conflict resolution, clarity, confidence, and listening, teach me to be a better communicator. And, as I said, I can hardly wait to share this news.
So….I don’t know why it is so hard to believe that in 20 days I’ll be leading a group through a program of breath work, asana and yoga philosophy that will provide them tools to communicate more authentically and effectively. And, it’s happening at just Ihe right time–everything always does. I often say “just relax and let your practice meet you where you are”, which implies an attitude of trust and acceptance. So that makes sense to me (my own advice finally makes sense to me!) and here I am. It is an interesting place to be…realizing a plan, allowing myself to feel as if I deserve to be here, and then putting my full heart and soul into it so that it will be a success and lead to more opportunities.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? … And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. excerpt from “A Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson