Out of Challenge Comes Change

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Here’s a thought I’d like to share…

“I do not understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.” ~ Anne Lamott

Out of challenges comes change.

Have you ever had the feeling that something’s just not right, that something needs to change?

Five years ago, that’s where I was. I was uncomfortable and knew I needed a change. I wasn’t sure what that meant, what it was supposed to look like, or what I was supposed to do, but I knew that I was going to do something. It was a call to action.

My first action was to pause, to get still and quiet so I could get back in touch with my heart. Then, armed with a cup of coffee and a legal pad, I sat on my front porch swing and started writing down what I most deeply longed for. I didn’t censor this list and I didn’t hold back. I saw where some changes needed to be made and how fear and not wanting to “rock the boat” had left me feeling stuck and incapable.

I also saw how what I longed for was important and worth the risk of shaking things up.

With some fear and trepidation, and definitely some discomfort, I made some changes in my work and some changes in my life. It wasn’t easy, but I felt lighter, more open.

And even though those changes came with some discomfort, I knew that following my heart was paramount for my happiness.

I also knew that I longed to deepen and expand my yoga practice – both on the mat and off.  I wanted to have a space for my own practice and for others, to feel accepted, welcomed, and like we belonged to something bigger. Out of that desire, came the decision to start the Monday Morning Yoga class.

Now, five years later, I get to celebrate change, connection, and acceptance with a fierce, courageous, loving group of people.

Over and over, I’m offered the opportunity to see and experience how following your heart, listening deeply, creating awareness, and living mindfully truly changes things.

Yes, it may mean we have to feel the discomfort of challenges. But as my teacher once told me, sometimes discomfort is just traction. And without traction, we don’t move.

Thank you discomfort. You made me move. You made me shift. You made me wake up.

Wishing you just enough traction to make the changes you long to make,


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