Thursday, January 28, 2010
courage and inspiration
I've gotten into a habit of "naming" each year. 2009 was about TAKING ACTION. I have decided to name 2010 COURAGE and INSPIRATION. Courage, for the path ahead, and all its unknowns. Inspiration to keep going.
I've stepped outside my familiar, comfortable place -- professionally and emotionally. But it's all good. Really good. No regrets. But courage is still needed.
I realized that all my major decisions - of wanting change, of wanting more - have been guided by a need to be inspired. And I write about wanting "more" not in terms of things, but in terms of becoming.
I want to be able to inspire as well, however that may be. But I can only inspire another if I am inspired myself.
I've been revisiting this book lately - a translation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. She writes about the sutras, or "threads" of yoga philosophy in such a thoughtful, yet accessible way. She makes it real.
Here are some of her translations of the yoga sutras:
Slow, peaceful exhalations can be used to restore and preserve balance.
Or engage the focus on an inspiring object.
Or cultivate devotion to the supreme, ever-blissful Light within.
Or dedicate yourself to anything that elevates and embraces your heart.
- Nischala Joy Devi, The Secret Power of Yoga
I do think that our life's work is exactly that - dedicating ourselves to that which elevates and embraces our hearts.
What inspires me?
What elevates and embraces my heart?
In my "work" world:
- Committed teachers and professionals
- Better outcomes for children and families
In my "yoga and wellness" world:
- A healthy body
- A clear, steady mind
- A compassionate heart
- A peaceful spirit
In my "photography/art" world:
- Visual images that can uplift and silence me
In my "food" world:
- Creativity: creating something from nothing (well, not really "nothing"... you always start with a foundation of good, fresh ingredients. But you know what I mean.)
- The need to nurture
I've decided that I can't let go of these other pieces. I just need to keep seeking out sources of inspiration, wherever that may be. Seeing the resiliency of a child. Reading a great article about an issue in my profession. Talking about solutions. Being in movement. Finding strength and focus in a deep belly breath. Tasting an explosion of flavors. Finding beauty in random, everyday moments. Nurturing love and friendship.
I know what inspires me. So the next question in my "life's work" is - how do I take these sources of inspiration and inspire the next person?