We started this year with an Uplift 2020 Challenge.
Uplift 2020 does not mean a 30-day challenge in and of itself. It was an offering to dive into your practice and into your heart.
What are the synchronicities you developed on your mat that took you far beyond your mat? Maybe it was a connection with a new friend? Maybe it was an asana you thought you could never move into? Maybe it was a commitment you made to yourself to practice 3-4x a week? Maybe it was trying something completely new, and you took your first down dog with us during that challenge? Maybe it was just a time for you to bow your head a few times a week and focus on you? Maybe it was to be a part of something collectively? Without agenda, without an expectation. Whatever you decided for yourself at that time was exactly what it needed to be, but remember whatever that nudge was….it got you to unroll your mat, that inner motivation got you to say yes!
Uplift 2020 has not ended. If anything, it has grown legs, it has grown a ring around the tree.
It has grown a seed that you did not know was within you. Maybe it has grown a new skill. Maybe you have developed a passion that was non-existent before. Or maybe you rested, retreated, and observed, and in that you became the witness to your own thoughts and hence a greater discernment to all you watched and listened too.
2020 has brought light to many shadows, many blind spots within us and the collective. Growth is growth though, do not let the outer circumstances crush your spirit. Let it develop and nurture it.
However, we approached this year in our own lives is our own personal choice. But I am here to give you a gentle healing reminder that We get to choose how we feel in every moment. We get to decide how we navigate the turbulence; we get to decide that. You get to decide.
So, on the eve of virtual school or for those face to face with unending demands upon you, and to the unofficial end of summer; May we all choose to uplift the rest of 2020.
May we all choose to look ahead and know that even as things change and shift, we can choose to uplift ourselves and those around us.
We get to choose which attitude we show up with, nobody else.
And if nobody has told you lately, let me be the first. You are appreciated, admired, and needed! Please give yourself some credit, a pat on the back a deep bow for all you have navigated, lived through, and lost. Give yourself the Love you deserve for showing up however you were able too the last 7 months.
I honor you, the students, the teachers, the friends, family, colleagues, and community. We are all on this journey together and may we all continue to uplift 2020 because those legs you have grown are like the roots of a tree. And when the roots are strong, there is no reason to fear the wind.