Unfolding on the Mat
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What lights you up?
This was the question my friend and colleague, Tej Arvind, recently asked me, and I was surprised at where it took me.
I often give her a buzz when I'm in a moment of standing still and contemplating a next phase in my life. She has a gift with reading the planets, and this time was no exception. Her insights validated much of what I've been sensing about this strange time in our lives and helped me gain some focus and direction.
Her simple question took me from wondering about what I SHOULD do to what I LOVE to do. Just asking the question lit me up! I mean, wow! There are so many things that light me up! I love teaching yoga, being with my family, visiting with friends, swimming, walking, writing, and studying.
But her question was more specific than that. Within teaching, what lights me up? Within relationship, what lights me up? What is it about writing and studying that brings that inner joy to the surface?
Digging a little deeper brought me to a place where I wasn't sure.
What is the common spark of joy within all these areas of my life ?
Frankly, this isn't a brain or thinking question. This is a spirit question. This is an embodiment question.
As Mark Nepo puts it in The Book of Awakening,
"Though life sometimes begins in the head, the full body of joy cannot be know there."
So how does one answer a non-thinking question?
Take it to your practice.
A yoga practice of embodiment helps you slow down your mind. The control of your breath calms the chatter that repeatedly asks, and tries to answer, the questions meant for your heart.
We will do this in our online classes together this week.
To do this anytime on your own, grab your mat and journal and try this:
May what lights you up from the inside determine your steps on the outside.
Jessica lives, has a family, and teaches yoga in Austin, Texas.