Monday evening I had the great opportunity to lead a class for an amazing group of local yoga teachers. Lululemon Sponsored the event which grew out of a focus group they had a few months ago with local teachers who spoke of their desire to have a deeper connection to each others. They asked me if I would lead a practice and I was super happy to do so. Here are some of my opening words:
I led a strong practice and then we had some food and drinks and a chance to just hang out together, which was really awesome. There are so many things that foster community and I write about this a lot as many of you know. One very real aspect of community is time and place. Having a time set aside and a gathering place for everyone to come together goes a very long way. It was so fun to see a room packed full of amazing teachers and practitioners all laughing and practicing together. And since I know so many of the folks in the room I also know in that room were past hurts, haunts and hang-ups with one another and yet, it seemed to me, most folks were willing to set that down for a few hours, to get some "food for the yoga teacher's soul" and touch base with something bigger than those stories.
Seems to me part of transformational community is a certain amount of conflict. It is never a big deal with me when conflict surfaces in a community. For me, community is defined by the response we bring to our individual and collective problems, not by the fact problems come into our midst. Bring two or more people together and well, there may be the Spirit of God but there is also going to be jealousy, competition, politics and hurt feelings. And when we are in those times I think it is super important not to turn that one instance into a snapshot or to make it permanent fixture in our mind and heart. Life, I think, is much more like a moving picture than like a snap shot. Take a picture of any of us at any given moment in time and we might not be looking so good. Keep the camera running over the course of our lives and you will see so much beauty, compassion, and inspiration in the midst of the heartbreaks and hell realms.
I figure conflicts are the invitation to intimacy. Many times, we make it through and grow into deeper understanding and unity. Sometimes, relationships end as a result of what, at the time, was an insurmountable challenge. And while I feel like there are defining moments when we are really called to step up and the failure to do so may bring with it dire consequences for us and others, from what I can tell, we usually get another chance to do the work. Psyche, whether it is ours personally or whether she is acting collectively in a group, is somewhat relentless like that-- always crafting ways to nudge us to new places, if we dare.
It was a beautiful evening where so much of that was set aside and the nectar of good company was palpable. Many folks told me it was just what they needed and it was truly my bliss to be in service to this community that I love so much.
Here a few scenes:
More soon. Asana Junkies today then a long weekend in San Marcos!
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