From the villages of India to the streets of NYC, some lessons don't need a passport.
It's been a while. I miss you! Some of you know that I spent the first 5 weeks of the New Year traveling with my boo through India and Nepal. “How was it?” is the invariable question. My response: “It was everything.” There was beauty and decay, confusion and delight, shivering and sweating, all the extremes that inhabit two sides of every coin. I had to keep reminding myself “This is India. This is not the United States.” And drop the judgement.
There were awe-inspiring mountains and perfect beaches, street samosas and curries, plastic hills and poop. There were kind strangers and swindlers. The details don't really matter. I left India with an enduring sense of the new possibilities for living life (that, and a book I'm swearing by, Outrageous Openness by Tosha Silver). A new perspective on letting myself go into the flow, trusting in divine timing and harmony, rather than the stereotypical New Yorker way of trying to manipulate every little detail of life. As if the switchboard to the Universe responded to my touch alone. It's a lot of deep work, but in going forward I am committed to surrendering into trust and dropping my ego's tyrannical to-do list. As a result, I like paying attention a lot more now. And breathing.
My new urge in this direction was strongest during the first week of my return to New York City. EVERYONE noticed. The same New Yorkers I had interacted with daily on the streets, the subway, the cafes, the yoga studios - were kinder, more talkative, more open to me than their reputation would predict. Strangers smile at my all the time now (or do I smile at them first? Either way, everyone's smiling). I learned to be truly inspired by wide diversity of human experience – to be curious and ask questions. To share my experiences. This instantly shatters the illusion of separateness.
No, it isn't necessary to be open ALL the time. Actually, I don't believe that is healthy. There are times when we naturally want to introvert, to ground, to rest and digest, and that is also good and necessary. Even the moon needs a break from being adored by human eyes. It delighted me to learn that the leaves of plants actually serve dual functions: the top side of the leaf is for photosynthesizing, and the bottom side is for breathing. The top part takes in light and makes food, the other half just breathes, just IS.
With this new knowledge and perspective, I am pleased and honored to offer a range of healing services to you, my beloved New Yorkers: private yoga, corporate yoga, and Rolfing bodywork sessions. Book your sessions online.
“It's all how you hold your vibration...and your mind.” -Tosha Silver