“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and its suffering. … The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. … Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one. ”
― Goldie Hawn
Recently I was going back over my Forrest Yoga certification work. To become a Certified Forrest Yoga Instructor, there’s a lot of reading and writing assignments to complete. It was a neat experience to look back over my writing and the feedback from my mentor teacher from nearly a year ago when I got certified. Much of the writing reflected where I was at the time in my life when I wrote it, so it was interesting to see how things have shifted since then. I was reminded of some of the salient points from the articles and books on the reading list.
Even though I’m reading at a different stage in my life, it’s funny how you’ll stumble across an insight that is particularly relevant to you at that moment. These points in particular spoke to me. Maybe they will to you too.
Go with what you want to offer others, do it, and you will build your belief in yourself.
You are responsible for the intention behind the energy you put out into the world, but the results are not under your control.
And this quote worthy of a prominent place on my fridge so I can stare at it every day:
“If only I’d…” When we second guess our decisions or get caught up in wondering if we should have chosen differently or just done something different, we are halting the progression of our own growth.” –Carolyn Myss
“A pose without spirit is a statue”–Ana Forrest
How many times have you been in yoga class just hanging out in a pose, wondering when you will move to the next pose or how many minutes are left in class? When you’re going through life, do you feel like you’re going through the motions? Merely surviving instead of truly living?
I love this quote because it reminds me I don’t want to be a statue. Even if my spirit feels buried, I can re-connect to my breath and know that’s the first step to inviting my spirit and spark back in.
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