beautiful red leaf with a heart inside, sweet Louis, feeding Walter at Pigs, standing on moss-covered rock
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Welcome to September at Tranquil Space. I’m penning this while sitting on a screened porch listening to the interplay of rain and crickets – two of my absolute favorite sounds. The conclusion of summer and promise of fall is upon us and I’m ready. As you pour yourself into back to school mode, election season, or the continual tap on the shoulder of tasks avoided over the summer, fall will color the world around you in golden hues. Change is in the air, my friends!
Anais Nin wrote, “Life is a process of becoming. A combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.” Stagnation scares me and my summer showed that through a whirlwind of changes, travels, and out of routine experiences. From France to Portland, from Tranquility Summer Camp to animal rights conferences, from Oklahoma to Vegas, this summer offered up the opportunity to explore who I am becoming.
Since completing my spring semester of social work studies and going on semi-sabbatical from studio management, I have been in a continual state of going with the flow and working to surrender attachment to the way things were. The above quote by Anais Nin serves as the perfect reminder to embrace change and all the struggles that go with it. Everywhere I look there seems to be heaps of transition happening and I presume you are no exception. Nature offers the perfect example as the leaves begin to change and fall. We are transitioning from summertime to an autumnal slowing down and will continue to evolve with exposure to new ways of thinking and being.
Speaking of new ways of thinking and being, I’ve recently come across the great work of Zoe Weil, author of Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life. She writes, “when we do the most good and the least harm through our daily choices, our acts of citizenship, our communities, our work, our volunteerism, and our interactions, we create inner and outer peace.” Her Institute for Humane Education is offering an online course on creating a better world and meaningful life. I’ll be in attendance with bells on while also basking in “A Year of Mindfulness” program, my final year of graduate school, and internship in the Employee Assistance Program at Amtrak. Exciting month! I can’t get enough of these learning experiences filled with tranquility tools and look forward to sharing it all through teacher training, weekly classes, and retreats.
As you transition from summer to fall mode, I encourage you to think deeply about your life as your message. This is how we take our yoga off the mat. Adopt the graceful change habits of nature. Let your daily choices be aligned with your values. Step onto the yoga mat with a sense of adventure and beginner’s mind. Ask yourself how you can create a better world and meaningful life. That is the practice of yoga.
In closing, I want to share a few savvy sources to enlighten your journey on and off the yoga mat:
Dine Like a Yogi: Great article by Victoria Moran (speaking at the studio September 20)
Zoe Weil Tedx Talk: The world becomes what you teach
Living Your Yoga Series: 3 weeks of exploring ways to live yoga (starts September 11)
Tranquil Space Lifestyle E-course: Nutrition, yoga lifestyle, creativity, breathwork with 4 teachers
Teacher Training: Deepen your practice or launch a new career path
Yarn Bombing: Share your creative signature with this community effort
Artistic Living: Podcast featuring teacher Mary Catherine Starr’s artistic journey
Wishing you a fresh month filled with comfortable transition, reflective space, and lots and lots of yoga. Namaste.