May’s Founder’s Muse

may Kimberly's muse

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. — Mother Teresa

Welcome to May at Tranquil Space. After four years of studies, this week I am tying a bow around my Master’s of Social Work. I’ve said goodbye to many clients at Amtrak’s Employee Assistance Program {sigh}, put my stamp on macro projects–including yoga on the train videos, and have two final classes this week. My two supervisors and fellow intern treated me to tasty Korean BBQ (tofu, of course) at Union Market, a vanilla bean cupcake, thoughtful gifts, and a stroll through the Franciscan Monastery in honor of my last day. So thoughtful. I’ll be skipping the pomp and circumstance of graduation to savor a silent meditation retreat in the woods instead–more my speed.

While I have worked with mentoring clients for years, having the opportunity to serve diverse clients with assorted struggles as an intern was a true gift. Since middle school I’d planned on being a therapist. In my early days of teaching yoga I saw the classes as a modified form of group therapy. Then in May 2009 while co-leading a retreat in Costa Rica with Pari, I decided it was time to pursue the practice further.

Although there were many late night scholarly papers, last minute research done while leading retreats abroad, and over 1000 hours of internship at Amtrak and N Street Village, I have grown in many ways. For example, having a supervisor and not being in charge after years of self-employment took some adjustment. Working on a PC was an embarrassing struggle at times. Creating my very first powerpoint presentation and hosting my first webinar left me a bit anxious. Thank goodness for yoga. Sitting down with my first client as their counselor was unnerving. Learning organizational culture also took some adjustment {you sure no peep toe wedges?} Yep, only closed toe shoes in Amtrak’s safety sensitive environment.

One thing I’ve observed during this process is that ongoing evolution is therapeutic. Incorporating tools and learning new skills feels good. The continual pushing of edges that we teach on the mat at Tranquil Space translates beautifully into everyday life. The next six months will be filled with even more evolution. Learning additional skills while living and writing in France for six weeks {parlez-vous anglais?}, turning 40, traveling across North America in a vintage RV {listen to our announcement of the Tranquility Tour}, taking heaps of online classes {including two through coursera}, playing host through air bnb, and more. Although evolution is scary, it helps me feel alive. When done in baby steps, that is.

Where do you long for change? Learn a new skill. Explore a new part of the city. Dabble in yin yoga or teacher training. Do a juice cleanse. Learn a new language. Try pushing your edges on a daily basis ever so slightly. Nonjugdmentally observe what unfolds. Sometimes we push too far, sometimes we explore too little. Find the sweet spot in your evolution process. After all, you are perfect as you are. Sometimes you simply need–and crave–a little creative enhancement. All things are beautiful works in progress. And while these ongoing shifts may not change the world, they will create joyful ripples. Namaste.

Kimberly

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