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reflections and insight into my healing, transformation, and journey of the heart <3
From August 2009 – June 2010, three highly transformative “events” changed the trajectory and landscape of my life and heart:
1) The biggest relationship of my life ended in a giant “ka-boom.” The circumstances of the ka-boom and the loss of “my person” was extremely emotionally traumatic. I was devastated, hurt to my very core. I have never been in so much pain and I grieved hard for a very long time. I remember how hard my dad cried when my brother died (my brother was 27 and I was a senior in college). My dad sobbed with every muscle in his body and from the depths of his core. That is how hard I cried, that is how deep and profound the hurt and this loss was for me.
2) I read Eat, Pray, Love and this memoir changed my life. I started reading EPL about 6 months after the ka-boom, during the dark months of winter. EPL was like my self help book for weeks. I read about 5 pages a day and slowly digested Elizabeth Gilbert’s story, her insights, and the insight of others she met along the way, most notably “Richard from Texas.” Her story and insights brought a lot of healing into my life and inspired my return to yoga, this time with a new intention: to heal in body, mind, and spirit. Liz Gilbert also inspired me to begin traveling on my own. I embraced her spirit and set out on my first solo adventure to Italy where I attended my very first yoga retreat, a week long Anusara retreat in the hills of Umbria.
3) From the rolling hills of Umbria I delved into my yoga practice. Upon my return from Italy, I dedicated myself to yoga, absorbing the practice in body, mind, and spirit, into my essence. Yoga has become a part of who I am and has shaped the way I live my life: from the heart <3. I practice in a tradition that is inspired by Anusara yoga and tantric philosophy.
In the budding months of spring, 2012 I formulated what I call my “new life vision.” I realized that everything I’ve been through in life – the hardships, the pain, the suffering – that this is a tremendous gift, an amazing resource I can draw from to help others. In my “new life vision” I see myself applying all that I’ve learned on my mind-body-spirit journey and working with others who are healing from loss and grief and are on the path of personal growth and development and awakening.
The first part of my “new life vision” was to become a certified yoga teacher. In December, 2014 I completed TWO years of yoga teacher training, investing myself in nearly 325 hours of training time, to earn / be awarded a 200 hour Certificate of Completion with Seattle Yoga Arts.
The second part of my “new life vision” is to pursue a master’s in counseling. It’s ambitious, but doable. For now, I have tabled the master’s degree pathway and instead am growing myself as a new yoga teacher. In addition to teaching weekly classes, which I am LOVE-ing, I am earning hours toward a 500 hour yoga teacher certification.
Last June 27, 2014, while leading 8 spirited souls on a WILD adventure in the woods to honor the 5 year anniversary of my wedding, I discovered a passion and a gift for creating sacred ritual and ceremony. I now have yet another aspiration/dream: to become a CELEBRANT, to create sacred rituals and ceremonies to remember, honor, and celebrate life. To manifest this dream, I created and host a monthly new moon circle, manifest mOOndays.
And . . . it is my hope and aspiration that one day I will be organizing and leading yoga retreats at fun destinations around the world. I suspect all of this will happen before I turn 44! (at the moment, I am 38 – both ages are incredibly potent and auspicious) Stay tuned . . .
More about the author:
I am a dedicated student and practitioner of non-violent communication (NVC). I began this journey at the beginning of 2013 and I continue to move deeper into NVC Consciousness. I practice weekly in a Deepening Integration Group (DIG) created by my teacher, Karl. Our group is now a co-created, peer led group.
I LOVE nature and the outdoors. Among my regular outdoor activities – I bike to work, hike, and snowshoe. I love to travel and I love adventure. I love to pl@y. I volunteer with Seattle Inner City Outings and take urban youth on wilderness outings; I served as the Team Lead for my team and grant writer for the organization for years! – I have since passed the baton.
I enjoy reading. Contemporary literary fiction is my genre of choice. I have a BA in English and History from Linfield College and an MA in English from Western Washington University. Once upon a time, I taught composition courses at WWU and Seattle Central Community College. My favorite essay to teach was the personal essay.