Week 9 – The Practice

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    In the last seven days, I have taught ten yoga classes, facilitated a three day yoga training, recorded and edited three yoga, meditation and breath practice videos, participated in two business meetings, written a newsletter, and responded to a myriad of emails, phone calls and direct messages. I share this with you not to gloat, nor to seek out encouragement or applause, but rather simply share that although I am a wee bit tired today, I feel aligned, purposeful and exactly where I need to be in my work. 

    I didn’t always feel like this though. In fact, I struggled for a number of years trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. In high school, I contemplated massage therapy school or becoming a firefighter. Instead, I chose to study Performing Arts at Red Deer College. After all, I love to sing and dance so why not give it a try. Interestingly, I learned vocal projection and protection, and how to connect with an audience… 

    But, I soon realized that long rehearsal days and repeated late nights at the theatre was not my thing. I’m a morning person AND I love my sleep. So after college I packed up my things, literally, and moved across the country to see and explore what else life had to offer. Plus, mom and dad were here in Nova Scotia, so I had free room and board if and when I needed it.

    By the time I was 29 I had explored 9 different career paths including: Retail Sales Clerk, Waitressing, Commercial Photographer and Food Stylist, Prepress & Graphic Design, Fitness Instructor, Nutrition Counsellor and Sales, Vinyl Sign Maker & Installer, Facility Manager, and Regional Fitness Trainer. Needless to say, it took me a while, and a few wrong turns to figure out what it was that I wanted to do with my life. The more jobs I tried, the more I learned and recognize what lit me up and what drained me out. I learned to understand what felt right, not easy, but right. I figured out when work felt honest, purposeful and aligned, not like work at all.

    The rest is history.

    It is said that you manifest in the physical form to fulfill a life’s purpose. The Chopra Center states that, “When you live in harmonious flow of dharma, the entire field of pure potential opens to you. You’re able to create as much happiness and wealth as you want because you’re aligned with the domain of spirit, the unlimited source of all manifestation.” 

    Whoa. 

    I can’t say I’m there yet but I certainly feel like I am walking along the right path – the path that is meant for me. One foot in front of the other, I keep going. Some days I find myself facing mountains to climb or river rapids to cross, while other days I find myself ease-fully moving through a beautiful, expansive and wide open space where I can catch my breath and bask in the ambience. 

    Living a meaningful life requires one to live aligned with and in dharma. Dharma is an act of opening. It’s a mission, a doorway, a purpose, a destiny, and also, a passive process of surrender and truth. As the Bhagavad Gita teaches, “It is far better to live your own path imperfectly than to live another’s perfectly.”

    What are you constantly drawn to and spend time in? If money was no object, what would you want to spend your life doing and why?