My journey since the beginning of the year has been educational, emotional, spiritual, and one of intense growth. In February, I returned to the magical Kripalu, for the final part (the mental health module) of my 300 hour advanced teacher of therapeutic yoga course. The time I spent at Kripalu has changed me, not only in my understanding of yoga therapy, but as a person. It was the first time I truly experienced a Sangha; the sense of belonging to a community of kindred spirits; all these kind and compassionate yoga teachers wanting to help people. It was a major step in helping me to open up and let people in (as I had built some serious defence walls to help me deal with illness and the world in general).
Then in April I was fortunate to attend a weekend workshop by Ty Powers; Staying balanced + true to yourself during change: self-inquiry, meditation + mindfulness. It was a small setting which made it intimate and easier for people to open up; it was a lovely shared experience. I first met Ty on the Silent retreat in Italy (with his wife Sarah) where he shared insights on Buddhism. This workshop was all about changes in life; how to navigate cross-roads that help to find your path. He referred to the work of Phillip Moffitt who is a writer and meditation teacher who wrote the book “Emotional Chaos to Clarity: Move from the Chaos of the Reactive Mind to the Clarity of the Responsive Mind” – for more see my books page. He also referred to the Hero’s story and Joseph Campbell, an American Professor of Literature who worked in comparative mythology and religion. The Power of Myth (also an amazing series of interviews on Netflix) gives insight on how we have lost the practical and symbolic function of myths and how this loss impacts modern society.
Then two weeks ago, big cherry on top of my educational cake, I went to the Hoffman process (which was first recommended to me by Ty Powers); it was transformational, inspirational, emotional and incredibly insightful. A super intense roller-coaster of a week, where I cried and laughed like never before; a week full of rituals, where I showed up with compassion, courage and vulnerability and where I was supported by 24 soul-mates (I again experienced that feeling of Sangha).
It reminded me of the Hero’s journey; where there was separation (left my every-day world), initiation (went through a series of tests) and return (taking my learnings back to every-day life). It has reinforced the power of gratitude and compassion. I’m sure to write more about the impact the process continues to have on my life, as a lot of my learnings have to perculate and need a chance to grow and blossom. If you want to learn more, I would recommend reading this article Tim Laurence wrote on the process - he also wrote a practical book; see my books page.
I continue to feel grateful to be able to keep learning and growing and I strongly feel it will help me teach and spread the energy that the world needs so desperately right now. It helps me to live wholeheartedly and I am forever grateful for all my teachers!