Two weeks ago, I started new meditation and restorative yoga classes at Maitri Yoga Center. Yay! It has been a fun time to start these classes because the topic at the studio this month is renewal. Renewal is what is happening in my business and in my life, so I thought I would kick off this renewed website with a post on renewal!
Let’s start with the word renewal. According to Merriam-Webster, renewal is defined as “the state of being made new, fresh, or strong again.” When I think of making something new, fresh, and strong again, I think of growth. By growth, I mean the authentic, deep, meaningful kind of growth. The kind that brings sustainable change to your life. The kind that takes you places you never thought were possible. The kind that really, actually makes you new, again.
Real growth offers the promise of new possibilities, new happiness, and freedom from our old patterns. So, why do we even need to talk about renewal? Because sometimes growth is hard! And for me, this is when resistance rears its head.
Resistance is a part of renewal. It is a natural part of the process of growth. I sometimes think of a tiny seed underground. It is normal and natural for that seed to take in nutrients from the soil, break out of its shell, and push through the dirt to reach for the sun. That is a lot of hard work for the tiny seed! But, going through this process means that seed will sprout and grow into the beautiful new flower she was meant to be.
I often have to push through a lot of dirt to get to a place where I can feel the sun. Even now, as I am growing my business and teaching more meditation and yoga, I feel the work of growth. I am keenly aware of the inner “dirt” I have to push through to grow! I might have to let go of some of my fears and insecurities. I might have to shift the ways I support and care for myself and others. I might have to change. Scary! Luckily, I have some tools to help me along the way. Mediation is key for renewal. Meditation allows us, like the seed, to take in the nourishment we need to be able to break through the dirt and debris, and find the sun inside each of us.
So, in the spirit of renewal and growth, I invite you to join me for some meditation – in person, on your own, or even right now. Let’s nourish ourselves as we break out of our old shells and work our way towards new growth. Take a breath, open your heart, deeply surrender, and reach for the radiant sun inside.
Join me on Fridays for my new classes at Maitri Yoga Center!
10:30-11:15 Meditation (FREE), and 11:30-12:45 Bliss/Restore
You can also find me on Thursdays at Eldorado Mountain Yoga Ashram.
Rejuvenating Yoga, 5:00-6:30