I am always surprised at how seamlessly I am able to integrate myself into the life of a new customer, even on our very first meeting. My new clients today were a couple, coming together to do yoga for the first time. I have other couples as yoga students, all husbands and wives. Believe me, the irony, and to a certain extent, poignancy, is not lost on me. And I truly believe that each and every one of these unique encounters are graced opportunities; moments to grow and learn about myself, even when I am not really sure what my next step should be.
My clients today were gracious and funny beginners; middle-aged, fairly physically inflexible, and yet so prepossesingly open to the idea of expansion and energetic flow that they both stuck with it, to varying degrees of success, for an 80 minute asana practice. They emerged at the end, after savasana, twitchy, exposed and slightly inspired; rumpingly declaring their need to repeat the experience, without hesitation they bravely stepped onto a different path.
I love when that happens. It’s just so unbelievably awesome to be a part of a moment in the life of a new customer when he or she surrenders to the moment at hand and dives in eagerly to the unknown energy of an invitation to open up in a fresh and beautiful fashion. And so we begin……..
And just as I experience vicariously these energetic shifts in the lives of my customers, I am also offered on many many occasions the opportunity to do the same myself. I can take my newly formed self into challenging situations, head held high, firmly empowered and approach the encounter with a love and authenticity that belies the fear I have of doing an old thing in a new way.
I have begun to understand and live within my heart the concept, as corny as it sounds, that love really can conquer all. It starts with a firm, strong and effervescent love of self that extends outwards toward others, gently lapping at the jagged misunderstood places that require soothing; coaxing the unfathomable into something resembling serenity, peace and hope. Thus awakened, a step in a direction I never ever believed I would take, all of the sudden embraces my whole self as the right one and assures me that the next step and the next and the next is equally filled with a love way beyond my understanding. It is a step and another and another and another that I feel has been bestowed upon me, gifted even, to me, to make.
And so, I will, I will, I will.