So I was wondering if I had truly burnt-out when I saw an ad for a yin yoga meditation teacher training. And then I realized my very own yoga teacher led it. So I took a week off of work, alone, and lived in a dorm at www.kripalu.org in the Berkshires.
Put your phone down.
We stretched and ate and read and meditated.
Then we got to a deeper level. You see by holding a pose, you get more replenishment. Deep in the body lubrication occurs that the yoga brings to sacrum and heart. The breath connects you to the presence of the central channel. Before you know it, you are wise. You may have released pain and trauma (The Body Keeps the Score) or you may have located anxiety and fear.
I did sneak some tylenol.
I asked myself some important questions. I was awed by the teachers’ patience and equanimity.
Then I came back to work. One woman was so anxious and I said take a deep inner breathe. Another was so concerned and I said, just meet the edge. And yet another was so scarred she wanted to disappear so I said, please know we can hold this…
I didn’t quite think I got it.
Then I escaped a brutal surprise nor’easter to get to Paris. I was meant to visit my daughter who was on semester abroad. But she had changed her plans. And I couldn’t change my tickets!
Here is Paris I thought, this is so much better than I expected. How fresh and clean and delicious this city is. I felt cleansed of social media and saw teens and kids eating and laughing. Not bullying and shooting. Everyone seemed purposeful and pure.
I guess a change of view can really shake you up. Realign you. Articulate your depth. Burn-out is lack of stimulation. So go to the edge no more no less and just try to shift. You may just find yourself shaken not stirred.
1. Go to the edge
2. Discomfort comes and goes
3. Reinvent yourself
4. Through pain there is opening